Sustainable Tuition Program

Sustainable Tuition Program

Suncoast Waldorf School is committed to creating a Waldorf school community whose students and families reflect the economic, cultural and social diversity of our surrounding community.  The school’s Sustainable Tuition Program is designed to provide qualified students with an opportunity for a Waldorf education that might otherwise be financially unobtainable for them.  Assistance is available for families with demonstrated financial need and is considered separately from the admissions process after a student has been accepted.

While our Sustainable Tuition Program aims to help families with a variety of social and economic backgrounds participate in a Waldorf education, we recognize that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with his or her family.  It is expected that families will prioritize school tuition in their budgets and that lifestyle choices will reflect the value placed on a Waldorf education.  We expect all parents to contribute honestly toward tuition, including seeking employment in order to help defray school costs.  Waldorf education supports the benefit to young children of being able to spend time at home with a parent.  When all of the children in the home are in the grades, the school expects every parent to contribute to the financial support of their student’s education.

Investing in Waldorf Education

Tuition alone never fully covers the cost of each child’s education and therefore the school relies on a strong base of volunteer support for special events, festivals and fundraising, and assistance with many aspects of the operation of the school.  The school expects all parents to make a commitment to participate in the life of the school by contributing time, skills and money to the best of their ability.

Our aim is to find a way for every parent to feel they have made a contribution to the school.  Participating in our fundraising and support programs is not only necessary, but also rewarding and renewing.

Tuition payments are an investment in your child’s academic and personal development.  This investment helps to sustain the academic program and supportive community that makes our school unique, and gives the teachers and staff of the school a deep sense of responsibility to the students and families that make this education possible.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTCS) program aims to make private-school education options available to families who meet income requirements.  Please click here to learn more about the program and determine if your family may qualify.

If your family meets eligibility requirements for the FTCS program, you will need to apply for a scholarship directly through one of the two Scholarship Funding Organizations (SFOs).  You may initially apply for scholarship through either or both of these SFOs. The maximum scholarship limit and eligibility criteria set by the state are the same with both companies.

Step Up For Students
P.O. Box 54367
Jacksonville, FL 32245-4367
(877) 735-7837
info@stepupforstudents.org

and

A.A.A. Scholarship Foundation- FL, LLC
13528 Prestige Place, Suite 107
Tampa, FL 33635
Phone/Fax: 888-707-2465
info@aaascholarships.org

If your family qualifies for the FTCS program and you are unable to pay the balance of the required tuition, please write a letter of consideration to the Tuition Assistance Committee explaining your circumstances so that your request for additional help can be considered.   Families that qualify for FTCS do NOT need to complete a separate application for assistance through TADS.

If your family does not meet the income requirements for the FTCS program but you still wish to be considered for Tuition Assistance, please click on the TADS link below and complete the application for Tuition Assistance.  Grants for Tuition Assistance are made annually and a new application is required each year as family circumstances and available funds may fluctuate.

Tuition Assistance Grants are only available for students enrolled in 5 day kindergarten or Grades 1-5.

The deadline to apply for Tuition Assistance is March 1st.  Families who fail to meet this deadline will only be considered for assitance if funds remain available.  We expect grant decisions to be available in early April.

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com