The East Bay Waldorf School is committed to providing access to the school’s exceptional education to families of all economic situations. We encourage you to apply for tuition adjustment if you are committed to a Waldorf education for your children, are willing to prioritize your own spending to achieve that goal, and have a true need.
We endeavor to balance the needs of individual families with the overall financial health of the school. Tuition adjustment affects the school’s operating budget; the school does not own an endowment fund or receive government grants. The operating budget is used to pay teachers a living wage (not yet achieved), maintain the safety and beauty of our campus and support student centered programs. Tuition adjustment is not meant to support a family’s lifestyle of over spending or protection and accumulation of personal wealth.
Reduction in tuition is based on an independent assessment of a family's financial need. The assessment results are combined with the family’s Tuition Adjustment Questionnaire and carefully considered by the school’s Tuition Adjustment Committee, which makes the final decision.
TUITION ADJUSTMENT APPLICATION DEADLINE for FALL 2015 is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.
Here are the steps to applying for Tuition Adjustment for 2015-16:
1. Read the Tuition Adjustment information and complete the 2015-16 Tuition Adjustment Questionnaire here.
2. Set up your SMARTuition account by following the instructions here.
Tuition adjustment is not available for children attending school less than 5 days per week.
Tuition adjustment does not apply to enrollment fees. Fees are due at the time of enrollment.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Each family must reapply for tuition adjustment each year.
Families will be expected to increase their contribution to tuition by at least 5% each year.
Outside Financial Aid Opportunities
East Bay Waldorf School students have applied for and received tuition assistance from other scholarship programs. A link to one of these programs is provided below. We recommend that applicants contact these programs directly as soon as possible as each one has unique criteria, processes and deadlines.
The Basic Fund
The BASIC Fund is a good source for additional tuition assistance; several of our students received assistance from them for the school year. If you have a new student attending our school for the first time (this includes siblings of already registered students), you are eligible to apply for assistance from the BASIC Fund. Please check their website for more information and to download the application form. Please note: even if you receive the full amount from the BASIC Fund, it will not cover reduced tuition for the school year.