Affording CFMS

Affordability is fundamental to CFMS. We intentionally keep tuition as low as possible and offer need-based financial aid to enable moderate and low-income families to access the lifelong benefits of a Montessori education. At least 30 percent of our students receive some form of tuition assistance each year.

Families with a wide range of income levels apply for aid. We welcome applications for tuition assistance and offer a variety of payment plans. CFMS also participates in several external programs that provide tuition assistance. (See below for details.)

If you are interested in CFMS for your child and have concerns about affordability, please contact our Director of Education, Kristi Medley, by phone or email.; (202) 722-1520.


  • In order to be considered for financial aid for the upcoming school year, financial aid applications must be received no later than February 28th.

  • Supporting Tax Documents are due by March 15th.

  • Families will be notified of financial aid award decisions by April 30th.

Application Process

  • Please review the Financial Aid Information sheet, available here.

  • Complete an application online at SSS here

We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to Christian Family Montessori School. And although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, we devote significant funds each year to a financial aid budget that helps assist families. To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, we use School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS) as a trusted third party. The SSS analysis of a family's "Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)" is a critical component of our financial aid decision. However, it is just a start. To make our final financial aid award decisions, we use the SSS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, other information we may have collected, our school's policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Due to circumstances like these, and others, our school may not meet the level of demonstrated need shown on the SSS Family Report you might receive.

If you have any questions about the application or the process, please call the CFMS office.

Additional Resources

CFMS participates in several external programs that offer tuition assistance. The assistance provided may cover all tuition and fees for accepted students. We are happy to help families navigate these programs. For more information or assistance, please contact our main office at; (202) 722-1520

Opportunity Scholarship Program The OSP provides tuition assistance to D.C. residents whose families meet the program's financial criteria.

Latino Student Fund Latinx students enrolled at CFMS and eligible for financial aid may apply for competitive scholarships from LSF.