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Tiered Tuition at Merriconeag Waldorf School

Merriconeag Waldorf School is committed to creating a school community that reflects the economic diversity of Maine and to enabling families dedicated to providing a Waldorf education for their children, the means to do so. To that end, the Board of Directors developed a unique tuition model that allows the school to work with individual families in assessing their individual ability to contribute. In this model, families are encouraged to apply for an individuated tuition “tier,” allowing them to contribute the maximum amount they are able to afford for tuition. Then, through a process that considers a family’s income and assets, the school makes a final determination about the tuition tier that is appropriate based upon that family’s financial means. Tuition support is available to families with children entering Early Childhood (5-days) through Grade 12.

While Merriconeag relies upon the majority of its families to pay full tuition, this system allows us to provide the high quality and multi-faceted Waldorf education we offer to many more families than would otherwise be possible.

Families who apply for a tiered tuition amount are expected to hold Waldorf education high on their list of financial priorities and demonstrate a willingness to pay to the maximum extent of their financial capability. Families who apply for a tiered tuition rate are required to submit salary and asset information through TADS, a financial aid assessment and tuition management company. Families must also submit supportive financial documents, such as tax returns, W-2s and 1099s directly to TADS. A letter that clarifies financial information and/or family circumstances is strongly recommended. This letter should be included in the documents to TADS and addressed to the Committee. Please be assured that all information submitted will remain confidential and be given full and fair consideration by the Tiered Tuition Committee.

The individualized tier a family pays is determined annually for families applying for tiered tuition. Unless there is a change in a family’s financial circumstances, the School will make every effort to keep families at the same level of tuition contribution each year.

This unique tuition model grew out of ongoing efforts, over Merriconeag’s 30 year history, to make Waldorf education attainable to all families who recognize its benefits and want it for their children. Tiered tuition is a key part of our efforts to create as full and rich a community as possible, recognizing that greater overall enrollment will result in more financial resources to support the community and the school.

For more information on Tiered Tuition and the application process, please contact our Business Office at 207-865-3900, ext. 101 or email

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