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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Note: Financial Aid is used to determine Tier 1 and Tier 2 Tuition Assistance. Scholarships are used to offer further financial support beyond Tier 1, as well as to provide non-need based awards. Please see below.

Financial Aid

The Tiered Tuition program provides 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.

The calculation of financial aid is inclusive of any discounts the family may qualify for (eg sibling, staff or alumni).
The max financial aid that HSS offers is Tier 1 which is 20%.of tuition
If the family qualifies for and seeks financial aid beyond 20% of tuition they may apply for scholarships
The max scholarships HSS offers is a total of 50% of tuition (inclusive of discounts, and financial aid)

How To Apply

Before applying for Financial Aid and/or Scholarships, new students will need to 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 $60.00 application fee, to be paid by credit card upon completion of the session. Please note: You will need to create a TADS account, separate from the school application account, for this purpose.

Apply For Financial Aid (Homestead School Partner Code 200400)


To make our school accessible to deserving students, prospective and currently-enrolled families can apply for  scholarships offered directly by the school. The majority of scholarship awards are reserved for families who demonstrate a need beyond Tier 1 tuition. However, some non-need based scholarship awards will be granted annually.

Scholarship Options

The Homestead strives to be a part of the solution in addressing environmental issues and the continued systemic oppression, racism, and inequality in our nation through offering scholarships in the following areas:

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

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 

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

Academic 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 Scholarship application demonstrating a desire to support the mission of the Homestead School.  Applicants will be asked to submit an essay to accompany their application along with student records and a letter of recommendation for any students new to Homestead.
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and scholarships are awarded before finalizing the family’s Homestead Tuition Agreement for the coming school year.

Conditions of Scholarships: All HSS Scholarships are conditional. The student must be in good standing regarding academic performance, as well as social and emotional contributions to the school community. Criteria for good standing will be sent to scholarship recipients upon award.


This application must be completed by February 1st in order to be considered for our first round of HSS Scholarship awards.  Applications submitted after February 1 will be considered, based on the application date and any remaining scholarship funds available.  Scholarship Awards will be offered and awarded in the Spring of the school year prior to which the scholarship is awarded.

All information collected and awards given are kept confidential.

Apply for Scholarship