Tuition Assistance at Cascade School of Music is an important part of our mission. Businesses, organizations, and individuals have donated funds to make this possible, and we are glad to offer it to you. We expect effort, regular attendance, and good behavior on the part of the student. We also may ask for up to 5 volunteer hours per family per semester. Eligibility is based on family size and income. Tuition assistance awards range from 30% to 50% of the total tuition. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds are limited. If there are other circumstances affecting your ability to pay tuition, please let us know.
To apply for Tuition Assistance, please complete the online application or download the PDF from our website, print the application, and submit it to the school with income verification documents. Eligibility is determined by household size and income. Verification of income needs to be in the form of your most current federal income tax return and/or the names of all household members and the amount and source of income received by each household member in the prior month. We may request additional information to determine eligibility. We must have both the application and proof of income to complete the review process. Tuition Assistance award approval may take up to 48 hours. You will be notified of your award via email.
Youth Classes - First-time requests for Tuition Assistance are granted based on financial need; continued assistance is based on student's effort and attendance. Your teacher's approval is required for continued assistance. Students on Tuition Assistance must be enrolled using our payment plan. Families need to re-apply every year.
Youth Private Study - We also offer private lessons at a reduced rate to families that qualify. Please complete and submit the Tuition Assistance form along with proof of income. Awards are made for one year. Students are required to complete a thank you letter to our Tuition Assistance sponsors annually. Renewed awards require teacher approval.
Tuition Assistance for Adults - Tuition assistance requests for adults are granted when there is sufficient enrollment in the class to ensure its viability. Often we cannot determine viability until just before the class is scheduled to begin. The office will contact you as soon as the minimum enrollment requirement is met. Please register and include the amount you can afford to pay; we'll give you a full refund if your request is not granted.
Emergency Tuition Assistance - If your family has a temporary need, we do have limited emergency funds available. The Board reserves the right to consider extenuating circumstance that have a compounding effect on a family's financial situation on as individual basis, in rare cases. Please contact the Executive Director for information.
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