Affording Altamont

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Altamont School offers generous financial aid and merit scholarship programs. Of the current student body, approximately 22% received some form of financial aid, approximately 17% received some form of merit award, and approximately 15% received some form of fellowship or legacy award for the 2017-18 school year.

Merit and Endowed Scholarships are intended to attract students with exceptional academic ability and leadership achievement. Altamont's endowed scholarship fund is made possible through the generosity of individuals and companies. These donors believe that lives can be changed with an Altamont education and have ensured that generations of deserving students will reap the benefits.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • By mid-January: Submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) forms at The school code is 1220. Completed SSS forms must reach Altamont by February 1 for consideration for financial aid.
  • Meet the February 1 deadline: The Altamont School expects both the custodial and non-custodial parents to participate in good faith in support of the child at Altamont. Both parents must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and provide previous year tax returns. Submit a copy of the previous year's Federal Income Tax Form 1040 with all attached schedules and a copy of current year W-2 forms through the SSS portal. It is the responsibility of the parents, not the school, to coordinate these efforts. To be considered for financial aid, ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE SSS PORTAL BY FEBRUARY 1.
  • Students must be admitted to Altamont before financial aid can be awarded. Families should apply for admission and financial aid at the same time.

How to Apply for Merit and Endowed Scholarships

  • Have your child write a 500-word personal essay and include that with your application. The purpose of the essay is to get to know your child and his or her achievements.

Students must be in good standing with the school to be considered for Merit and Endowed Scholarships. Scholarships are renewable as long as the student continues to meet Altamont’s standards for “Honors” academic performance, leadership and personal conduct.

How to Apply for Legacy and Fellowship Awards

Altamont Legacy Awards
Legacy Awards are presented to qualifying students who are also children or grandchildren of alumni and alumnae of Birmingham University School, Brooke Hill or Altamont. These awards are given regardless of financial need. Recipients are also eligible for other awards as well as financial aid.

Altamont Fellowship Awards
Fellowship Awards are presented to qualifying students who possess personal integrity, strong character, leadership potential, and academic excellence. These awards are given regardless of financial need. Recipients are also eligible for other awards as well as financial aid.

How to Apply for a Legacy or Fellowship Award:

Students must be in good standing with the school to be considered for a Fellowship or Legacy Award.

Head of School Merit Awards

One-time scholarships are awarded by the Head of School to promising new students who exhibit exceptional academic ability and leadership potential, regardless of financial need. Decisions on these awards will be made from the regular admissions applications. No separate applications are necessary.

Alabama Accountability Act

In November 2017, Altamont joined the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Renaissance Scholarships, Inc., organized under the Alabama Accountability Act, which gives children zoned for failing schools the opportunity to attend a better school.

Altamont is specifically working with students zoned for failing schools who are accepted into Altamont. Those who fit the household income criteria specified by the Alabama Accountability Act are eligible to receive scholarship funds to help with Altamont tuition at the following levels:
5th grade: $6,000 annually
6th-8th grades: $8,000 annually
9th-12th grades: $10,000 annually

Students from non-failing schools are also eligible to apply for scholarships, but will not find out if they are awarded any funds until after July 31. Students enrolled in private schools in a prior year are also eligible to apply.

Please visit the Renaissance Scholarships website to see if you meet the Alabama Accountability Act criteria. Please note that BEFORE applying for a Renaissance scholarship you must first apply and be admitted to The Altamont School. Please also note that the application for this scholarship is separate from the application for an Altamont-administered scholarship or for Altamont financial aid.

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Questions? Contact:
Amber McKowen
Director of Finance
Phone: 205-445-1202