TUITION & FINANCIAL AID

Deadlines

Students are urged to apply as soon as possible but the only deadlines are tuition due dates.

For students who seek reimbursement through financial aid for fees already paid, the FAFSA application must be at the school (MECR) by the student’s last day of enrollment in the academic year in which the course is completed.

Tuition and Fees

Overview Course Start Date: June 1, 2020

Payment Plan
Overview Course : $ 750 – Due May 22

Infant & Toddler Course Start Date: June 8, 2020

Application Fee: $ 250 ($150 for applications received before May 1st)
Registration Fee: $ 500 – Due 15 days after acceptance. Applied to the full tuition.
Infant & Toddler Tution: $8,000
Academic phase: $4,500
*Self-Directed Practicum Fee $ 800 – Includes at least two additional Field Consultant visits
AMS & MACTE fees included in tuition.

Overview Course: $ 750 – Due May 22
*Required for Infant and Toddler students who do not hold an Early Childhood credential from an AMS, AMI, or other MACTE accredited institution. The Overview Course starts June 1, 2020.

Plan A: Standard Payment Plan
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 4,000 due June 1, 2020 = $4,500 total for academic phase only
$ 3,500 student teaching practicum fee due August 1, 2020
$ 8,000 Total

Plan B: Deferred payment plan (includes $100 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,000 due June 1, 2020
$ 2,300 due August 1, 2020
$ 2,300 due January 15, 2020
$8,100 Total

Plan C: Monthly payment plan (includes $200 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,100 due June 1, 2020
$ 4,600 $460 due by the first of each month, July 2020 through April 2021 (10 payments)
$8,200 Total

Plan D: For students receiving Title IV Federal Student Aid
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,750 due July 2020 on initial Federal disbursement
$ 3,750 due December 2020 on second Federal disbursement
$8,000 Total

Expenses

Student Teaching Practicum Expenses:
MECR pays the consultant honorarium and local travel expenses for three visits by a qualified Field Consultant to the student’s teaching practicum site. Students at schools more than 100 miles from Boulder may expect additional expenses for consultant travel and accommodations, unless a local consultant is available. MECR will pay the first $200 of these expenses for each of the first 3 visits (total $600 for 3 visits). The student (or sponsoring school) is responsible for consultant travel and accommodation expenses above this amount.
*Self-Directed students pay an additional fee of $800, which includes the cost of at least two additional Field Consultant consultations.

Books:
Students should budget a minimum of $300 to purchase required texts. A book list is provided in the Course Handbook, which is provided at the interview.
Albums and Materials-Making: Plan for expenses of at least $500 for making materials and albums in the summer and throughout the year. Course handouts are included in the tuition fee. Students will need the following resources to complete albums:
– 7 ringbinders with clearview covers: Five 3”, One 2”; One 1.5”.
– Sheet protectors (up to 1,000) and extra-wide tabbed dividers (approx. 100)

Supplies:
Students will need a computer and printer for homework, as well as a pencil-sharpener and stapler.
Bring writing supplies, colored pencils, a notebook, and a camera to class.

Early Childhood Course Start Date: June 8, 2020

Application Fee: $ 250 ($150 early-bird fee if received before May 1st)
Registration Deposit: $ 500 – Due 15 days after acceptance. Applied to the full tuition.
Early Childhood Tuition: $ 8,800 – Academic Phase only: $5,300
*Self-Directed Practicum Fee $ 800 – Includes at least two additional Field Consultant consultations
AMS & MACTE Fees: Included in tuition

Plan A: Standard Payment Plan
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 4,800 due June 1, 2020 = $5,100 total for academic phase only
$ 3,500 student teaching practicum fee due August 1, 2020
$ 8,800 Total

Plan B: Deferred payment plan (includes $100 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,600 due June 1, 2020
$ 2,400 due August 1, 2020
$ 2,400 due January 15, 2021
$ 8,900 Total

