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 each parent 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
- 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.
To apply for Sustainable Tuition Program, please click on the link for TADs and follow these steps:
- Applicant sign in
- Create an account (you will need to choose a user name and password)
- Agree to pay processing fee of $34
- Complete the application forms (there are step-by-step instructions to follow). You can leave and return to the web site as you complete all the information.
- Mail or fax the required financial forms to the address shown on the application web site.
- If there are recent changes in your personal situation or there are factors that you would like to be considered that are not captured I the standard application, we encourage you to submit a letter directly to the school business office describing the additional circumstances you wish to be considered. Please deliver this letter directly to the school and not to TADs.
- Your application will be delivered to the school promptly after you submit all of the completed forms. Final awards will be determined by the Tuition Assistance Committee (TAC), a small group appointed the Board of Trustees. In determining awards, the TAC will rely upon several factors including the expected family contribution as calculated by TADs, the family’s submitted tax returns and financial information, and any special considerations communicated by the family. Final assistance decisions are based on the TAC’s assessment of the family’s needs, the number of applications and the budgeted funds available.
Because the demand for assistance is high, families are advised that they may need to seek additional resources to supplement the grants they may receive from the school’s Tuition Assistance Program. In many cases, the school can meet only a portion of a family’s calculated needs.