Affordable Tuition Program

Affording our School

As an independent school, we rely on tuition income and philanthropic support to meet our annual expenses and we work to keep expenses as low as possible without compromising the quality of our educational program. We are committed to building a school whose student body, faculty, and staff reflect the ethnic, cultural and socio-economic diversity of Sacramento and we seek families who are committed to Waldorf Education for their children.

  • 41% of students currently receive an Affordable Tuition Grant.
  • The median grant amount in 2019 is $4,923 per student.
  • Students from Kindergarten to 8th grade are eligible to apply. Preschool children  are also eligible if they have an older sibling in the school.

We expect that families will make every effort to pay as much tuition as they can, consistent with their commitment to the well-being of the School and their child’s education.

Without the Affordable Tuition Program, my daughter would not be at Camellia.  I am a single mom working full time, and still have considerable debt from college.  I appreciate being able to support the school financially while keeping monthly payments within my budget. Thank you, Camellia Waldorf School!

How are grants determined?

The school’s Affordable Tuition Program Committee makes its own independent determination of what a family’s grant will be, taking into account the TADS report, the family’s tax returns, and any other financial and personal information or special circumstances that may be brought to its attention.

When we first enrolled our children at Camellia, my wife was still in school.  We received an Affordable Tuition grant (formerly called “Tuition Assistance”) that made enrollment possible.   Now that she is working full time, we are able to pay full tuition, and appreciate that the school continues to support economic diversity by making these grants available to other families.

What is TADS?

TADS is an online service used by the school to process and evaluate grant applications, helping us to make informed and fair decisions. This requires both income and asset information.

My husband and I both work full time at local non-profits, and can’t afford to pay full tuition for our two children to attend Camellia.   Fortunately for our children, Camellia offers an Affordable Tuition Program. Camellia’s staff worked closely with us, coming up with a number that worked for our family. This program has allowed us to continue to give back to our community in our current jobs and provide our children with a quality Waldorf education.

How do I apply?

To request a grant, families may apply online here. There is a $39 fee per household to apply.

Grants are made for the school year and a new application is required each year since family circumstances and the available funding may change. Admissions decisions are made without regard to the financial circumstances of a candidate’s family.

If you have not already done so, you will also need to apply for admission.  Grants are only awarded after the student is accepted.


Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have questions regarding tuition, grants, admissions and/or the application process.  We look forward to assisting you and your family as you move through the stages of application and on towards enrollment at Camellia Waldorf School.