Now accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Serving grades pre-k through 9. Homestead is online through January 19.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

The Tiered Tuition program provides a limited amount of need-based aid to families who might not otherwise be able to attend the Homestead School.

In order to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, the Homestead School has enlisted the help of the TADS service to evaluate each family’s financial information.

All findings from TADS are kept confidential.

How To Apply

Before Applying for Financial Aid and/or Scholarships, please complete the Homestead School Admissions Application.

After selecting Tier 1 or Tier 2 tuition in the Homestead School application, complete the Application for Financial Aid through TADS.

The analysis is then reviewed by the school’s Tier Committee, who determine the final allocation of financial aid resources for the coming school year. The Homestead School’s Tier Committee consider a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Each family’s overall financial circumstances, including adjusted gross income, assets, indebtedness, and discretionary expenses
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • The school’s enrollment goals
  • Families currently enrolled at Homestead School will be prioritized.

Tier determinations are made for one year only, and therefore, you must re-apply each school year. The first round of applications are due February 1st for the following school year, after which applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The TADS financial aid application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. TADS provides an online email support and a 24/7 helpline to assist you through the process. There is a $45.00 application fee, to be paid by credit card upon completion of the session.

Apply For Financial Aid

Friends of the Homestead School (FOHS) Scholarships

To make our school accessible to deserving students, prospective and currently-enrolled families can apply for limited scholarships offered by Friends of the Homestead School as well as financial aid offered directly by the school.

Friends of the Homestead School (FOHS) provides a limited number of scholarships to families who demonstrate interest in sending their children to a school with an environmental and humanitarian focus in a rural setting.

Homestead School and Friends of the Homestead School strive to be a part of the solution in addressing the continued systemic oppression, racism, and inequality in our nation through offering scholarships in the following areas:

Need Based Scholarships (Requires TADS financial aid application and FOHS Scholarship Application)

Reparations Scholarships– for Black, Indigenous to the Americas, and People of Color

Merit Based Socio-Economic Hardship Scholarshipsfor students whose families have demonstrated financial need beyond Tier 1 as well as academic success, leadership, and/or service

Covid Hardship Scholarships– for families that have suffered major financial losses due to the pandemic and demonstrate need beyond Tier 1 tuition 

Merit Based Scholarships (Requires FOHS Scholarship Application)

Activism for Equality and Justice Scholarshipsfor students and/or families that have demonstrated through action the pursuit of greater equality and justice in our world

Environmental Stewardship/Defense Scholarshipsfor students and/or families that have demonstrated through action the care and regeneration of our natural environment or have acted to defend nature 

Merit Based Scholarshipsfor students who have demonstrated promise through academic success, leadership, and/or service

 

How To Apply

Please note that this is a two step process:

  1. All scholarship applicants complete a FOHS Scholarship application demonstrating a desire to support the mission of Friends of the Homestead School. Need based scholarship applicants also complete the TADS Financial Aid application in order to provide FOHS with their financial information.
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors of FOHS and scholarships are awarded before finalizing the family’s Homestead Tuition Agreement for the coming school year.

All information collected and awards given are kept confidential. Applications are due February 1st for the following school year.

Apply for Scholarships from FOHS

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