Frequently Asked Questions
Who may apply for financial assistance?
Any student offered admission to HCMS for the upcoming academic year or any current students enrolling in HCMS for the following academic year and are in good financial standing with HCMS.
Where and when do I obtain an application for financial assistance?
Families may apply online at http://www.ismfast.com.
Is there a fee to apply?
Yes, FAST charges a non-refundable fee for their services. Information regarding fees and instructions for filling out the appropriate forms can be found on the FAST website.
When should I apply?
Applications for each school year can be submitted online beginning January 1 of that year. Applications received after March 1 of that year will be reviewed based upon availability of funds.
May I submit an application after the deadline has already passed?
Yes, however funds are limited. HCMS will review each application as it is received and dispense funds as long as they are available.
How much assistance may I expect to receive?
If you qualify for the full amount of financial assistance available, you may receive a maximum of 60% of the annual tuition. Smaller awards may be offered based on the availability of funds and how many students may be served.
If my family income is $XX,XXX per year, do I qualify? Should I bother filling out an application?
Each family situation is unique and many factors are considered when assessing financial need. Therefore, we are unable to make any determinations for eligibility until all documents have been reviewed.
Is this a loan? Does the money have to be repaid?
Financial assistance received from HCMS is not a loan; it does not need to be repaid. However, due to the limited funds available for financial assistance, we always like to inform families of the educational loans available to qualified families through private institutions. HCMS encourages eligible families to pursue outside funding opportunities.
Hill Country Montessori School, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies or procedures.