Tuition Assistance Policies
All tuition assistance awards are need based, calculated 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 TADS (Tuition Assistance Data Services, an outside service providing financial assessment information to our School), the family’s submitted tax returns, and any special financial considerations communicated by the family. Final assistance decisions are based on the Committee’s assessment of the family’s need and the budgeted funds available. Please be aware, there is always a greater demand for assistance than there are available resources.
The range of need-based assistance is generally between 5% – 50% of tuition for grades four and above, and 5% – 25% for the early childhood programs and first through third grades. 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.
The TAC recognizes the financial challenges faced by families with multiple children attending the School. As a result, tuition assistance awards for families with more than one child in the early childhood through third grade may exceed the 25% guideline.
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. While families requesting assistance must submit a completed student contract, this contract is not binding until a decision has been reached regarding their tuition assistance application.
Appeals of tuition assistance awards should be made in writing within fifteen days of the initial award letter and addressed to the Waldorf School, Attention: Tuition Assistance Committee. The appeal letter must include additional information and/or describe special circumstances occurring since the submission of the original application. An interview may be arranged by a member of the Assistance Committee to fully understand the family’s financial situation, including personal and lifestyle choices.
Applying for Tuition Assistance
The deadline for submitting tuition assistance applications and supporting documentation is April 1st. Given the increasing demand for need-based support, it is imperative that all families meet this deadline to avoid significant penalties.
A 20% penalty will be assessed against any award where either the TADS application or the supporting documentation is received after April 1st, with an additional 20% for every late month thereafter.
The following supporting documentation must be submitted to TADS (via fax, scan or mail–please do not send documents directly to the school) for your application to be considered complete:
- For current families, we request 2016 tax forms and for newly applying families, 2015 and 2016 tax forms.
- W-2’s from each job held by household members
- Most recent pay stub from each job held by household members
- All corporate, partnership, and trust forms if a household member owns 20% or more interest in a corporation, partnership or trust
Requests for tuition assistance are reviewed only after the enrollment contract and appropriate deposit have been received. Should the amount of assistance awarded be insufficient to meet a family’s anticipated need, the student contract may be withdrawn and the deposit refunded for up to 30 days after notification regarding the tuition assistance award.
Important note regarding divorced, separated, or never married parents: It is the School’s position that both parents retain the obligation to contribute to the education of their child(ren), whether or not there is a legal agreement between them to do so. Therefore, the School considers the financial situation of both parents and requires that each complete and submit a TADS Application, along with the appropriate tax forms and schedules.