Tuition Assistance Program

TA Tree

Tuition Assistance is administered by our Tuition Assistance Committee (TAC) under the supervision of the Business Office.
Through the work of the TAC the school is able to offer adjustments to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.  The goal of the TA program is to make a Waldorf education affordable for as many families as possible. 

Below is important information about this program; please read the questions and answers prior to submitting your TA application. We look forward to showing you how affordable a Highland Hall Waldorf School education can be.

Please note, TA is not available for Pre-K families for the 2022-2023 school year.

Please NOTE: FACTS will collect your most recent tax return as part of this process. If you have had a change in financial circumstances since your most recent tax returns, please also complete this Adjusted Tuition Assistance Application form in addition to your FACTS application.
How do I apply for Tuition Assistance (TA)?
  1. Read the information on this FAQ page.
  2. Submit a student application for each child you want to be considered for a TA award.
  3. Submit a TA application with our on-line Grant and Aid Assessment program, FACTS Management Company here: Be sure to submit all required documents and click 'submit' on the final page; not clicking this will put your TA application on hold.
  4. You will receive an email from FACTS notifying you once your application is completed. If you do not receive this email, your application is not complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an award.
  5. Once you receive an email from FACTS notifying you that your FACTS application is completed, you should receive an award notification from Highland Hall within two weeks. 
  6. Check your FACTS account regularly. This is how you will receive the award notification. 
Once I apply for Tuition Assistance, how soon will I receive notice of an award decision?

New families submitting a first time TA application can expect to receive an award decision notification within 2 weeks of FACTS receiving their completed online application. You will receive an email from FACTS notifying you when your FACTS application is completed. If you haven't received this email, your FACTS application is not completed. Only completed applications will be considered.


Do I need to apply to the school if I am applying for Tuition Assistance?

Yes. These two applications should be submitted at the same time. Families who have not submitted new student applications to the school will not be issued award notifications.


When should I apply for Tuition Assistance?

New families are welcome to apply at any time after submitting their child’s enrollment application. Families who are applying for TA for the following school year may do so beginning December 1st of the year prior. Returning families are urged to complete their application and submit tax documents to FACTS by the January 15 deadline to ensure the best possible tuition assistance.


How does applying for Tuition Assistance impact my child's enrollment?

Student admissions outcomes are not impacted by a TA application. A TA award offer does not mean your child is accepted. Every student who goes through the admissions process receives an enrollment decision independent of his/her TA award decision.


Who is eligible to apply for Tuition Assistance?

New families and returning families are all welcome to apply for TA. Returning families may apply only if they are current with their tuition obligation.


Do I need to apply every year? 

Yes, TA awards are good for one year only. Updated financial information must be submitted each year when TA is desired. Please note that, barring shifts in a family’s income, the TA amount will remain relatively constant from year to year.


My partner stays at home with our youngest child. Is that permissible?

Waldorf education strongly supports a parent’s ability to spend time at home with their young children. However, once all children in the home are in the grades the school expects every parent to contribute to the financial support of their student’s education.


How are Tuition Assistance decisions made? 

In making a TA decision, we consider a family's financial circumstances including income, assets (retirement accounts, savings and investments) and overall family circumstances.


Are other expenses such as trips and fees eligible for adjustment?

No. Highland Hall works hard to keep additional fees to an absolute minimum; most costs are included in the tuition. However, additional fees such as musical instrument rentals, sports fees, trip fees, and parent association dues are not eligible for adjustment.


How do you handle applications from separated or divorced families? 

Families whose parents are separated can file either a combined application including information for both parents or separate applications showing each individual’s information. Divorced parents should each file separate applications.


How do you handle situations of financial crisis?

Families in a period of financial crisis may contact our Business Office for more information.


If you have questions about our Tuition Assistance Program, please email the Business Office. Thank you for your interest in Highland Hall.