Financial Aid at Wilmington Montessori School

Wilmington Montessori School (WMS) is committed to enrolling students from diverse backgrounds representing the global community. The WMS Board of Directors allocates and supports a financial aid program that assists families with demonstrated financial need in considering WMS as an option for their children’s education.

Financial Aid Application Instructions

Opens November 1, 2017
In order to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, Wilmington Montessori School has enlisted the help of Independent School Management's FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. ISM's FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; it provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. FAST provides WMS with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. The analysis is then reviewed by the confidential Financial Aid Committee, which determines the final allocation of financial aid resources for the next school year. Upon approval by the committee, financial aid offers are sent to families.

Financial aid grants are made for one year only, and therefore, you must reapply each school year. Click the FAST logo below to start the process:

FAST application
The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. Online email support and a 24/7 helpline are available to assist you through FAST, and a Parent Guide is available to help you gather information for your application. There is a charge for the application, to be paid by credit card upon completion of the session.
After completing the application, you will be required to mail your 2016 Tax Returns (both State and Federal) with all schedules and W-2s to:
FAST Processing
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594 

Please write "Wilmington Montessori School" on the outside of the envelope to ensure faster processing of your application. Your application will not be considered until we receive your tax returns.

 The Financial Aid Committee considers a number of factors including, by not limited to, the following:

  • Each family’s overall financial circumstances, including adjusted gross income, assets, indebtedness and discretionary expenses
  • Demonstrated financial need 
  • Ability to make commitments to families, not simply to individual students
  • The school's enrollment goals
  • Families currently enrolled at WMS will be prioritized.

  • Purchase of Care (POC)

    WMS also accepts Purchase of Care (POC). Delaware’s POC program is a subsidy that supports early childhood and after-school education and care for more than 15,000 children from birth through age 12 who live within 200% of the Federal Poverty Limits. To learn more or apply for POC, please contact the Division of Social Services office.

    Note: No POC spaces are currently available for WMS's school program. If you wish to apply, you will be notified if space becomes available. POC slots are still available for our Extended Day programs.

    Financial Aid Contact
    For general information about financial aid, the FAST program or Purchase of Care, contact:

    Nancy Oddo
    Important Dates
    FA application opens: November 1, 2017

    FA application (and 2016 tax submission) deadline:
    January 5, 2018

    Award letters mailed (first round): January 22, 2018

    Deadline for re-enrollment/acceptance of FA: February 15, 2018
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