Plan C: Monthly payment plan (includes $200 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,600 due June 1, 2020
$ 4,900 10 payments of $490, due by the 1st of each month July 2020 through April 2021
$9,000 Total

Plan D: For students receiving Title IV Federal Student Aid
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 4,150 due July 2020 on initial Federal fund disbursement
$ 4,150 due December 2020 on second Federal fund disbursement
$ 8,800 Total

Expenses

Student Teaching Practicum Expenses:
MECR pays the consultant honorarium and local travel expenses for three visits by a qualified Field Consultant to the student’s practicum site. Students at schools more than 100 miles from Boulder may expect additional expenses for consultant travel and accommodations, unless a local Field Consultant is available. MECR will pay the first $200 of these expenses for each of the first 3 visits (total $600 for 3 visits). The student (or sponsoring school) is responsible for Field Consultant travel and accommodation expenses above this amount.
*Self-Directed students pay an additional fee of $800, which includes the cost of at least two additional Field Consultant consultations.

Books:
Students should budget a minimum of $300 to purchase required texts. A book list is provided in the Course Handbook, which is provided at the interview.

Albums and Materials-Making:
Plan for expenses of at least $600 for making materials and albums in the summer and throughout the year. Course handouts are included in the tuition fee.

Supplies:
Students will need a computer and printer for homework, as well as a pencil-sharpener and stapler.
Bring writing supplies, colored pencils, a notebook, and a camera to class.

Elementary I Course Start Date: June 8, 2020

Application Fee: $ 250 ($150 for applications received before May 1st)
Registration Fee: $ 500 – Due 15 days after acceptance. Applied to the full tuition.
Elementary I Phase: $ 9,200 – Academic Phase only: $5,500
Elementary II Extension: $ 6,400
*Self-Directed Practicum Fee $ 800 – Includes at least two additional Field Consultant visits
Overview Course: $ 750 – Due May 22
*Required for Elementary I students who do not hold an Early Childhood credential from an AMS, AMI, or other MACTE accredited institution. The Overview Course starts June 1, 2020.

Plan A: Standard Payment Plan
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 5,000 due June 1, 2020 = $5,500 total for academic phase
$ 3,700 student teaching practicum fee, due August 1, 2020
$ 9,200 Total

Plan B: Deferred Payment Plan (includes $100 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,600 due June 1, 2020
$ 2,600 due August 1, 2020
$ 2,600 due January 15, 2021
$9,300 Total

Plan C: Monthly Payment Plan (includes $200 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,800 due June 1, 2020
$ 5,100 $510 due by first of each month, July 2020 through April 2021 (10 payments)
$ 9,400 Total

Plan D: For students receiving Title IV Federal Student Aid
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 4,350 due July 2020 on initial Federal fund disbursement
$ 4,350 due December 2020 on second Federal fund disbursement
$ 9,200 Total

Elementary II Course (Start Date: June 18, 2020)
Plan A: Tuition paid in full by June 15, 2020
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 5,900 due June 15, 2020
$ 6,400 Total

Plan B: Deferred Payment Plan (includes $100 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,000 due June 15, 2020
$ 3,000 due August 1, 2020
$ 6,500 Total
**Note: Title IV Federal Student Aid is not available for this continuation course

Expenses

Student Teaching Practicum Expenses:
MECR pays the consultant honorarium and local travel expenses for three visits by a qualified Field Consultant to the student’s teaching practicum site. Students at schools more than 100 miles from Boulder may expect additional expenses for consultant travel and accommodations, unless a local consultant is available. MECR will pay the first $200 of these expenses for each visit (total $600 for 3 visits). The student (or sponsoring school) is responsible for consultant travel and accommodation expenses above this amount. *Self-directed practicum students receive two additional Field Consultant consultations and there is an added fee of $800.
Books:
Students should budget a minimum of $300 to purchase required texts. A book list is provided in the Course Handbook, which is provided at the interview.
Albums and Materials-Making:
Plan for expenses of at least $1,000 for making materials and albums in the summer and through the year. Students will need access to a computer and printer for homework, and should bring writing supplies to class, as well as colored pencils, geometry compass, ruler, pencil-sharpener, and a camera.

