SOCIAL FINANCING FOR ANTHROPOSOPHICAL INITIATIVES
Vidar Tuition Loan Program
There is a demonstrated need for more Waldorf teachers and Waldorf early childhood educators across Canada.
However, some prospective students are unable to afford the tuition for the relevant training courses available through the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto (RSCT) and the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy (WCI).
While these organizations have access to some bursary funding through the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and some other tuition support, it is not sufficient to enable all eligible student to enroll.
The Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto (RSCT) and the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy (WCI) have partnered with the Vidar Foundation who established the Vidar Tuition Loan Program for Waldorf Teacher Education and Waldorf Early Childhood Education Students in Canada (VTLP).
In conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto (RSCT) and the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy (WCI) this one-year pilot project (2020-21) offers no-interest loans to students to cover tuition and other expenses associated with becoming a Waldorf teacher or Waldorf early childhood educator through RSCT and WCI. Loans will be secured through community co-signers and will be repayable over a five year period following graduation. Providing interest-free loans should make these Waldorf vocational courses more accessible leading to higher enrolments at RSCT and WCI, and an increased number of course graduates available for hire by Waldorf schools and childcare centres.