Tuition Assistance for Adults

At VisArts, it’s part of our mission to ensure people of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels can explore the visual arts and live creative lives. While we do our best to keep our classes affordable and priced competitively, we understand that they are still out of reach for some adults in our community.

To ensure that our art classes really are for everyone, we created the Tuition Assistance Fund. Adults apply to take a class, and we scale the cost of the class based on their income level.

Anyone over 18 years old can apply. There’s an online application form, as well as a paper application you can pick up at our front desk. As part of your application, we ask you to provide a copy of your most recent 1040 tax return as proof of income. We also ask about your household size. Once we’ve got that information, we determine how much assistance we can provide.

We try to meet the needs of all successful applicants. The table below indicates the tuition discount you can expect to receive if your application is selected, but we reserve the right to modify these discounts as needed.

Household Income0 Dependents1 Dependent2-4 Dependents5+ Dependents
$35,000 - $39,000
25%
35%
50%
70%
$30,000 - $34,999
35%
45%
55%
75%
$25,000 - $29,999
45%
55%
60%
80%
$20,000 - $24,000
60%
65%
70%
85%
$15,000 - $19,999
70%
75%
80%
90%
$15,000 or less
80%
85%
90%
95%

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but we review them four times per year. If you do not submit your application by the deadline, we’ll hold it until our next review.

SessionApplications DueFinal Decisions By
Fall 2016
August 19, 2016
September 6, 2016
Winter 2017
November 23, 2016
December 16, 2016
Spring 2017
February 24, 2017
March 13, 2017
Summer 2017
May 19, 2017
June 5, 2017

We try to match all successful applicants with their first choice class, but in some cases we may only be able to provide tuition assistance for an alternate class.

Questions about the program should be directed to our director of adult education, Jordan Brown.

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