Administrator Course Start Date: January 1, 2020

Application Fee: $ 250 ($150 early-bird fee if received before Dec. 1st.)
Registration Deposit: $ 500 – Due 15 days after acceptance. Applied to the full tuition.
Administrator Tuition: $ 8,800
AMS Fees: Included in tuition

Plan A: Standard Payment Plan
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 4,700 due Dec. 1, 2019 = 5,200 total for academic phase only
$ 3,600 administrator practicum fee due August 1, 2020
$ 8,800 Total

Plan B: Deferred payment plan (includes $150 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,700 due Dec. 1, 2019
$ 2,375 due August 1, 2020
$ 2,375 due January 15, 2021
$ 8,950 Total

Plan C: Monthly payment plan (includes $200 additional charge)
$ 500 registration fee, due 15 days after acceptance
$ 3,500 due Dec. 1, 2019
$ 5,000 10 payments of $500, due by the 1st each month Feb. 2020 through Nov. 2020
$ 9,000 Total

Expenses

Practicum:
MECR pays the consultant honorarium and local travel expenses for three visits by a qualified Field Consultant to the administrator practicum site. Students at schools more than 100 miles from Boulder may expect additional expenses for consultant travel and accommodations unless a qualified local Field Consultant is available. MECR will pay the first $200 of these expenses for each of the first 3 visits. (Total $600). The student (or sponsoring school) is responsible for Field Consultant travel and accommodation expenses above this amount.

Books and Supplies:
Students should budget a minimum of $500 to purchase required texts, additional reading materials, and supplies. Book lists are provided in the Course Handbook, which is provided at the interview.

Technology & Supplies:
You will need a computer and Internet access. We recommend Firefox or Chrome as Internet browsers. We recommend using the most current version of the browser you choose. Since your papers will be submitted electronically (via email) you will need Microsoft Word. Your instructors use MSW track changes to make notations on papers for ease of commenting.

Further Financial Information

Housing and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Contact information for apartments and rooms for rent is available for accepted students on this site under RESOURCES.

We recommend students visit accommodations or obtain references before signing a contract.

Students whose accounts become delinquent by 30 days will not be permitted to participate further in the course (including seminars, field consultant visits, practicum, assessments). Accounts must be fully paid in order for students to be recommended for certification.

MECR reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment up to 6 weeks before classes begin. In case of cancellation, or in the unlikely event that MECR discontinues a course in progress, students enrolled in the course will receive a full refund of tuition. Refunds will be made within 30 days of the official date of cancellation or termination of a course, which is the date when the decision is made by the MECR Board. In the unlikely event that MECR ceases operation, there are no refunds.

Postponement of a starting date, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by the student and MECR. The agreement must set forth whether the postponement is for the convenience of MECR or the student, and a deadline for the new start date, beyond which the start date will not be postponed. If the course is not commenced, or the student fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student will be entitled to an appropriate refund of prepaid tuition and fees within 30 days of the deadline of the new start date set forth in the agreement, determined in accordance with MECR refund policy and all applicable laws and rules concerning the Colorado Private Occupational Education Act of 1981.

All payments are refunded if an applicant is not accepted, with the exception of the Application Fee.
Any student wishing to withdraw at any point during the course must submit his or her reasons in writing to the Director. Refunds will be determined by the date that notice is received.
A student has the right to cancel an Enrollment and Tuition Agreement for 3 days after submitting it.
If a student withdraws
Before the first week of classes:
All fees will be refunded except for a $150 processing fee.

After classes begin, academic phase tuition will be refunded with deductions as follows:
10% within Week One
25% within Weeks Two and Three
50% within Week Four
75% within Weeks Five and Six

There will be no refunds after the sixth week

Student teaching practicum phase refunds will be made with deductions as follows:
10% before September 15
25% between September 15 and November 1
50% between November 1 and January 15
75% between January 15 and March 15
After March 15 no refunds will be made.
Refunds will be provided within 30 days of receipt of written notice of withdrawal. This refund schedule is based on instructional hours.

