Made Possible by the Austin Waldorf Community
Tuition assistance is made possible by the Austin Waldorf School community. Assistance is awarded to a family based on relative financial need among the financial aid applicants and the available financial aid budget in accordance with the school’s Financial Aid Policy.
Financial Aid Process
Please read this information carefully if you are interested in applying for reduced tuition for school year 2019-2020.
The Austin Waldorf School is determined to make an AWS education accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds. Among our families are those who can afford tuition at the highest level and whose philanthropic generosity provides a vital component of annual operating expenses. There are also those families who manage to pay full tuition only by making a substantial sacrifice, those who are able to afford only minimal tuition and a full spectrum in between.
Additionally, circumstances such as loss of employment, new business starts or unusual medical expenses may impact a family’s financial means dramatically from one year to the next. At Austin Waldorf, we understand that change is a part of life and that continuity of your child’s educational environment is critically important during times when other factors may put unusual stress on parents and guardians.
As an ISAS and AWSNA accredited school, it is important that AWS follow the “best practice” guidelines determined by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) program. Please keep in mind that timing and careful compliance with our process is important in receiving financial aid. Qualification for financial aid does not ensure that funding will be available for your student. Financial aid is funded almost completely out of the school’s operating funds, so our budget is limited. Additionally, because assistance is limited to 60% of tuition and does not cover fees, parents must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay the portion of tuition/fees not covered by the assistance offered to them
You must submit your completed application prior to the published deadline or your enrollment contract will automatically be issued at the full-tuition rate. You are required to re-qualify annually, even if you already receive a reduction in your tuition in the current school year and/or past years. Also, you are required to substantiate the information submitted on your Parents’ Financial Statement by providing the school with a copy of your tax return by the school-determined deadline. You may provide the tax return directly to the school business office. You do not need to upload it to the SSS website. IRS granted return deadline extensions are not acceptable qualification for late tax submission to the school.
Applicants should apply online at the School and Student Services (SSS) website http://sssbynais.org/parents/apply. For returning AWS families, the deadline to apply is Monday, January 14, 2019. For families of students applying for admission to the school for the first time, the deadline to apply for financial aid is March 1, 2019. The Austin Waldorf School code is 2174. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) application is available here and on the SSS page. The cost to apply for assistance is $51 per Parent Financial Statement submitted. You only need to submit one PFS for all students for which you are requesting tuition assistance – except in the case of divorced parents who should submit one PFS per household. Please make sure that, in addition to submitting your application directly to SSS, you return the AWS Financial Aid Request Form directly to the school. In divorce cases, it is your responsibility to notify the other parent of your intention to apply for assistance and request that they submit their own Parents’ Financial Statement. The school will only consider an application complete with information from both divorced parents. If you are a business owner, you must complete the Business/Farm section of the Parents’ Financial Statement. All financial information submitted as a part of the process is held in strict confidence by the school.
All three requirements must be completed before a financial aid award is considered final:
- Completion and submission of the SSS online financial aid application no later than January 14th for existing families and March 1st for new families
- Completion and submission of the Financial Aid Request Form to the business office
- Submission of 2018 income tax returns by the deadline of April 15, 2019