“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori

Tuition and Financial Aid

Please click here for tuition for the 2020-21 school year.

Our Commitment

Amherst Montessori School is committed to making its educational programs accessible to families of all socio-economic backgrounds. To accomplish that, we set aside funds in each year's budget to award financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full tuition. Approximately 46% of families receive some form of financial assistance. Typical financial aid awards range from 5%-50% of the tuition, and include a limited number of spaces reserved for families with child care vouchers through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Application and Awards Process

Financial aid awards at Amherst Montessori School are need-based, and are determined through a thorough evaluative process beginning with a family's application through FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition). FAST, created by Independent School Management, is a secure online program that evaluates a family's ability to pay tuition based on a variety of factors. Among the factors considered are: income, net worth, housing costs, number of children paying tuition, and cost of living for our area.

Upon receiving the FAST recommendation, Amherst Montessori School's Financial Aid Committee evaluates the recommended award based upon our applicant pool and available dollars. We evaluate each application on a case-by-case basis and review all applications comparatively to ensure equity and fairness in our decisions. We expect that if both parents are living, both will contribute to their child's education to the best of their abilities. We believe that the family and extended family of the student have the primary responsibility for funding a student's education. Therefore, all possible sources of funding should be explored and/or secured by the family before AMS can consider an award.

The deadline for priority financial aid applications for 2020-21 is February 15, 2020. Notification of financial aid decisions for new applicants to AMS will be made by mid-March 2018.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Click to access the Parent User Guide. This will answer many of your questions about the FAST application process. The Parent User Guide is available in English and Spanish.
  2. To begin your application, click on the link to FAST. The application will take 30-45 minutes to complete. Once you begin, you will create a user name and password that will allow you to exit the application and return at a later time, if needed.
  3. To complete the online application, you will need your 2019 Federal and State income tax returns, as well as other financial information such as household income and expenses, utility information, insurance costs (home, life, auto, medical), medical expenses, etc.
  4. Hard copies of your filed 2019 Federal and State income tax returns are required as part of your FAST application, and must be sent to FAST by February 15, 2020. We encourage you to schedule your tax preparation early so that it is completed by this deadline.
  5. An application fee of $43 is required and can be paid to FAST online by credit card.
  6. Applications must be submitted in their entirety by February 15, 2020 for priority consideration. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in order of date received, if funds remain for disbursement.

State Child Care Voucher

There are a limited number of spaces available through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts child care assistance voucher program. Please click here for eligibility requirements.

University of Massachusetts Undergraduate and Graduate Tuition Assistance

For parents who are currently enrolled or are expected to be enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, child care tuition assistance may be available. Please click here for Student Parent Programs information at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For additional financial assistance information, please call AMS at 413-253-3101.