Financial Aid

The NOCCA Institute oversees a comprehensive Financial Aid Program for students. Although NOCCA is tuition-free, a significant percentage of students come from poverty-level households; without the Institute’s assistance, they’re able to afford the cost of participating in NOCCA’s school year program, NOCCA’s summer session, and in their studies at other programs during the summer months:

  • The Institute’s Summer Study Financial Aid Program allows students to take part in some of the best summer programs in the country, including The Juilliard School, the Art Institute of Chicago, and North Carolina School of the Arts. Expenses for these programs can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per child. For example, it costs upwards of $3,000 for rent, meals, subway fare, and supplies for a dance student in New York for eight weeks, and that figure does not include tuition at Alvin Ailey or airfare. Many families can afford only a portion of these costs. Summer financial aid makes up the difference.
  • The Institute’s Term-Time Financial Aid Program offers assistance to disadvantaged students for the equipment, supplies, and private lessons they need to keep pace with NOCCA’s curriculum. For example, shoes for young dancers cost about $60, and a student may go through six pair in a year. Musicians must take care of their instruments and are typically required to take extracurricular lessons. Without Term-Time aid, such expenses — combined with transportation and other costs of attending NOCCA — would be unmanageable for families on public support or a fixed income.
  • The NOCCA Summer Term Financial Aid Program provides funds to students from across the state meet the expenses of studying at NOCCA during the summer. Just as during the fall and spring, NOCCA doesn’t charge tuition for the summer session; however, there are the costs of room and board to consider, as well as supply fees. Summer Session awards help children from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport, Thibodeaux, and beyond take advantage of this top-notch arts-training program.

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