Tuition Assistance Policies
All tuition assistance at the Waldorf School is need-based, and amounts awarded are based solely on demonstrated financial need. Admission decisions are made separately from decisions regarding tuition assistance.
Awards are determined by the Tuition Assistance Committee (TAC), a small group appointed by the Board of Trustees. In determining awards, the Committee relies upon the expected family contribution as calculated by the TADS financial aid tool, the family's submitted tax returns, and any special financial considerations communicated by the family. Final aid decisions are based on the TAC's assessment of the family's needs and the budgeted funds available. There is always a greater demand for aid than there are resources.
Tuition assistance must be applied for annually. While the School cannot guarantee the same level of financial support beyond any single year, the goal is to continue offering an award consistent with a family's demonstrated need whenever possible.
Information related to tuition assistance is kept in strict confidence, and students receiving assistance are not held to different academic or behavioral standards. The School allocates tuition assistance systematically, with priority given first to returning students, followed by new students. Please note that in order to be considered for tuition assistance, the payment of open tuition balances must be current. Families requesting need-based support are not required to make a binding commitment to the School until a decision has been reached regarding their tuition assistance application.
Appeals of tuition assistance awards should be made in writing, addressed to the TAC, and must include additional information and/or describe special circumstances occurring since the submission of the original application. An interview may be arranged by the TAC to fully understand the family's financial situation, including personal and lifestyle choices.
Famlies should use the worksheet and complete the application through TADS.
While the school continues to accept tuition assistance applications, please be aware that tuition assistance applications received after 4/1 qualify for a maximum of a 20 percent of tuition award.