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Ampersand School is committed to providing an education to any student that meets our admission criteria. Any family interested in Ampersand School should apply, regardless of their ability to pay for their students’ education. We will not turn a family away for an inability to pay.
Below are several options for families considering attending Ampersand School, including financial aid, state scholarship and voucher programs, and Expertise Exchange. If none of these options are right for your family, please set a time to speak with us in person so that we can come up with a plan that is right for you.
To ensure objectivity, Ampersand uses Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS) to evaluate applications. Using their assessment and the other materials submitted, the Financial Aid Committee determines how much assistance can be offered to a family based on the School’s overall budget.
Awards are made to students in good standing based upon the family’s financial need.
Families are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible, as awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Applications open for current families before they are available to new students.
New students’ families should complete admissions and financial aid applications concurrently; financial aid applications are considered only after a new student has been accepted.
All families receiving aid must re-apply each year.
In separated or divorced families, both parents or guardians must submit applications.
1) Please download the application worksheet so that you may gather all necessary information prior to applying online.
2) Returning and new families must submit the online financial aid application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS).
You only need to complete one application, even if you have several children applying to an individual school.
You will set a user name and password so that you may save information and return to it at a later date before submitting it. From there select Florida, Longwood, then Ampersand School.
You can associate your application to other schools at the end of the online application.
3) Mail, fax, or upload supporting documents to TADS
Mail: 1201 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite 100 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
If you have questions about the TADS submission process, you may call TADS directly at 800-477-8237 for more information.
The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice.
Any parent of a public school student with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 accommodation plan may receive a McKay Scholarship if the student meets the requirements.
Ampersand accepts the McKay Scholarship.
Step Up For Students was created to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children in Florida who live in or near poverty. The program provides Tax Credit Scholarships to students in K-12 who come from low-income families. These scholarships allow the students to consider a participating private school or an out-of-district public school that may better suit their individual needs, an option which already is available to families of greater financial means.
This choice is not based on whether the public school is judged as succeeding or failing. Rather, it recognizes that different children learn in different ways and that our collective struggle is to help the students who often are at the greatest disadvantage in modern education.
Ampersand can work with parents to utilize their unique skill sets or specialty degree training to barter for tuition fees.
Due to the unique nature of our school, many specialties and skill sets can be useful, including but not limited to website design, graphic design, video or music editing, grant writing, fundraising, event planning, musicians, nutritionist or carpentry.
In return for their work, parents can receive tuition assistance for their student(s).
This program is ideal for parents that are currently unemployed, underemployed or looking for ways to contribute to the community in substantive ways.
In order to apply, please complete the application below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis alongside their student’s application for admission.