It is the objective of the Board of Trustees and the College of Teachers to foster diversity within the community served by Shining Mountain Waldorf School (SMWS). The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program is designed to enable qualified students to attend SMWS who might not otherwise be able to do so for financial reasons. Shining Mountain Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies or Tuition Assistance Program.


  1. Fill out the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment form: the form is available online at Questions about completing the form can be addressed by phone at 866-315-9262 or by email at
  2. Transmitting to FACTS: Applications are now only accepted on line. Be sure to mail the application fee and all supporting documentation to: FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment, PO Box 82524, Lincoln, NE 68501-2524. You no longer need to leave a hard copy at the school’s office. Faxing the supporting documentation to FACTS is acceptable.
  3. Tax Returns: We realize that the tax returns for the year that just ended are not likely to be complete during the timeline of this Tuition Assistance process. Please upload your most recent tax return to FACTS. Also, please upload your most recent W-2’s or 1099’s. Do not delay your Tuition Assistance application by waiting for the current year’s tax return to be filed.
  4. Letter: A personal letter outlining your situation and any extenuating circumstances is required. Such a letter must be included with your documents fax or upload to FACTS.  The letter is important in the overall consideration to highlight the unique details that you would want to be expressly understood in the review process, which may not be reflected in the FACTS application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Funds are taken from a percentage of money that the school collects from tuition fees and from funds contributed voluntarily by parents for the operating budget of the school. The TA Committee makes every effort to extend Tuition Assistance across the broadest spectrum of need with the understanding that there is a limit on the funds that can be distributed for assistance and this need is reassessed in each succeeding year.

The Tuition Assistance Committee is made up of administrators who hold the information that each family provides in the strictest confidence.  For more information, please contact the committee at

Tuition Assistance awards are made to families of students who are in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need. In addition, priorities are given in the following order:

  1. Families already in SMWS.
  2. Families new to SMWS, with previous Waldorf experience.
  3. Families new to SMWS, without previous Waldorf experience and with a child coming into the lower grades.

This varies by year based on budgetary limitations, enrollment, and other factors. Other Waldorf schools have chosen to not provide Tuition Assistance to Kindergarten families. SMWS takes the approach that Tuition Assistance can be made available to 5 day Kindergarten families, currently with a 30% maximum for ½ day, and 50% of the incremental tuition for the afternoon 5 day program to qualifying families. There will be an overall maximum percentage of Kindergarten Tuition Assistance (as a percentage of total Tuition Assistance) determined each year.

The TA program seeks to assist families with the degree of financial need such that all options are being explored to relieve the financial need while TA assistance is being requested. Those options would include both parents actively seeking employment or other income generating possibilities when all children in the family are beyond Kindergarten.

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