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 is driven by 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.
If your family qualifies based on financial need, the Chicago Waldorf School awards up to 65% of the published tuition. Families are required to pay all fees as tuition adjustment award only covers tuition.
First time applicants need to type in our School ID: 11718
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 "Smart Aid website" link 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 2021-2022 Academic Year:
Current Families: TA Applications Due January 22, 2021
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 22, 2022. Applications received from currently enrolled families after that deadline will not be accepted. Only new family applications will be accepted after this deadline.
CWS 2020-21 COVID Tuition Adjustment
The Chicago Waldorf School is offering a One School Year Tuition Adjustment program in response to the COVID economy. CWS COVID Tuition Adjustment funding distribution will be on a first come, first served basis. The purpose is to provide temporary support. To be eligible you must provide proof that the COVID shut down directly reduced your income, and that your income will return to pre-COVID levels by June 30, 2021. You can receive CWS standard Tuition Adjustment and/or CWS COVID Tuition Adjustment.
To be eligible for CWS COVID Tuition Adjustment, you must:
1. Be accepted for the 2020-21 school year.
2. Submit all TA application forms completely and accurately
a. Complete the Standard, non-COVID, Tuition Adjustment application located below. You will need the school Code: 11718
c. Complete the COVID Tuition Adjustment Letter of Special Circumstances
The Tuition Adjustment funds will be distributed on a first come first served basis to those families with completed and accurate applications and demonstrated financial need as determined by Smart Aid.
For New 9th Grade Applicants to Chicago Waldorf School
For the 2021-22 school year, the Chicago Waldorf School is offering Class of 2025 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
Contact Laura Grenholm if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.