Montclair Cooperative School actively seeks a student body that represents a broad economic range, including families who require significant support and those who with some financial assistance are able to consider a Co-op education. The goal of our financial assistance program is to help close the gap between the total cost of a Co-op education and what a family can afford.

Montclair Cooperative School is an exceptional investment and many families employ several strategies to keep the cost manageable. In planning for the cost of a Co-op education, it is important to realize that a family, to the best of their ability, bears the primary responsibility for financing their child’s education. The Financial Aid Committee seeks evidence that a family’s commitment to their child’s education is at least as strong as that of the school.

Effective immediately, you may begin to apply for financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year through TADS. Remember to keep a copy of all records before submitting them to TADS.

Admissions decisions are made independently of financial award considerations and awards are based solely on financial need. Awards are given for grades 1-8, and amounts are determined using results from a financial analysis conducted by TADS. Recipients receive awards to cover tuition and overnight trip costs. We structure our awards by first serving those students who currently receive awards and meet the deadline to apply, then other enrolled students who have had a change in their financial status, followed by newly accepted students, and, finally, any student who applies after the deadline.

Although the Co-op is not always able to meet the financial award requests of every family, we encourage families to apply if circumstances suggest that financial assistance might be needed to enroll. Information on the process is outlined below. If you have any questions or need guidance on unusual circumstances, please contact Business Manager Donna Ellwood by email at or at 973.783.4955 x416.

pdficon_small Download the financial aid instructions FOR RETURNING FAMILIES here.

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