Berkeley Rose is committed to cultivating and sustaining cultural and socio-economic diversity.  Families committed to providing a Waldorf education for their children but are concerned about their ability to pay the tuition are encouraged to consider the following avenues for financial aid.

Affordable Tuition Program (ATP)
(not available for Nursery)
Open to Kindergarten and Grades applicants only

2019-20 ATP Financial Aid App Sheet

2020-21 ATP Financial Aid App Sheet

Each year Berkeley Rose Waldorf School offers reduced tuition to the maximum number of students possible. Families who are unable to pay the entire tuition are encouraged to consider applying for financial aid. Please follow the steps below to apply for financial aid for our school:

  • Download the Affordable Tuition Program (ATP) information sheet and application (above) and follow the instructions on the sheet. The priority deadline for financial aid applications is January 17, 2020. You may apply after that date, though funds may be limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Financial aid is not guaranteed, and is provided to families who qualify. We will accept applications on an ongoing basis until funds are no longer available.
  • The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 school years are both available online. Please note that access to the 2020-21 Parents’ PFS will be available after October 1, 2019. After completing their ATP sheet, families must continue the tuition assistance application process by visiting the School for Student Services website: Once on the website click on “Create an Account” and follow the instructions. If you have questions, there are step-by-step instructions and webinars here:


Flexible Spending Account
These programs are offered through employers and allow parents to pay for childcare with wages earned before taxes are taken out. Please see your employer for more details.

Alternative Payment Programs (a.k.a. Vendor Programs)
These programs do not provide the actual child care. Instead, they pay for the child care of eligible families in licensed family child care homes, centers, or exempt child care situations. The parent chooses the child care program. Then the alternative payment program signs a contract with the parent and provider and pays the provider directly. Parents enrolled in alternative payment (AP) programs have the right to change providers if they are dissatisfied with their first choice. AP programs serve specific geographic areas, and ages of children varies, depending on the program (such as childcare up to age 5, and aftercare up to age 12). Please contact Bananas, Inc. for availability. Berkeley Rose accepts AP programs.

Other Subsidized Options
There are some training programs which will pay for child care while you are being trained, and some city-funded programs which provide a partial subsidy. Please contact Bananas, Inc. or Basic Fund for more information.

Berkeley Rose seeks a representative community of diversity, welcoming students of any race, religion, ethnic, and financial background. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions programs and policies. The school is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).