Applying for Financial Aid
Making it possible for ALL families to attend IMA
International Montessori Academy values all forms of diversity, including socioeconomic diversity, as a means of enriching the learning environment for all students. Limited, need-based tuition assistance is available each year for eligible students. We've partnered with School and Student Services (SSS) to assist with determining the distribution of Apogee Scholarship funds for financial aid. To begin your financial aid application, you will complete the SSS Parents' Financial Statement, or PFS. School and Student Services charges a non-refundable
$49 processing fee for this service.
The Financial Aid application deadline is March 23, 2020 for the
2020-21 academic school year.
Who is Eligible for an Apogee Scholarship?
The State has defined eligible children as those who are able to enroll in a GA qualified (public) school Pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade program. Students who are currently enrolled at GA public school also qualify. From 2nd grade and beyond, Apogee policy requires that a student must have attended at least 45 days of public school in order to be considered eligible. Once a student receives an Apogee scholarship, they remain eligible for the balance of their education through 12th grade.
Eligibility requirements criteria are (any one of the following:)
Eligible to enroll in a public Pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade or ...
Coming from a public school to a private school for the first time or ...
Coming from a home-school (1 year min) or charter school environment for the first time or ...
Previously received an SSO Scholarship or ...
Attended a minimum of 45 days of public school prior to enrolling at a qualified private school
Has evidence of a documented case of bullying in the public school system
Districted for a failing public school as defined by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement
What is the PFS?
The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. You'll need your most recent tax return materials before beginning the PFS. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process. They can be found at
How to complete the Parents' Financial Statement Online:
Visit http://sssbynais.force.com/familyportal to create your PFS Online Account using your email address and a password.
Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2020-2021. You can log out of the PFS online system at any time and return later to complete it.
After you have clicked submit, you'll be brought to a payment screen. School and Student Services charges a non-refundable $49 processing fee for this service. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
Key Information you need to know about our school as you prepare to complete the PFS:
School's Full Name: International Montessori Academy
School SSS code: 200004
School Contact: Frank Ngure, Head of School, 404.474.6375
Deadline for 2020-21: Monday, March 23, 2020
We will communicate a financial aid decision after recommendations have been received from SSS. International Montessori Academy assesses information from the PFS as a starting point, and also considers school policies, practices, and budgets in the decision making process. Our goal is to give as much as we can to as many eligible families as possible.