Tuition Assistance and a PWS Waldorf Education

Due to the amount of assistance already offered to families for 2018-19, new enrollment inquiries received after April 25 will only be considered for requests for 50% or lower tuition assistance. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for tuition amounts.

Thank you for considering Pasadena Waldorf School and a Waldorf Education for your student.

Tuition assistance at PWS supports the range of diversity and inclusion that is a hallmark of the school’s educational and social mission. A diverse experience enriches education and builds social capacities in us all.

Tuition assistance is granted to students entering kindergarten through grade 12 based on proven need and the availability of funds. Need is determined by a tuition assistance committee utilizing an assessment by the National Association of Independent School’s School and Student Services (SSS). SSS helps independent schools across the country determine a family’s financial need fairly, equitably, and confidentially.

For the 2018-19 school year, the tuition assistance budget is limited to approximately $1.1 million. We expect that parents applying will first assess their financial status and will turn to other sources before asking PWS for assistance.

Please note that while our aim is to assure the possibility of Waldorf Education for all students, our ability to do so is limited, and parents must be prepared to shoulder the majority of their tuition obligation. As a result, the school is not in a financial position to support lifestyle choices that have a negative impact on a family’s ability to pay tuition. We expect all parents to contribute honestly toward tuition.

Each year the number of accepted applicants who qualify for tuition assistance is more than PWS is able to support through our annual operating budget. Although we would wish to do so, the school cannot guarantee that all applicants who qualify for tuition assistance will receive assistance. If an application is declined, PWS will notify the family of the reason for being declined.

Deadlines / Timeline

For re-enrolling families to be eligible for priority consideration:

  • submit your completed tuition assistance application no later than January 5, 2018
  • upload your 2017 W2 no later than February 5, 2018.
  • re-enrolling families can expect a decision on February 26, 2018.

For new families:

  • Completed tuition assistance applications received by February 1, 2018 will be considered ahead of applications received after February 1st;
  • If you apply by February 1, 2018, you can expect a decision by March 22, 2018.

Late applications will still be considered, subject to availability within our budget. 

Applying for Tuition Assistance

You can apply here:  The Pasadena Waldorf School SSS code is 5687.

Tuition Assistance – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How will new families know if they can afford PWS?

Tuition Assistance at PWS is needs-based, but no more than 50% of tuition can be granted. You are encouraged to start your tuition assistance application along with your admissions application so you will know as soon as possible.

Can we apply for financial assistance for our preschool student?

Only new preschool enrollments in families who have an older sibling in the school are eligible.

How do two-household families apply for financial assistance?

In the case of two-household families, PWS considers total combined income from both families in making an award. Both families must submit complete applications to SSS.

How do we make our tuition payments?

Monthly tuition payments are made via an automatic withdrawal system. A signed ACH Form is required in the SSS application. Once it is uploaded, you will not need to submit a new form every year.

If you have questions about Tuition Assistance, please email