There are 3 distinct forms of financial assistance (described below) available through Center for Anthroposophy for students in the Antioch University Waldorf Teacher Education Program. (Please contact Antioch Financial Aid office to inquire about all other aid)
Additionally, the Center for Anthroposophy has established a Diversity Scholarship Fund to promote racial and ethnic diversity among teachers in North American Waldorf schools. This fund provides scholarship funds to help cover the tuition of Waldorf teacher training. Scholarship awards, based on need, will be made to eligible candidates who are in the process of becoming a Waldorf teacher through the Center for Anthroposophy or Antioch University. Please indicate your interest in the Diversity Scholarship on the Waldorf Fellowship Application form below.
Financial Aid awards – made once a candidate has been accepted into our teacher training programs – are applied to the first year of tuition. Candidates seeking additional financial support beyond the first year need to apply each year for further assistance; requests will be considered based on availability of funds from year to year. Awards, ranging in any one year from $500 to around $3,000, are based on need but cannot be expected to match all requests.
Application deadline is June 1
1./ Waldorf Fellowships – Grants awarded by the Center for Anthroposophy based on applicants needs and their demonstrated commitment to Waldorf education.
Waldorf Fellowship Application
2./ AWSNA Teacher Education Loans and Grants – The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support Waldorf schools and teacher education institutes throughout North America. One aspect of this is providing financial assistance to people training to be Waldorf teachers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. These programs are made possible by contributions to AWSNA from member and sponsored schools and institutes, and by grants from various foundations, including the Waldorf Educational Foundation.
a. Teacher Education Loans Program is designed for students enrolled in Waldorf teacher education programs, with the intention of becoming full-time Waldorf teachers. The funds borrowed from AWSNA are forgiven over three years if graduates of education programs teach three-quarter to full-time in AWSNA- or WECAN-affiliated Waldorf schools.
- The amount of the loans varies each year and depends on the funding available.
- Funds are distributed as a loan, repayable to AWSNA. Each consecutive year that the recipient works three-quarter to full-time at an AWSNA-affiliated Waldorf school (or WECAN-affiliated early childhood program), one-third of the original loan amount will be forgiven.
- Loans are interest-free during study and while working full-time as a Waldorf teacher. Failure to complete the training, or to teach full time at a school as described above upon graduation, will cause the loan to become due and payable, as described in the Teacher Education Fund loan contract.
- Foundation year students are not eligible for these funds.
- Antioch and CfA students apply for AWSNA teacher education loans directly through the Center for Anthroposophy by filling out this online Application Form. Your application will be reviewed by the CfA Financial Aid Committee and submitted to AWSNA along with all other applications.
- Application deadline is June 1 and the award letters will be emailed shortly thereafter. AWSNA-generated loan contracts will be distributed to all awardees in October. The actual funds will arrive from AWSNA to Center for Anthroposophy in March – April of the following year. The amount for awards made to Antioch students will be forwarded to Antioch
b. Currently Practicing Teacher (CPT) Matching Grant Program is designed for people already teaching in AWSNA- or WECAN-affiliated schools while pursuing their training. AWSNA provides outright grants that are matched by the school at which the applicant is teaching. All grants are contingent on a matching grant from the school at which the grant recipient teaches. The amount of the grants varies each year and depends on the funding available. The application must be accompanied by a letter from the school where the applicant teaches, specifying the maximum amount of matching funds the school will commit.
- Antioch and CfA students may apply for AWSNA Currently Practicing Teacher (CPT) Matching Grant Program directly through the Center for Anthroposophy by filling out this online Application Form.
- Application deadline is June 1 and the award letters will be emailed shortly thereafter. AWSNA-generated loan contracts will be distributed to all awardees in October. The actual funds will arrive from AWSNA to Center for Anthroposophy in March – April of the following year. The amount for awards made to Antioch students will be forwarded to Antioch.
Should any AWSNA loan recipients find themselves no longer meeting the criteria of their loan contract, they are obligated to repay their loan within one year of graduating from their teacher training program or if they withdraw from their teacher training program.
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