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Affording Walden

It is our belief at Walden School that there can be no excellence in education without all types of diversity, including socio-economic. Teaching children to respect and appreciate the beliefs, values, and histories of all individuals is as necessary for success in our world as is a solid grounding in science, math, and language.

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

All-Inclusive Tuition Pre-K - 6th

The 2017-2018 tuition (K through 6th grade) is $21,709 and (full-time Pre-K) is $20,775 if paid in a single payment; payment plans are offered. Tuition is inclusive of all materials, books, and field trips.

There is a one-time new student legacy fee of $500. In order to fulfill the Walden mission, maintain the value and excellence of our educational program, and to build upon the strong foundation laid by generous families in years' past, this fee honors the commitments of the alumni and present families whose financial contributions and time volunteered helped purchase and renovate our campus, and continue to enrich our community.

Part-Time Pre-K Program (3 days/week)

The 2017-2018 part-time Pre-K tuition, three days/week, is $13,580 if paid in a single payment; payment plans are offered.

Extended Care Program - The Village

The Village after school child care (3:00-6:00 p.m.) is available to all Walden students. For Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) the 2016-2017 5-day rate is $310/month; for K-6th grades the 2016-2017 5-day rate is $260/month. Part-time and occasional use options are available.

Early morning childcare from 7:00-8:00 a.m. is available, as well. Pre-K: $150/month (2016-2017 rate); K-6th: $135/month (2016-2017 rate). Hourly rates may also apply.

AM/PM Care (both times) unlimited use is $400/month for Pre-K and $335/month for K-6th (2016-2017 rates).

Holiday and other non-student day childcare are also available at a daily rate.

The Walden Fund (annual giving)

As a non-profit, independent school, we ask every Walden family to make Walden School a philanthropic priority each year. Your annual contribution to The Walden Fund enables Walden to continue to be exemplary.

Your charitable financial support gives us the confidence to be aspirational and inspired. Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by IRS guidelines. Walden School is a 501 (c)3 organization. Tax ID#95-2663177

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Procedures and Deadlines

Prospective Families

Applying for financial assistance is a three step process. Please be sure that you complete all three steps to ensure that your application is processed. Applications received after January 27, 2017 will not be considered until all applicants who met the deadlines are processed.

1. Click here to download the Walden School Financial Aid Letter of Intent. Print and complete this letter and mail it to Walden, so that we receive it by January 27, 2017.

2. Click here to begin the online Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) application. The online application must be completed in full by January 27, 2017. For questions about completing the online FAST application, please call FAST directly at 1-877-326-3278.

3. The following documents must be received by FAST (Do not mail to Walden School.) by February 17, 2017: 1) a copy of your complete and signed 2016 tax returns with W2 and schedules attached and a copy of your last 2016 pay stub(s).

Mail directly to FAST at the address below:

FAST Processing
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Teachers, members of the Board of Trustees, and students are not informed of financial aid applications or decisions. The Financial Aid Committee will consider financial assistance only for families who meet all of the above listed deadlines.

We understand the personal and sensitive nature of the requested documents and keep all such information strictly confidential. By providing the documents, as detailed in this letter, we can better understand your financial situation, interpret it to the Financial Aid Committee, and appropriately evaluate your application. If you have any questions about the Financial Assistance application process in general, please contact Walden School’s Business Manager, James Cooper, at (626) 792-6166 x13.

To learn more about the Financial Aid process and how it affects prospective and current families, please click here.

Current Families

There are three steps to apply for financial assistance. Please be sure that you complete ALL the steps to ensure that your application is processed.

Applications received after January 27, 2017 will not be considered until all applicants who met the deadlines are processed.

1. Click here to download the Walden School Financial Aid Letter of Intent. Print and complete this letter and mail it to Walden, so that we receive it by JANUARY 27, 2017.

2. Click here to begin the online Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) application. The online application must be completed in full by JANUARY 27, 2017. For questions about completing the online FAST application, please call FAST directly at 1-877-326-327.

3. Mail to be received by FAST* by FEBRUARY 17, 2017 a copy of your complete and signed 2016 tax returns, with W2 and schedules attached, along with a copy of your last 2016 pay stub(s):

FAST Processing
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

*Do NOT mail to Walden School. Required documents must be sent directly to FAST and received by FEBRUARY 17, 2017.

The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Teachers, members of the Board of Trustees, and students are not informed of financial aid applications or decisions. The Financial Aid Committee will consider financial assistance only for families who meet all of the above listed deadlines.

FOR CURRENT PARENTS: In order to secure a place for your child at Walden next year, your re-enrollment contract and $1000 deposit is due by noon on Monday, February 6, 2017. If Steps 1-3 are completed on time, the Financial Aid Committee will be able to make decisions by March 10.

Any financial assistance offers to currently enrolled families will be e- mailed with an amended re-enrollment contract, which will then be due ten (10) calendar days from the date of the financial assistance offer letter. After that time, the funds may be re-directed to other qualified families in need.

Should you decide to decline the financial assistance offer and want to withdraw from Walden School for 2017-18, a request for withdrawal and deposit refund must be made in writing and received by the Business Office no later than fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the financial assistance offer letter. After that time, the original deposit becomes non-refundable.

We understand the personal and sensitive nature of the requested documents and keep all such information strictly confidential. By providing the documents, as detailed in this letter, we can better understand your financial situation, interpret it to the Financial Aid Committee, and appropriately evaluate your application. If you have any questions about the Financial Assistance application process in general, please contact Walden School’s Business Manager, James Cooper, at (626) 792-6166 x13.

Qualifying for Financial Assistance

When determining if your family should apply for aid, please look at all personal resources for meeting costs first. We anticipate that this will involve some degree of sacrifice. We ask that you give careful thought to the maximum amount of tuition that you can reasonably pay. If all available resources, including extended family, are still not enough to meet tuition costs, then the family may qualify for aid. There are no absolute guidelines by which you can determine your own eligibility, because each case is unique.

Confidentiality

Walden understands the personal and sensitive nature of financial documents and keeps all such information strictly confidential. The Financial Aid Committee maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Teachers and students are not informed of financial aid decisions.

Criteria for Awarding Grants

At Walden, financial aid grants are awarded on the basis of need only. A family must establish that a need exists in order to receive a grant. Walden uses FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition), which helps independent schools across the country determine a family's financial need. With the help of FAST, our Financial Aid committee at the school will determine the grant award amount.

Financial need is determined by taking many factors into account including family income, assets (especially housing) and liabilities, net worth, standard living expenses, unusual expenses, family size, the number of children attending tuition-charging schools, and the ability of both parents to work.

Despite our commitment to financial aid and to enrolling an economically diverse student body, each year the number of accepted applicants who qualify for financial aid is more than Walden is able to support through our annual operating budget. Although we would wish to do so, Walden cannot guarantee that all applicants who qualify for financial aid will receive assistance.

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