Tuition Assistance

We believe socio-economic diversity is an essential ingredient in the meaningful educational experience we offer at East Bay Waldorf School. Students and parents alike learn more by being part of a diverse community. Our goal is to welcome families who are genuinely interested in the education we offer—knowing that each such family brings unique and important gifts to our community.  That’s why 42% of our families receive tuition assistance in some form.

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. East Bay Waldorf School families know that investing in their child’s PreK-8 education has a lasting impact.

In addition to offering sibling discounts, we offer flexible payment plans and tuition assistance. In fact, we awarded over $300K in assistance this past year to support our goal of a diverse community.

We determine each family’s financial commitment in equitable proportion to the family’s financial resources, using generally accepted criteria and a recognized objective process, called SmartAid. We look forward to working with your family.


  • Tuition adjustment is available to families from Kindergarten through Grade 8
  • Applications are submitted to SmartAid during the admissions application process.
  • 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.
  • Tuition adjustment does not include application or enrollment fees.

How to apply

East Bay Waldorf School has contracted with SmartTuition/SmartAid to process tuition assistance applications and help evaluate a family’s request for tuition adjustment. SmartAid calculates an estimate of the amount a family can contribute to educational expenses based on the financial information provided, that we then use to determine assistance.

For more information about our tuition or adjustment process, contact Admissions.



  • New families applying for Tuition Assistance must complete the EBWS Tuition Assistance questionnaire and the SmartAID Tuition assistance application along with their admissions application all in Ravenna by January 17, 2020.
  • Returning families must complete the EBWS Tuition Assistance questionnaire and the SMARTAid Tuition Assistance application by the same January 17, 2020 deadline.
  • Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis based on available funds.

Source of Funds

Funds for financial aid are made possible through EBWS Operating budget, supported by fundraising. Tuition covers 85% of our operating costs so it is a vital support to our ongoing operations. Financial Aid awards are made on the basis of demonstrated financial need and no full-tuition awards are given. While award size varies, we granted over half-a-million dollars in financial aid awards last year. It’s important to note that because of our desire to provide tuition adjustment, the school typically relies on Annual Fund donations to balance our budget.

The Basic Fund

The BASIC Fund is a good source for additional tuition assistance; several of our students received assistance from them for the school year. If you have a new student attending our school for the first time (this includes siblings of already registered students), you are eligible to apply for assistance from the BASIC Fund. Please check their website for more information and to access their application.  Please note: even if you receive the full amount from the BASIC Fund, it will not cover reduced tuition for the school year.