Tuition Adjustment Program
As a social objective, the Corvallis Waldorf School Tuition Adjustment Program is designed to enable qualified students to attend CWS who might not otherwise be able to do so for financial reasons. The program plays a major role in contributing to the success, diversity and health of the school. The Corvallis Waldorf School strives to adhere to the mission and principle of supporting accessibility for all families who seek a Waldorf education. Families with students at least four years old, and kindergarten eligible, are eligible for tuition adjustment.
Guidelines we use to determine adjustments to tuition:
- Admission decisions are made independently of decisions for tuition adjustment.
- Applications for tuition adjustment are considered in cases where all balances and fees are current.
- Fees of any sort are not eligible for Tuition Adjustment.
- Applications and agreements for tuition adjustment are made for one year. Families reapply annually.
- The Tuition Adjustment Committee reviews completed applications and offers adjustment based on the demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. The Committee must balance a family’s ability to pay tuition with standards that ensure equitable distribution of adjustments. Our decisions are guided by an independent financial needs assessment by FACTS. The Committee gives strong favorable consideration to demonstrated commitment to CWS as well as Waldorf education.
- The Tuition Adjustment process is held in strict confidence and with deep respect for privacy. All Tuition Adjustment awards are confidential agreements. We ask the same of our families receiving tuition adjustment. Please do not share or publish your Tuition Adjustment Agreement, in general or in detail, with your peers.
- Tuition Adjustment is awarded per the application at the time of the award. Any changes in the enrollment application or a family’s financial circumstances, at any later time, may necessitate a change in the Tuition Adjustment. The school reserves the right to adjust any tuition adjustment awards when there is a deviation between the actual income reported on the prior year tax returns and that projected in the application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is on the Tuition Adjustment Committee?
The Tuition Adjustment Committee includes the Director of Business Operations and the School Director.
Is there a priority for Tuition Adjustment funds?
Yes, these awards are made to families of students who demonstrate financial need and commitment to Waldorf education.
In addition, priorities are given in the following order:
- Families currently enrolled at CWS
- Families new to CWS, with previous Waldorf experience
- Families new to CWS, without previous Waldorf experience
When is the deadline to apply for tuition adjustment?
Application deadline for Phase I review is April 15, 2019. Applications received after this time will be considered on a case by case basis. New students can apply at the time of enrollment.
Is Tuition Adjustment available for Early Childhood Programs?
Your child must be four and kindergarten eligible to qualify for tuition adjustment.
Are both parents expected to work?
The Tuition Adjustment program seeks to assist families who have a financial need after all options for financial support have been explored. These options include both parents working or actively seeking employment or other income generating possibilities when all children in the family have reached grade school age.
How to Apply for Tuition Adjustment
1) Fill out the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment form ($35 fee, payable online to FACTS)
Apply online at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4BYDJ. If you are transmitting your application online, mail your supporting documents to: FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment, PO Box 82524, Lincoln, NE 68401-2524 or fax them to 866-315-9264. You do not need to leave a hard copy at the school’s office.
You can begin the tuition adjustment application process before completing your most recent year taxes. If you are interested in being in our Phase I consideration, please plan ahead so the most recent year tax returns are available.
2) Write Your Letter (turn into the Corvallis Waldorf School)
A personal letter outlining your situation and any extenuating circumstances is required. This letter is important to highlight the unique details that you would want to be understood in the review process and would not show up on any generic form. Please turn this letter into the business office. Examples of items to include in the letter might be:
- Summarize your connection and commitment to Waldorf education and the Corvallis Waldorf School.
- Do you realize any income that is not reflected on your income tax returns?
- Are there expected changes in income or expenses in the year to come?
- Have you reached out for help from friends or family to meet your family’s tuition? We encourage families to look to personal resources, including assets, when determining their level of adjustment request.
- Is your financial need temporary?
- Unique family situations not captured by FACTS.
Savings, Retirement Contributions & Plans, and Other Assets
Many families at CWS make significant sacrifices so their children can attend our school. The FACTS analysis determines an appropriate asset value for each family based on your age and future earning potential. Some of your assets may be determined to be an available resource for your family to use for payment of tuition. The school expects families to utilize their resources before requesting an adjustment from the school.
The Tuition Adjustment Committee will be able to proceed with a review of your application when the above information is complete. A complete application consists of:
- Confirmed and reviewed FACTS application
- Letter to CWS received
- Child eligible (Age)
- Family eligible (No debt to CWS)
Changes in Circumstances
Tuition Adjustment recipients are required to notify the committee of any changes in financial status at any time. Failure to report these changes may impact future awards.
If you have any questions, contact Diane Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org