Stages Bloomington provides music, dance, and theatre arts experiences for young people in grades 1-12. Stages provides youth with an opportunity to learn while building self-esteem and self-confidence. In the spirit of this mission, Stages Bloomington is pleased to offer financial aid in the form of scholarships.

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 for Monroe County.

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 between 20%-50% of tuition, pending the availability of scholarship funds. All families should expect to pay a minimum of 20% of tuition costs. Budget limitations determine the number of scholarships we are able to award each session. Because of these limitations, Stages may not be able to grant financial aid to everyone who qualifies.

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 should be submitted via postal mail.

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.

The Process:

Please email to notify us that you intend to apply for a scholarship for a particular program. Please provide 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.

Scholarship information for specific programs is available on the Stages registration page within the individual program's details. Information includes instructions, deadlines (often as early as four weeks prior to the class registration deadline), the registration form, and the scholarship application itself.

Questions? Email

View a sample scholarship application form.