Funds are deposited in the MECR federal account and credited to the student’s tuition account in two equal payments in mid-July and late-December. MECR reserves the right to apply funds to tuition and fees first. Remaining funds are disbursed by MECR in two equal semi-annual payments. The student must maintain satisfactory progress in order to receive continued funding. The maximum time for completion is 1.5 times the published course length. For Direct loans, a small percentage is taken out of the loan amount by the bank. On-line Entrance Counseling is required before disbursement and can be completed at studentloans.gov

This funding is paid directly to MECR and credited to the student’s tuition account. If the student withdraws before completing their course, the unused portion of the tuition must be returned to the AMS Scholarship Fund.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

For more information, contact
Susan Roth
MECR Financial Director

Most students receive stipends from their school during the student teaching practicum phase.

Federal Aid Programs

Students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as candidates for certification in a MECR Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood or Elementary I Course, and are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, and have financial need, may qualify for one of the following programs. (Please note: The Elementary II continuation course component does not meet eligibility requirements for Title IV Aid):

Available only to undergraduates. Do not have to be repaid.

Available to both college graduates and undergraduates.
Loans must be repaid starting 6 months after completion of the course. Unsubsidized loans accrue interest beginning immediately after receiving the loan. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest until repayment begins. Subsidized loans do not require financial need.

Available to eligible parents of students. Must be repaid with interest, starting within 60 days after the final loan disbursement. Yearly limit is equal to the cost of attendance minus any financial aid received.

Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Complete a FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov
For 2020-2021 Applicants, please use the 2020-2021 Fafsa.
The MECR Federal School Code is 033063 and can be found under our legal name: Rocky Mountain Montessori Teacher Training Program, DBA MECR

studentloans.gov is a U.S. Department of Education website. Here you will be able to fill out a Master Promissory Note, Entrance and Exit Counseling and find a wealth of information about Student Financial Aid.

Telephone assistance is available at 1-800-433-3243 or through the MECR office at 303-494-3002

Application Deadline:
Students are urged to apply as soon as possible. 

For students who seek reimbursement through financial aid for fees already paid, the application must be at the school by the student’s last day of enrollment in the academic year in which the course is completed.

American Montessori Society
Teacher Education Scholarship Fund

A limited number of grants are awarded annually to selected applicants who have been accepted for enrollment in an AMS affiliated teacher education course. The application requires a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, a financial statement with a copy of the most recent income tax return, and verification of acceptance by the Director of the teacher education program. The deadline is May 1st of the calendar year of initial enrollment.

To be considered for the AMS Scholarship, documentation must be provided by MECR verifying that an applicant has been accepted to an approved training program. To allow MECR time for processing this documentation, we encourage applicants to MECR who are also applying for the AMS Scholarship to apply to MECR by March 31. Those applying to MECR after March 31 may need to accelerate the application process, especially transcripts and references. NOTE: MECR practices rolling admission to our program. We encourage early application to avoid being wait-listed, but continue to accept applications until a course is full (usually May).

Application forms: Available on the AMS website. For information and an application CLICK HERE

FUNDING NOTE

This funding is paid directly to MECR and credited to the student’s tuition account. If the student withdraws before completing their course, the unused portion of the tuition must be returned to the AMS Scholarship Fund.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Federal Funds

Funds are deposited in the MECR federal account and credited to the student’s tuition account in two equal payments in mid-July and late-December. MECR reserves the right to apply funds to tuition and fees first. Remaining funds are disbursed by MECR in two equal semi-annual payments. The student must maintain satisfactory progress in order to receive continued funding. The maximum time for completion is 1.5 times the published course length. For Direct loans, a small percentage is taken out of the loan amount by the bank. On-line Entrance Counselling is required before disbursement and can be completed at studentloans.gov