Financial Aid

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Bridgeview Montessori's Commitment

We believe strongly that children who attend Bridgeview Montessori School are well on their way to becoming lifelong, independent learners. We also hope to make learning at our school a reality for as many children as possible. And although we believe that families bear the primary responsibility for financing this education, we do currently offer a need-based financial aid program. Our financial aid program exists to help assure that any admitted student with demonstrated financial need will have the opportunity to attend Bridgeview Montessori School.

How Financial Aid is AwardeD

Bridgeview Montessori, a nonprofit school, partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS in our financial aid process. To begin your financial aid application, please complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. You’ll need your most recent tax return before beginning the PFS. Because our financial aid application due date is March 22, 2017, well before the April 15 income tax due date, you will have to plan accordingly and complete your taxes early. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process.
 
After you submit your PFS, SSS by Nais will compute a Report of Family Contribution (RFC). This report along with your PFS are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee and serves only as a guideline in making financial aid decisions. The Financial Aid Committee consists of the Director of Admissions, the Head of School, and the Business Manager. All reports and supporting documents are held in strictest confidence by only the members of the Financial Aid Committee.

In order for your family to be considered for a financial aid award, your child must be admitted to and enrolled in Bridgeview Montessori School secured with your $500 enrollment deposit for the 2017-2018 school year, and (if a returning student) you must be current with tuition payments and Before and After Care payments. 

FOR FINANCIAL AID APPLICANTS ONLY: If the scholarship awarded still does not make it possible for your child to attend or if no scholarship is awarded, the $500 enrollment deposit can be refunded to you. However, you must request this refund in writing by the date indicated in your financial aid letter.


Financial AID FAQs

What happens if the parents are divorced or separated?

Bridgeview Montessori School believes that parents have an obligation to pay for the education expenses of their children to the extent that they are able, which takes precedence over the School’s responsibility to provide financial assistance. The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of both natural or adopted parents as well as stepparents. Please discuss particular circumstances with the Director of Admissions if you have questions regarding this.

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

Bridgeview Montessori School requires that families receiving financial aid reapply each year through SSS by NAIS. Changes in such things as income, family status, and the number of children attending tuition collecting institutions may result in increases or decreases in an award.

When will I be notified of my award?

Families will receive notification of any award in mid April.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact Suzanne Lawson, Director of Admissions for Bridgeview Montessori School,
508-888-3567 or slawson@bridgeviewmontessori.org. The School and Student Services (SSS) website is also very helpful.

How to Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Online

  1. Go to The School and Student Services (SSS) website. This website is very helpful and will walk you through the process. Any time after October 24, 2016, you many begin your PFS.
  2. Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
  3. Complete your PFS for the academic year 2017-2018. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it.
  4. After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The $48 fee that SSS by NAIS charges is nonrefundable. SSS by NAIS will waive this fee if your income level meets their fee waiver criteria. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
  5. Submit to Suzanne Lawson at Bridgeview Montessori the required documents as noted below. We suggest you blacken out any social security numbers.

Required Information for Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS)

Our school’s full name:
Bridgeview Montessori School

Our school’s SSS code:  
3254

Contact information for our financial aid:  

Suzanne Lawson
slawson@bridgeviewmontessori.org
508-888-3567

Due date for completing the PFS Online:  
March 22, 2017

Due date for submitting additional documents:
March 22, 2017

Documents we require you to submit in addition to the PFS:

  • 2015 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ

  • 2016 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ

  • Schedule C        

Please submit the required supporting documents directly to Bridgeview Montessori School either by mail, by email slawson@bridgeviewmontessori.org, or by dropping them at school:

Bridgeview Montessori School
Attention: Suzanne Lawson
P.O. Box 270
Sagamore, MA  02561-0270

Please know that all of your financial aid documents are 100% confidential and only reviewed by the Director of Admissions, the Head of School, and the Business Manager.

Policy on Nondiscrimination

Bridgeview Montessori School does not in any way discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national/ethnic origin, physical disability, toileting status, gender identity or expression, marital status, or sexual orientation in the administration of its hiring, admissions, and educational policies, or in any other school program.