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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Waldorf School of Baltimore knows that the education of your children is one of your top priorities and, even with the greatest commitment, families may find it challenging to finance a Waldorf education. With this in mind, the school administration is committed to providing assistance to those who may need financial support in order to attend our institution.

  • Financial Aid is needs based
  • Students must be enrolled in Kindergarten-Grade 8 to be eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Students enrolled in Full Day Nursery programs are eligible for Financial Aid if all parents are working outside the home.
  • Awards can range up to 40-50% of the tuition cost
  • WSB is committed to continued support of families through financial aid

How to Apply

Complete Online Application through TADS

TADS is a needs-analysis program. We recommend that you download the TADS worksheet from the link below to help you prepare the application. Then go to the TADS website to create an account and complete the online application. All supporting documents must be uploaded, faxed or mailed to TADS after you have completed the online application. Total income, assets, number of dependents, cost of educating all children in fee-charging institutions, extraordinary expenses, and retirement needs are all taken into consideration. All families, including noncustodial parents, applying for financial aid must submit the online TADS application no later than January 5. Financial Aid applications received after January 5 will be processed on a rolling basis.

Online TADS Financial Aid Application
TADS Financial Aid Worksheet

If you need assistance in completing the TADS application, call 1-800-477-8237 or email support at TADS. If you have questions about the financial aid process, please call the school at 410-367-6808.


Important Dates

  • November 15: First day to submit online financial aid applications for next school year
  • January 5: Deadline for families to submit financial aid applications
  • Mid-February: New families are notified regarding financial aid awards

*Please note, applications received after the deadline will be processed on a rolling basis.  


Other Funds to Assist Families

Coldspring Newtown Community Discount

Students who reside in the Coldspring Communities of Newtown and The Woodlands receive a 10% (for full-time residents) or 5% (for part-time residents) discount off tuition.

Merit Scholarship

The Waldorf School of Baltimore offers the Rudolf Steiner Scholarship (RSS) to incentivize students of merit to enroll in our school. Newly enrolling students entering grades 3-8 who exemplify outstanding merit abilities academically, socially, and creatively are encouraged to apply. Tuition for a RSS recipient is currently $10,350. The RSS remains in effect for the time your child attends WSB and continues to meet the criteria. For more details contact admissions@twsb.org. Financial Aid or other discounts are not available to scholarship recipients.

Third Child Discount

Families with 3 or more children enrolled at WSB concurrently that do not receive financial aid receive a 25% tuition discount for the 3rd (or greater) child.

University of Maryland Baltimore

Through an exclusive arrangement with University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), we offer children of UMB faculty, staff, and students a 50 percent reduction in tuition for the first two semesters of attendance.

 

Community Organizations that Assist Families

B.E.S.T. Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust

The Waldorf School of Baltimore is a member partner school with B.E.S.T. BEST spectrum of services begins with the identification and recruitment of high-achieving African American students in Baltimore who have the potential to thrive in an independent school environment but lack the financial resources necessary to enroll. Contact besttrust.org for more information.

CSFB: Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore

CSFB is a privately funded organization providing partial scholarships to low-income families in Baltimore City, helping them afford the cost of tuition at the private school of their choice. The program is intended as a helping hand for families enrolling their children at a private school for the first time. Contact csfbaltimore.org.


FAQ

Should I apply for financial aid?

It is not possible to determine if a family qualifies for financial assistance without the information provided by the financial aid application process; however, family’s currently receiving grants have average incomes between $60,000 and $120,000. Families receiving financial assistance may also fall outside this range.

Because every family’s situation is unique it is not possible to determine a family’s eligibility or grant level without a full application. The following information and examples are meant to provide a general guideline.

You should consider applying
If your income is below:
$115,000 - $155,000 - $191,000
and
You have # children enrolled:
1 child - 2 children - 3 children

Do I need to apply every year?

Yes, families need to apply each year they are requesting financial aid. Returning families are given priority.

What are the application requirements for divorced, separated, never married, or nontraditional families?

Separated, divorced or never married parents must each submit a TADS application, regardless of any arrangements or legal agreements. If a parent has remarried, both the parent and the step-parent should complete the application. For co-habiting adults, both adults should complete the application. If a parent is “absent,” the custodial parent must explain the situation on the financial aid application.

What if both parents are not working?

The school expects that both parents in a two-parent household should earn income once the youngest child is of elementary school age (grade 1) or older and will impute an income for the non-working parent for purposes of calculating a family’s ability to contribute to their child’s education. Extenuating circumstances may be explained on the financial aid application.

What supporting documents are required?

In addition to completing the online TADS application, parents must submit the documents listed at the end of the online application. These documents include the most current federal income tax returns, schedules, and W-2s, paystubs, applicable business, corporation, or partnership tax returns, and other supporting documents as requested. Families may also submit a letter explaining any circumstances they wish to include with their application. The supporting documents may be uploaded, faxed, or mailed to TADS.

Do I need to submit my 2016 Federal Tax Return if I receive a grant?

Yes, the 2016 tax return with schedules and W-2s is due by April 17 and may be uploaded, faxed or mailed to TADS.

Can I get help with my online application?

Call TADS at 1-800-477-8237 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. you can also go to mytads.com and click on the icon for live help for an online chat, or email your question to support@tads.com. TADS fax number is 612-548-3326.

Who should I contact at WSB with questions?

If you have questions about your payment options or about the financial aid process, please contact Linda Zandler at lzandler@twsb.org or 410-367-6808, ext. 206, or Kathy Lewis at klewis@twsb.org or 410-367-6808, ext. 205.


 

 

The Waldorf School of Baltimore does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid policies, employment practices and other school-administered programs.