Financial Aid

Finding the right school is an investment in your child’s future.

Aldea Montessori is a Children’s Village. A village of many cultures, many socio-economic classes, many types of families. It takes commitment on all our parts to maintain this diversity and it is just this diversity that makes Aldea such an integral part of our Phoenix community. While we are a tuition-based school, more than 40% of our Aldea families receive some kind of financial assistance. We’d like to make that number even higher—in fact, we’d like to see every student attend Aldea absolutely free! We have a group of motivated parents that are working toward that dream and every Aldea parent can help us in some way.

Families have three scholarship programs available to them, depending on each family’s individual needs and the age of the children.

  • Seed Money for Growth (SMFG) Foundation

    The SMFG scholarship was created by Dr. Wallace Reed to honor his wife, Maria Reed—one of the first Montessori teachers in Phoenix.  This scholarship pays up to 1/3 the annual tuition.  The SMFG scholarship is granted annually based on an application submitted by May 15 of the previous school year.   In a typical year, 15+ students receive aid from an SMFG scholarship.

  • First Things First/Valley of the Sun United Way (FTF/VSUW)

    The FTF/VSUW scholarship is awarded by the Arizona First Things First program created to provide quality early childhood education to families with demonstrated financial need.  Parents complete a short financial aid application and awards are made based on the number of scholarships that FTF/VSUW has allocated to Aldea Montessori.  The current scholarship is upwards of $500 per month for 6+ children.

  • Arizona State Tax Credit Scholarship

    Kindergarten students are eligible to receive the Arizona State Tax Credit scholarship.  This scholarship can cover up to 100% of annual tuition and is dependent on how well Aldea raises tax credit sponsors from the community.  Learn more about this program here  to take your tax credit and help scholarship a child.