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. Applications for assistance are currently closed for the 2015-2016 school year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 year on November 16, 2015.
Financial Aid Process
Please read this information carefully if you are interested in applying for reduced tuition for school year 2016-2017.
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 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.
It is important to our accreditation processes 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 qualify prior to receiving a full tuition contract. It is important to return the Financial Aid Request Form to the business office 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 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.
For returning AWS students, the deadline for submitting 2016-2017 financial aid applications to SSS is January 15, 2016. For new applicants to AWS, the deadline for submitting 2016-2017 financial aid applications to SSS is March 1, 2016. You may apply online at the School and Student Services (SSS) website http://sssbynais.org/parents/apply/. The cost to apply is $47 per family. The Austin Waldorf School code is 2174. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) application is available here and on the SSS page. 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. 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.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the financial aid process are available here, or you may phone the school’s business office at 512-288-5942 extension 102, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.