Please Note: Financial aid applications for the 2019–20 school year received by March 8, 2019 are given preference. Applications submitted after this date are reviewed on a rolling basis in consideration of any remaining funds.



Many Rivers Montessori values an economically diverse student body and welcomes the opportunity to provide financial support to families who need assistance to send their children to our school. The criterion for a family receiving a financial aid award is demonstrated financial need. The school expects families to recognize their children’s education as a priority expense and to finance it to the extent that they can.

MRM uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on financial information that families provide, SSS provides MRM with an estimated amount that a family can contribute to educational expenses. This information is the basis for the school making fair and equitable financial aid decisions.

The MRM need-based financial aid program operates with a relatively modest budget. The maximum award generally available to any qualifying family at the Primary and Elementary levels is 33% of the school year tuition, with somewhat larger awards potentially available to Middle School families. The financial aid program is primarily directed to students entering Kindergarten through eighth grade, though in some instances families with a three- or four-year-old student entering our Primary program may be eligible for an award. MRM awards are not available for students in the Toddler program.

In addition to Many Rivers' core need-based financial aid program, there are some other options that may be available to families:

  • MRM is approved for CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) funding, from the Toddler years until a child enters kindergarten.
  • At the Toddler and Primary levels, larger awards may be available to families who earn less than 175% of the federal poverty rate.

For more detailed information on how to apply, download our handout entitled "Applying for Financial Aid," and/or contact the school at 218-464-5570. [An updated handout for 2019–2020 has not yet been uploaded.]