Sweetbay Montessori School

An Early Childhood & Elementary Montessori School

Indexed Tuition

New for 2019-2020 School Year!

Sweetbay Montessori School is committed to making a Montessori education through the elementary years a realistic option for any family willing to commit to a Montessori education. Therefore, we are very pleased to introduce Indexed Tuition for the 2019-2020 School Year.



What is Indexed Tuition?

Indexed tuition is a model of setting tuition rates for admitted families based on what the family can reasonably afford. Each family who applies for indexed tuition will complete an application with a third-party service (FAST Aid by Independent School Management) who will evaluate the family’s financial resources. The results of the evaluation will determine the family’s tuition rate, up to the amount of full tuition.

Why Indexed Tuition and not scholarships or traditional financial aid?

State need-based scholarships and traditional financial aid programs generally provide most of their financial assistance to those families with the most financial need. However, those programs are often not available to middle income families who are financially secure but who just cannot afford private school tuition, especially for multiple children. 

We feel that we need a more innovative approach to achieve our vision of making a Montessori education accessible to families willing to support the Montessori philosophy for their children's education. 

How do we apply for Indexed Tuition?

 Any family accepted for admission or enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year may apply for indexed tuition. The FAST Aid application fee will be waived for those families who apply prior to July 1, 2019. Simply let us know by email that you would like to apply and we will provide the link and a voucher for the FAST Aid system. 


The application includes a series of financial questions and will require submission of federal income tax documents. There is a 24/7, US-based family support service provided by FAST Aid to assist applicants with the process.

Do we have to apply for Indexed Tuition?

No. Indexed tuition is completely optional and any family who chooses not to apply simply agrees to pay full tuition.

Is there a deadline to apply for Indexed Tuition?

We will accept applications at any time, but priority is given to those applications completed and submitted prior to July 1, 2019. Families must be accepted for admission or enrolled before applying for Indexed Tuition.

What if our Indexed Tuition Rate is still more than my family can afford?

The FAST Aid application provides many different ways for each family to communicate their financial resources and constraints. If the resulting tuition rate is still not affordable, there is an appeal process to provide FAST Aid with additional information to help determine an appropriate tuition rate.

Sweetbay Montessori School welcomes all students and does not exclude, deny admission to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability for participation in, or receipt of the services under any of its programs and activities.