The national average for tuition at public four-year institutions jumped by $5,653—to $9,139 in 2014-15 from $3,486 in 1990-91. At public two-year institutions, the national average tuition increased by $1,692—to $3,347 from $1,655 during the same period.


The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education discovered that for every $1,000 in tuition increase, enrollment among low income students drops 5 percent. "

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Donor Frequently Asked Questions

How much of my donation goes to help students and their families?

100% of your donation received by Montclair Scholarship Fund (MSF) supports college-bound Montclair High School students. Meet Montclair High School students who were awarded MSF scholarships on our myMSFstory page.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Montclair Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

How can I make a donation to MSF?

Donations can be made online or by check payable to the Montclair Scholarship Fund and mailed to 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Can I make a gift through my will or estate plan?

Yes. You make a gift through your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance. Learn more about naming Montclair Scholarship Fund in your will or estate plate, or designating MSF as a beneficiary.

Can I offer a scholarship in my name or in tribute of someone I admire?

Yes. Creating a named scholarship is easy. We recommend a donation of $2,500 for a one-year grant and $5,000 – $10,000 for a scholarship paid out over the course of four years. For many scholarships, memorial gifts from many sources can be combined to fund a singled named scholarship. The scholarship may be in your name or that of a family member, friend, favorite teacher or other individual. Tribute awards can be a one-time scholarship or awarded annually as funding allows. You and your family can be listed as the donor or choose to remain anonymous. Tribute awards to receiving students at the Montclair High School Annual Awards Program (typically the first week of June) can be presented by a designee of your choice or a Montclair Scholarship Fund Trustee. Scholarships may be for one year or repeated for several years. If you are interested in establishing a named, tribute or memorial scholarship, contact us.

I would like to support a student pursuing a specific type of career – is this possible?

Yes. MSF currently awards scholarships to students interested in careers in teaching, health sciences, theater, music, and other fields. If you are interested in learning about establishing a career scholarship, contact us

I cannot make a donation at this time, but how can I support MSF?

We have lots that you can DO! Are you a writer, a graphic designer, photographer, journalist, artist, fundraiser, event planner, social media expert, PR professional, organizational guru, etc.? If so, MSF and our future awardees would benefit immensely from your hands-on help and expertise. In-kind donations that assist us in our fundraising for scholarships and minimize the college debt burden of MHS students are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering or making an in-kind donation, contact us