Financial Aid


We are committed to providing assistance to qualified students desiring a Waldorf Education and in need of financial support. Our school is also committed to providing assistance to help create socioeconomic diversity within our community. Funds for financial aid are made possible through our operating funds, supported by fundraising. Financial Aid awards are made on the basis of demonstrated financial need and no full-tuition awards are given.  While award size varies, our median award for the 2017/18 school year was 20% and financial aid awards totaled $225,000.

We expect parents to give their children’s education very high priority in their financial planning and to consider seriously all family resources and assets, including possible help from such sources as extended family and grandparents, before applying for financial aid.


  • Financial Aid is open to students who have turned 5 years by June 1st, 2019.
  • Applications must be received by the deadline, January 14th, 2019.
  • Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed after the process for timely applications has been completed. Any remaining funds will then be awarded to qualified late applicants

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia processes financial aid through School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS calculates an estimate of the amount a family can contribute to educational expenses based on the financial information provided. This estimate, along with any additional information the family shares, enables us to make fair decisions.

Financial Aid must be applied for annually. While the school cannot guarantee the same level of financial support year to year, the goal is to continue offering an award consistent with a family’s demonstrated need whenever possible.

Application Deadlines

  • The deadline for submitting financial aid applications, and for submitting supporting documents, is January 14, 2019
  • Financial aid award letters for new and returning families are mailed on or about February 1st, 2019
  • Acceptance of the award is indicated by the return of the signed enrollment contract and submission of a non-refundable deposit within ten days of the offer.
  • The non-refundable enrollment deposit is credited to the upcoming year's tuition balance.

How to complete your financial aid application

  • Log on to org/parents to begin your application.
  • Create your online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year,  log into the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year. The code for the Waldorf School of Philadelphia is 4125.
  • Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2019-20. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it.
  • After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $49 is non-refundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system but it can be revised if necessary.
  • After you pay for and submit your PFS, you will have access to the PFS Online to a section called “My Documents.” There you can upload supporting documents.

How to submit additional documentation

  • Prepare your documents to be uploaded. Make sure the documents are on your computer, each saved as a separate file. Remove any security or password protection from your document files.
  • Return to the PFS Online and login
  • Select the Academic Year 2019-20 button.
  • From the PFS Online, click on the “My Documents” tab.
  • On the “My Documents” page, you will see an upload button or a hyperlink next to a specific document name in the “Required Documents” section of the PFS. Click either the upload button or the hyperlink which will lead you through a series of steps allowing you to name, locate and save the file.
  • Once you have uploaded a document, the date will appear in the “Date Uploaded” column within minutes of the upload. Some tax documents go through a verification process. It can take up to 48 hours for the verification process to complete.

For more information about Financial Aid contact Director of Advancement & Enrollment, Alexandra Borders at 215-248-1662 or

Multiple Tuition Charging Schools

If more than one child in a family attends a tuition-charging K-8 institution or college, the Waldorf School of Philadelphia requires families to apply for aid at each of the institutions their children attend. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia does not subsidize tuition for other tuition-charging schools of any type. Note that SSS computes the total funds available for education and divides that amount by the number of children attending tuition-charging schools. In some situations, parents may be requested to provide the Waldorf School of Philadelphia with copies of financial aid awards granted by other institutions.

Divorced or Separated Parents

Each parent must submit a separate Parent Financial Statement along with copies of his or her 1040 and all schedules directly to SSS. If a non-custodial parent refuses to submit the necessary information to SSS, the application for financial aid will not be processed. In cases where a non-custodial parent is not involved with the child, the custodial parent is required to submit documentation verifying the family’s situation from a disinterested party such as the courts, an attorney, minister or social worker.


The Financial Aid Committee holds all submitted information in support of aid applications in strict confidence. Financial aid awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia does not share families’ financial information with any other party; equally, families granted financial aid awards are expected to keep confidential all details pertaining to a granted financial aid award. In the event of a breach of this confidentiality clause, the Waldorf School of Philadelphia reserves the right to amend awards.

The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia (CSFP)

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is a proud partner of The Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia (CSFP). The CSFP provides opportunities for tuition scholarships for Philadelphia residents with children attending K through 8th grade. The total family income must fall within the income eligibility scale obtainable on at

Does your household reside in the City of Philadelphia?
Is your child entering grades K-8th in 2019?
Does your household income fall within the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia 2019-2020 Income Scale - link

If so, CSFP can help your family afford private school through their four-year scholarship program. All CSFP scholarships are partial and needs-based. The maximum award amount for SY 2019-20 is $2,900 per child.

  • On November 15, CSFP will close its priority application period, conduct a lottery, and award the majority of 2,000 new, four-year scholarships to early applicants. The best chance to win a four-year scholarship will go to families who submit an application by November 15. Winners for this early group will be notified in December.
  • The second application deadline will be March 1, 2019. The remaining scholarships will be awarded to those families who submitted applications after November 15 and to those families not previously selected in the earlier lottery. Winners for the second lottery will be notified in early March.

Learn more about CSFP and the application process.