Tuition Support

Berkshire Waldorf School is known as a thought leader in creating an intentionally diverse school community. To that end, we offer several forms of tuition assistance, to keep the school accessible to as many families as possible.

Tuition support requests are a separate, parallel process to your application for admission. Awards are offered once your student has been accepted to a program. While we offer two forms of assistance, as a nonprofit, we are only able to offer one form per family. In addition, we ask that families give their children’s education high priority in their financial planning, including contributions from both parents/guardians, and considering help from extended family or outside grants and scholarships, such as the Jack Cooke Kent scholarship for 7th graders.

Tuition support applications are due for the 2021-22 school year on February 1 for returning families and March 1 for families new to the school. Once our tuition support funds are allocated, we may not be able to provide additional support beyond these deadlines.

Option A: Sliding Scale Tuition

Available for Early Childhood-Grade 8.  With clear and predictable tuition tiers based on your family’s annual earnings, BWS offers a sliding scale discount for families whose adjusted gross income falls within the range of $30,000 to $110,000. See our 2021-22 sliding scale rates here.

How to Apply

To apply for sliding scale tuition, please email this sliding scale application and the first two pages of your most recent federal tax form 1040 (2019 or 2020 accepted) with your tax ID number blacked out to enrollment@berkshirewaldorfschool.org

The sliding scale application deadline has passed. Please contact Enrollment Director, Renee Far at enrollment@berkshirewaldorfschool.org or 413-528-4015 to check whether sliding scale funds are still available for your child’s program.

Option B: Financial Aid

Available for Grades 1-8. If your family has multiple children or other financial circumstances that put sliding scale tuition out of reach, you may apply for Financial Aid instead. Berkshire Waldorf School uses a national service, TADS, to process financial aid applications. TADS applies standard criteria, including family income, assets, expenses and other individual circumstances such as family size, to assess need. The Berkshire Waldorf School Tuition Assistance Committee uses this information to allocate resources annually. To qualify, families must reapply each year.

How to Apply

To apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year, please complete your required TADS form online and pay the $45 fee. Next, submit any additional documents directly to TADS, and select Berkshire Waldorf School to receive TADS results. The submission deadline is February 1 for returning students and March 1 for new applicants. 

Berkshire Waldorf School’s Tuition Support Committee considers each application with care. Their goal is to award annual aid with an equitable balance of school resources.

Our enrollment office notifies families of their award via email after Feb. 15 for returning families, and after April 1 for new applicants.

The financial aid application deadline has passed. Please contact Enrollment Director, Renee Far at enrollment@berkshirewaldorfschool.org or 413-528-4015 to check whether financial aid is still available for your child’s program.

For general questions about the admissions or tuition support process, contact our Admissions & Enrollment Office:

Director of Admissions, Robyn Coe: admissions@berkshirewaldorfschool.org or (413) 528-4015 ext. 106

Director of Enrollment, Renée Far: enrollment@berkshirewaldorfschool.org or (413) 528-4015

Berkshire Waldorf School is an independent coeducational school accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), and is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). We welcome students of every race, creed, religion, culture, gender identity, and national origin. 

All tuition information is kept completely confidential by Berkshire Waldorf School and we expect families to keep the same confidence in regards to their financial relationship with the school.