One important way we strengthen the Santa Cruz Waldorf School community is by making the SCWS experience accessible to families from diverse economic backgrounds.This philosophy has been at the heart of our school’s culture since 1976.
Flexible tuition is determined based upon financial need, available funds and the needs of the school and is only determined after the child has been accepted for enrollment. Upon acceptance a family has two weeks to submit an application for Flexible tuition. Upon receiving an award a family has one week to enroll.
We appreciate every family’s willingness to make their best commitment to prioritize their lifestyle spending towards their child’s education in order for the school to remain financially healthy to provide the best educational program possible.
We also recognize that every family’s situation is unique. The Santa Cruz Waldorf School Flexible Tuition Program provides families with an opportunity to apply for reduced tuition. Many factors that affect a family’s ability to pay are considered carefully. Some families may qualify for anywhere from 10%-90% off of the regular tuition rates according to their financial situation. The school uses a secure application process and a neutral, third-party organization for the evaluation of Flexible Tuition eligibility.
In order for the school to determine the level of tuition for which a family qualifies, the entire application must be completed. Incomplete or inaccurate applications cannot be considered.
We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) in the Flexible Tuition process. To begin your Flexible Tuition application, you will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) is the cornerstone of the application process. By submitting a PFS, you’re granting SSS permission to analyze your financial information. Using their unique methodology, they estimate the amount you can contribute to school expenses and forward that estimate to the appropriate schools. It’s one form, for one fee, for any number of applicants, for any number of schools.
The entire Flexible Tuition process, including grants and applications, is confidential. Great care is taken to protect your financial information.