Tuition Adjustment Program


We know the decision to invest in an independent school education is a significant one for most families, and it can have a profound impact on your child's life.

We are committed to make a Highland Hall Waldorf School education available to as many students as our resources will permit.  Our Tuition Adjustment (TA) program is designed to meet that goal, with TA available to families in a wide economic range.

Tuition Adjustment is administered by our Tuition Adjustment Committee (TAC) under the supervision of the Business Office. Through the work of the TAC, the school is able to offer tuition adjustments to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.  We further adjust tuition for families with multiple children enrolled.

A limited number of full and partial, merit-based scholarships for Grades 6-12 are available for students with demonstrated financial need.

Below is important information about this program; please read the FAQ section below prior to submitting your TA application. Be sure to also submit your online Enrollment Application. Submitting both at the same time will ensure a timely decision from the school. We look forward to showing you how affordable a Highland Hall Waldorf School education can be.

Please note, TA is not available for Preschool families.

How do I apply for Tuition Adjustment (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 when your application is complete. 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 email so we can invite you to have a tuition adjustment conversation with us. 
  6. Once your TA process is complete, the TA award will be entered into your Enrollment Agreement.  We will notify you at that point to review the award and complete your Enrollment Agreement.
Once I apply for Tuition Adjustment, how soon will I receive notice of an award decision?

Rest assured that TA applications receive our highest priority. However, families will not receive a TA decision until they have completed both the TA process AND the admissions process.


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

Yes. These two applications should be submitted at the same time. Families who have not submitted Enrollment or Re-Enrollment applications to the school will not be issued TA award notifications.


When should I apply for Tuition Adjustment?

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 adjustment.


How does applying for Tuition Adjustment 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 Adjustment?

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 Adjustment 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 Adjustment Program, please email the Business Office. Thank you for your interest in Highland Hall.