Financial Aid

Tuition Adjustment Information
As a path to access, the Chicago Waldorf School Tuition Adjustment Program plays a major role in contributing to the success and health of the school. The Chicago Waldorf School strives to adhere to its mission and the principle of supporting accessibility for all qualified students who seek a Waldorf education.

Families with students in Early Childhood (5 day Pre-K & Kindergarten program) through 12th Grade are eligible for Tuition Adjustment. For the 2016-17 school year, CWS awarded $775,000 in tuition adjustment representing 17% of net tuition revenue.


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Apply here for Financial aid via the SMART AID website
First time applicants need to type in our School ID: 11718
Here is an information sheet from SMART AID with application instructions and answers to parent FAQs.

First time applicants:  To log-in, visit the SMART AID website, click on the “New Parent Registration” button, type in the school ID which is 11718 and create your log-in ID name and password. Once your application is initiated, you may save it "in-process" and revisit it any time by returning to the log-in window via the "Apply Now" button above. Just remember your parent log-in ID name and password to reenter your online application form. Once the application is complete you must click the final submission button to officially enter your application.

Deadlines for tuition adjustment for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:
CURRENT FAMILIES- TA Applications Due: January 18, 2017
NEW FAMILIES- Apply at the same time you apply for admission

Tuition Adjustment Process
Awards are considered by the Tuition Adjustment Committee (TAC), a group comprised of faculty and staff members. TAC strives to meet each applying family’s financial need to the greatest extent possible, as well as to allocate funds to the greatest number of qualifying families. In return, we ask that families receiving tuition adjustments make Waldorf education a financial priority and demonstrate a willingness to pay to the maximum extent of their financial capability. Putting these principles into practice requires judgment and sensitivity on the part of both the school and each family. It involves making hard choices, as resources are limited. Please rest assured that all information submitted to the TAC will remain confidential and be given full and fair consideration.

The on-line service SMART AID standardizes the tuition adjustment application process and will support a healthy balance of awards. The system has an early and non-rolling deadline. Completed tuition adjustment applications will be due January 18, 2017.  Applications received from currently enrolled families after that deadline will not be accepted. Only new family applications will be accepted after this deadline. Note: SMART Aid will accept 2015 tax returns if your 2016 return is not complete.  An explanation of your current financial situation must accompany a 2015 return.


Class of 2021 Renewable Scholarship Award

For New 9th Grade Applicants to Chicago Waldorf School
For the 2017-18 school year, the Chicago Waldorf School is offering Class of 2021 Renewable Scholarships. These awards will cover each recipients demonstrated financial need as determined by the independent financial review service SMART Tuition. Chicago Waldorf School will commit to the selected scholars for their entire four year attendance in the High School, as long as the student continues to fulfill the requirements of the scholarship and annually demonstrates financial need.

Current CWS 8th Grade Students
Please refer to the Class of 2021 Scholarship Guide in the packet you received and contact Lisa Payton if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.


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To apply for a Class of 2021 High School Scholarship
follow this Scholarship Information Guide and
submit the Scholarship Application by January 18th, 2017

In addition to the school's Tuition Adjustment Program the Chicago Waldorf School encourages families
with financial need to visit the following organizations:  Daniel Murphy, High Jump, LINK, HighSight.