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 2014-2015 school year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 year on November 3, 2014.
Financial Aid Process
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. Financial aid is funded almost completely out of the school's operating funds, so our budget is limited. Qualification for financial aid does not ensure that funding will be available for your student by the time you enroll. 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.
For returning AWS students, the deadline for submitting 2015-2016 financial aid applications to SSS is January 15, 2015. For new applicants to AWS, the deadline for submitting 2015-2016 financial aid applications to SSS is March 1, 2015. You may apply online at the School and Student Services (SSS) website http://sssbynais.org/parents/apply/. 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.