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. If you do not have a tax return, we can also accept benefit statements, unemployment benefit letters and proof of employment as proof of income. Once we have 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 will be limited to receive assistance to one class per session. Please send applications for the Fall 2020 session by September 14, 2020, to be reviewed.

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 education and programs.

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