Sustainable Tuition Program

Sustainable Tuition Program

 Suncoast Waldorf School is committed to creating a Waldorf school community whose students and families reflect the economic, cultural and social diversity of our surrounding community.  The school’s Sustainable Tuition Program is designed to provide qualified students with an opportunity for a Waldorf education that might otherwise be unobtainable for them.  Assistance is available for families with demonstrated financial need and is considered separately from the admissions process after a student has been accepted.

While our Sustainable Tuition Program aims to help families with a variety of social and economic backgrounds participate in a Waldorf education, we recognize that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with his or her family.  It is expected that families will prioritize school tuition in their budgets and that lifestyle choices will reflect the value placed on a Waldorf education.  We expect all parents to contribute honestly toward tuition, including seeking employment in order to help defray school costs.  Waldorf education supports the benefit to young children of being able to spend time at home with a parent.  When all of the children in the home are in the grades, the school expects every parent to contribute to the financial support of their student’s education.

Investing in Waldorf Education

Tuition alone never fully covers the cost of each child’s education and therefore the school relies on a strong base of volunteer support for special events, festivals and fundraising, and assistance with many aspects of the operation of the school.  The school expects all parents to make a commitment to participate in the life of the school by contributing time, skills and money to the best of their ability.

Our aim is to find a way for every parent to feel they have made a contribution to the school.  Participating in our fundraising and support programs is not only necessary, but also rewarding and renewing.

Tuition payments are an investment in your child’s academic and personal development.  This investment helps to sustain the academic program and supportive community that makes our school unique, and gives the teachers and staff of the school a deep sense of responsibility to the students and families that make this education possible.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

  • First, visit www.sufs.org to see if you qualify for a scholarship from the Step Up For Student program that is funded by state corporate profits taxes.  If you do qualify, you must apply for this scholarship.  If you do not qualify because your income is too high, you may click on the TADS link for tuition assistance. 
  • If you qualify for the SUFS scholarship and are unable to pay the balance of the required tuition, write a letter to the school explaining your extenuating circumstances so that your request for help can be considered by the Tuition Committee.
  • Grants for Tuition Assistance are made annually and a new application is required each year as family circumstances and available funds may change.
  • Grants are only available for students enrolled in 5 day kindergarten or the grades.
  • The deadline to apply for Tuition Assistance is April 1st.  Families who fail to meet this deadline will only be considered for assistance if funds remain available.  We expect grant decisions to be available by early May.

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com