Tuition and Fees


The decision to invest in an independent school education is a significant one for most families and can have a profound impact on your child’s future. 

At Asheville Waldorf School, we are inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. We emphasize the importance of viewing school tuition not as a transaction to purchase a commodity, but as a contribution to provide a stable environment in which true learning may transpire.  As families we contribute to the stability and growth of our school in many ways—through program fees, fundraising contributions, volunteer support and spreading the word about Asheville Waldorf School. Parent participation is an integral part of the culture of our school.

 Asheville Waldorf School uses Tier-based Tuition Structure

This Tier-based system was created based on the following goals:

  • To achieve long-term financial sustainability of our school
  • To create a more robust and fair financial aid system for all
  • To ensure continued accessibility to all families currently part of our school  
  • To continue our progress in making Waldorf Education accessible to children of all socio-economic backgrounds

We know our new structure and process can help us collectively achieve these goals and intentions of sustainability and accessibility  in alignment with the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of our Asheville Waldorf School community.

Class Annual Tuition  (Tier I) Tier II Tier III
Bridge Class  $1,985
2-day Nursery $3,865
3-day Nursery $5,755
5-day Nursery $9,420 $7,536 $5,652
5-Day Kindergarten- Half day $9,420 $7,536 $5,652 *
5-Day Kindergarten -Full Day  $12,310 $9,848 $7,386
Grades 1 & 2 $12,560 $10,048 $7,536
Grades 3 & 4 & 5 $12,855 $10,284 $7,713
Grades 6 & 7 & 8 $13,630 $10,904 $8,178 

Tiered Tuition – Tuition Assistance

Asheville Waldorf School offers financial assistance in the form of a tiered tuition model for families unable to pay the full tuition. This is available to families with children enrolled in Five Day Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades classes.  For more information please read our page on financial assistance. TADS charges a $42 non-refundable fee to evaluate your application. Please click here for more information.

Additional Fees

Application Fee

$50 per application

New Student Enrollment Fee

Bridge Class: $200

Nursery: $400

Kindergarten: $500

Grades 1-8: $500

Returning Student Enrollment Fee

Nursery 2-5 days: $300

Kindergarten: $300

Grades 1-8: $300


The AWS Scholarship Fund

This fund has been created to further assist families who are in need of additional assistance beyond our Tier-based Financial Aid and for families who have not qualified for the Opportunity Scholarship for other than financial reasons. Applying for Tier II or III  Financial Aid on time and applying for the NC Opportunity Scholarship (if applicable) on time are prerequisites to being considered for additional Scholarship Fund assistance.

Sibling discount

If your family is paying Tier I or Tier II Tuition, you qualify for our  NEW Sibling discount: 

  • One child – full Tier (I or II) Tuition cost 
  • Second child – 5% off
  • Third child (or fourth, fifth, etc) – 10% off

NC Opportunity Scholarship

In addition to our Tier-based Financial Aid, we continue to accept the NC Opportunity Scholarship from the State of North Carolina. If you qualify for this scholarship, the scholarship amount is applied against your tuition. To check your eligibility and to apply for this scholarship, please visit their website:

    If you believe that the lack of funds would determine whether or not your child could attend our program, we encourage you to apply for tuition assistance. To participate in tuition assistance a family is expected to hold the Waldorf philosophy high on its list of financial priorities. The primary responsibility for financing a students independent schooling rests with the family. Because of the high demand for assistance, families are advised to seek additional resources prior to applying for financial aid. An adjustment is not intended to support discretionary items such as after school activities, luxury items, a second home or investment portfolios.

    We use TADS, a nationally recognized education service to evaluate a family’s financial situation.  This ensures your privacy as well as an objective evaluation.  TADS will charge you a non-refundable fee of $42 (per family) for this service. 

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    Educating the whole child, in mind, body, and spirit,  

    for a life of continuous learning

    and meaningful engagement with the world.

    Grades Location

    376 Hendersonville Road

    Asheville, NC 28803

    Grades Location

    376 Hendersonville Road

    Asheville, NC 28803


    Main office: 828.575.2557



    89 Old Candler Town Road
    Candler, NC 28715


    Main office: 828.575.2557



    376 Hendersonville Road
    Asheville, NC 28803


    The Asheville Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in its employment policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.