Many preschools offer financial aid to families.

How to Ask a Preschool for Financial Aid

by Amy Sutton

Preschools teach our little rascals many things that can help while traveling on the road of life. Unfortunately, not all folks can afford to send their children to preschool. You probably don't have extra cash or any Crown Jewels just lying around. Who does? This is where financial aid can come in handy. It can help your family provide your little munchkin with a good jump start on his education.

Make a list of your top preschool choices for you little guy. Gather as much information as you can about each preschool in the area so you can make an informed decision about where you would like your child to attend. Let's face it, the most important thing is that your child learns important early skills in a safe, nurturing environment. Of course, no one will be able to protect him like you can, you're the mom, but there are preschools that provide an education in a loving, caring atmosphere.

Call or visit each of the preschools that top your list. Ask each of them about financial aid that may be available to students. Explain your financial situation to the financial advisor at the school. Remember, you're not the first to ask about this and you certainly won't be the last, so don't be afraid to ask. Be honest and provide any information for which the school asks. Many schools offer financial aid to those who meet certain eligibility requirements based on income and sometimes family size.

Inquire about scholarships at the preschool if no other financial aid is offered. Financial aid generally covers part of your child's tuition, while a scholarship may provide partial or even full tuition, depending on what is available at that school. Like financial aid, scholarships are often based on income. Scholarships may be made possible by the school itself or outside donors who just want to help others.

Ask about payment plans if no financial aid or scholarships are available. Many schools offer this option to make the cost easier on families. Usually the tuition is broken up into monthly payments.

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