Financial Aid - Policies and Application
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 school year, in order to best meet the financial needs of our families and increase the flexibility of the tuition structure, CWS budgeted approximately $775,000 for awards, which represents nearly 17% of net tuition revenue.
<< Apply for Financial Aid in the form of tuition adjustment.
First time applicants visit the SMART Tuition website, click on the “New Parent Registration” button in the right column, type in the school ID which is 11718. Once your application is initiatied, you may save it "in-process" and revist it via the log-in window.
Here is an information sheet from SMART Tuition with Parent Instructions and Answers to FAQs.
DEADLINES for Tuition Adjustment (TA) Process:
- TO ENROLL SEPTEMBER 2014-JUNE 2015 Applications & TA--exclusively for new families--
- TO ENROLL SEPTEMBER 2015-JUNE 2016
are on a “if space is available in the class” basis
- TA Applications Due: January 23, 2015
- ADMISSION Applications & TA Applications Due: January 15, 2015*
(*Note: Applications for Enrollment or Tuition Adjustment after this deadline will only be accepted from new/external families, and only if there are spaces still available in that class.)
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 Tuition 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 23, 2015. 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 Tuition will accept 2013 tax returns if your 2014 return is not complete. An explanation of your current financial situation must accompany a 2013 return.
>> Visit the SMART Tuition website to initiate the Tuition Adjustment process
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.
This policy was established to alleviate the financial burdens on multiple child families. This policy applies to
all families enrolled from 2010 and after. The tuition for students enrolled in Grades 1-12 or in the 5-(full) day
Early Childhood classes is reduced by 12.5% for the second sibling and for each additional enrolled sibling.
Any questions about the sibling discount policy can be directed to Erin Guiterrez in the Finance Office.
As its an optional discount, all families can choose to waive sibling discounts in support of the school.