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Brundibár / Shu-chuan Chiu

Stages Bloomington provides music, dance and theater arts experiences for children and teens.

We are committed to making these opportunities widely available, and pleased to be able to offer scholarships. 



What you need to know

Scholarships may be granted to those families who demonstrate a strong financial need, and who would be otherwise unable to participate in our classes and/or productions. We base our eligibility criteria on the income guidelines established by the Healthy Indiana Program.

Financial aid is disbursed on a sliding scale. Scholarships are not guaranteed and are based both on the Financial Aid Application Form and the availability of scholarship funds. Eligible families generally receive scholarships covering 20%-50% of tuition, pending the availability of Scholarship Funds. All families should expect to pay a minimum of 20% of tuition costs.


Families applying for financial aid must include a deposit of 20% per student at the time of application. This deposit will be refunded if you are unable to accept the financial aid award because the amount is insufficient.


All scholarship materials must be received before a financial aid determination can be made. Materials must be submitted via US mail two weeks before the start of the fist class session.


Your application will be treated confidentially and will be reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.


We will do our best to notify you of our financial aid decision by the date indicated in your scholarship application/registration packet. Decisions are usually made two weeks before programs begin. Unless prior arrangements are made with Stages Bloomington, the balance of the tuition, if any, must be paid in full prior to the start of class.


Budget limitations determine the amount of scholarships Stages Bloomington is able to award each session, and these need-based scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of these limitations, we in no way represent that financial aid will be granted to everyone who qualifies.



To apply for financial aid


Immediately email to notify us that you intend to apply for a scholarship. Make the subject line: Scholarship Request. Provide the name of the program, your child’s name, grade, and your contact information (name, phone number, and email). This will secure your child a temporary place in the program registration list.  You will receive a return email that will contain all forms relevant to the scholarship application.


Important Reminders

An online application is not possible. Scholarship applications and registrations are submitted by mail only.


Be aware that scholarships should be returned as soon as possible and must be postmarked and mailed no later than 4 weeks before the first class date.


Get a head start on gathering required financial information. View Stages financial aid worksheet.

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