Tuition Assistance

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Through support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations, COCA offers tuition assistance for qualifying students on a limited basis.

Application Period for 2022–2023 School Year Opens: January 30

This application period is for an award to be used toward Summer Classes and Summer Arts Camps 2022, Fall 2022 Classes, Winter/Spring 2023 Classes, and Spring Break Arts Camps 2023.

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We will notify applicants within 5 business days of application submission of their tuition assistance status. Applicants must reapply each year.

Once the award is issued, you may register with the discount. Registrations that occur before the discount is awarded cannot be refunded.

Assistance is awarded regardless of race, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. It is granted on the basis of financial need, and the amount of aid is determined on a sliding scale. Tuition assistance will not be awarded to an applicant with a past due balance on their account.

Application Requirements

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Return completed and required documentation to the Registration Office, including:

  • A completed and signed application form.
  • 2021 Federal Income Tax Return (2020 will be accepted for Summer Arts Camp and Summer Class applications submitted before April 15) for all members of the household. COCA does not use Social Security numbers; you may conceal this information. If you do not file taxes, a W-2 or paycheck stub can be provided. Please provide copies as these will not be returned. COCA does not have a public copy machine and cannot provide copies.
  • A copy of any State/Federal benefits that members of your household receive, such as housing assistance, social security, SNAP, etc.
  • Documentation of any child support and/or alimony received.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which programs are covered by tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance is awarded for classes/camps in:

  • Summer Classes 2022, Summer Arts Camps 2022
  • Fall Classes 2022
  • Winter/Spring Classes 2023, Spring Break Arts Camps 2023

Each student may use a maximum participation (with assistance) in:

  • For Class: 1 class, per student, per semester
  • For Camp: 1 full week of camp (2 half days, or 1 full day); Before Care & After Care for 1 week are also eligible for the discount

If I apply now, do I have to apply again for future semesters?

You only apply once per year, which covers the following semesters:

  • Summer Classes 2022, Summer Arts Camps 2022
  • Fall Classes 2022
  • Winter/Spring Classes 2023, Spring Break Arts Camps 2023

How do you calculate my award?

Tuition assistance is awarded on a sliding scale, income-based program. We look at the total income coming into the household and divide it by how many people are living in the household. We compare that number to our scale, which is updated annually based on the HUD guidelines.

What if my income doesn’t accurately reflect my current financial situation?

Check the box on “Part 3: Financial Information” on your application. This will prompt a conversation with one of our Registrars, giving you the opportunity to let us know what those factors are. We will take these into consideration when calculating your award percentage.

Who can use the award we receive?

Tuition assistance only may be used by the persons listed on this application. Unused tuition assistance cannot be applied to another person or held over from one semester to the next.

We value participation and want to ensure that enrollment spots are well utilized, thus, consistent attendance is a consideration for award reissue. Accounts must not have an overdue balance to receive an award for the next semester.

What costs can I expect?

Registration fees are exempt from tuition assistance. All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

For a student registering for more than 1 class per semester, or more than 1 week of camp, any additional classes or camps will be charged at the full tuition amount.

Tuition assistance only may be applied toward 1 class per semester and 1 week of camps.

After you receive your discount code, you are responsible for the remaining amount of tuition (which can be put on a payment plan if you wish).

Tuition assistance cannot be used for:

  • Master classes and other special offerings
  • Transportation, clothes, shoes, or supplies needed for the class

What happens after I submit my completed application?

Awards will be emailed within 5 business days after submitting the application with instructions on how to register using your award.

Registration forms should be submitted AFTER you are notified about your tuition assistance award. We cannot apply assistance to previous registrations, or register for the class at the same time we accept the application for assistance.

When do I need to apply again?

Tuition assistance applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. All applicants must submit a new tuition assistance application each year during the application period. The next application period will open January 21, 2023 (this application period will cover 2023 Summer Arts Camps, 2023 Summer Classes, 2023 Fall Classes, 2024 Spring Break Camps, and 2024 Winter/Spring Classes).

Assistance is awarded on a first come, first served basis, as funds allow. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


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