Tuition Assistance for Youth

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 families in our community.

To ensure that our art classes really are for everyone, we offer tuition assistance so that families can afford classes for their children.

How to Apply

Any family member or guardian can apply. There’s an online application below, 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. 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.

After receiving your application, we determine how much assistance we can provide. We accept applications on a rolling basis; expect a reply within 10-14 business days. This means we will need your application at least three weeks prior to the start date of the class to get you enrolled and reserve your seat. We recommend applying even earlier since many of our classes can fill quickly.

The table below indicates the tuition discount you can expect to receive for youth classes if your application is selected, but we reserve the right to modify these discounts as needed.  Once approved, your tuition discount rate can be applied to any class in the session you applied for.

Household Income1 Dependent2 Dependents3-4 Dependents5+ Dependents
$35,000 - $39,000
30%
40%
55%
75%
$30,000 - $34,999
40%
50%
60%
80%
$25,000 - $29,999
50%
55%
65%
85%
$20,000 - $24,000
60%
65%
70%
90%
$15,000 - $19,999
70%
75%
80%
95%
$14,999 or less
80%
85%
95%
95%