Tuition Assistance

Levine Music is dedicated to providing quality music education for all students, opening our doors to anyone who wants to learn music, no matter their ability or financial circumstances. Through the Tuition Assistance Program, we’re able to make music education an accessible option in our community. The program aims to provide financial support and opportunities for those who qualify.

Financial assistance is entirely need-based; award decisions are based on a family’s financial need and Levine’s ability to support a percentage of that need. Levine intends to offer aid to every eligible student who qualifies. However, it is common for the financial need of the community to exceed the organization’s available resources. In such instances, eligible applicants will be placed on a Waitlist.

Levine complies in all its activities, programs, and policies, with all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on any basis protected by law.

Eligibility

Levine’s sliding scale model uses federal standards to determine if you qualify for Tuition Assistance. The scale helps ensure funds are distributed fairly and to students who demonstrate the most financial need.
FY22-TA-Sliding-Scale

How does the sliding scale work?

  1. First, determine your household size. Your household size includes all the adults and children who reside in your home.
    Example: mom, dad, grandma, two children = 5
  2. Next, determine your household income. Your household income includes incomes earned by all adults in the household. Please note that if you are currently married and file separately, you must include total income for you and your spouse.
    Example: For three adults residing in the same household, you will add each individual income: $32,500 + $39,000 + $4,000 = $75,500
  3. Last, find your household size and then follow that line across the grid until you find your total household income; at the bottom of that column, you will find the maximum potential reduction for which you may qualify.
    Example: family of five, with a household income of $75,500 may be eligible for as much as 70% tuition reduction. 

Tuition Application Process

Levine Music’s tuition assistance application is open year-round. Applicants are invited to apply at any time!

A priority application window for current Levine students & program recipients will be made available, May 24th–June 14th.

If you miss the priority application window, there’s no need to panic! Levine’s Tuition Assistance application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available to the general public beginning on June 15th. We encourage all students who feel they may qualify for assistance to apply! Current program recipients must reapply each year to be considered.

STEP 1: SUBMIT A COMPLETE TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATION

Please be prepared to submit the appropriate supporting documents with your application:

  • All pages of your current Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040, 1040-A, or 1040-EZ). Page 1 must be signed, and include e-filing pin or tax preparer signature
    • If you have not yet filed your current Federal Income Tax Return, please provide your most recent Federal Income Tax Return & a copy of your most recent W-2 or 1099 forms.
  • Current SNAP benefits (must show start & end date of benefits)
  • Public Assistance payments, welfare benefits (ex. TANF), Social Security Income, SSI disability, pensions, retirement, veterans’ benefits, including SSI for children under 18 – if applicable (must show amount received from January through December)

STEP 2: DECISION NOTIFICATION

All applicants will receive notice of their application status within 3 weeks of their application submission date.

STEP 3: ENROLLMENT

All recipients will be expected to complete their enrollment in a timely manner to secure their tuition assistance support. If a student fails to enroll by the designated deadline, support may be forfeited. Unclaimed funds will be reallocated towards applicants on the waitlist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of classes are aid-eligible?
Students may request tuition assistance support for one course offering per semesster, including private instrument instruction or yearlong group classes. 

  • For private instruction, grants are based on 30, 45, or 60 min lessons only. Although students may elect to enroll in longer lessons lengths, the program cannot support 75, 90, or 120 min lessons.
  • During the Summer semester, Levine may provide tuition assistance support for a maximum of 9 private lessons.
  • All recipients are expected to enroll for the full academic year, unless otherwise approved by Levine. A student who withdraws prior to the completion of the school term will not receive credit on their award for subsequent enrollment. Awards are non-transferrable and must be used during the term for which they are awarded.

Do I need to request a recommendation from my teacher?
Yes – All students must have a favorable recommendation on file from their current teacher or department chair (for new students). If a recommendation is not submitted, the Tuition Assistance Manager will make a request on the student’s behalf.

I am a faculty member or department chair who would like to submit a recommendation on behalf of a student. How do I do that?
Please use the 
TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM to submit a recommendation for your student.

What is the family’s responsibility?
All recipients and their families have certain responsibilities that are a necessary part of study at Levine and the Tuition Assistance program. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements may result in the loss of your grant and removal from the program. Additionally, tuition assistance will not be renewed for the following year. In order to remain in the program, we expect all students to fulfill the following requirements set by Levine:

  • Attend all lessons/classes and to work diligently toward making reasonable progress in their musical studies.
  • Avoid frequent absences and provide appropriate notice to faculty whenever possible.
  • Meet all financial obligations to Levine.
  • Respectful and responsive communication is expected of both parents and students in all interactions with faculty and staff.

How does Levine determine awards?
Each application we receive is evaluated individually using Levine’s Sliding Scale (above). All the information you submit is reviewed by Levine, which makes the final determination at its sole discretion. Awards are also subject to Levine’s financial circumstances and the availability of funding.

How much assistance is typically awarded?
All families pay some portion of tuition and fees. Awards are need-based, and amounts vary based on the type of class or lesson a student is enrolled in.

How does Levine prioritize who receives Tuition Assistance?
Tuition assistance is allocated according to the following priorities:

  • Re-enrolling students who were previous Tuition Assistance recipients, who continue to qualify.
  • Re-enrolling students who previously paid full tuition, but due to a change in their family financial situation, now qualify for Tuition Assistance.
  • New students who qualify for Tuition Assistance.

Is tuition assistance available for expenses beyond tuition?
Tuition assistance may only be applied towards tuition costs and does not cover any additional school fees (processing fee, payment plan fee… etc.) Students may request information or recommendations regarding instrument rentals or purchase from Campus Staff or the appropriate Faculty Chair.

How are awards announced?
All applicants will receive notice of their award status via email. Please be sure to provide a valid email address on your application.

Is the Tuition Assistance application process confidential?
Information provided by families through the Tuition Assistance application process is kept strictly confidential. The names of students who receive assistance are shared only as necessary for administrative reasons. Families are expected to keep award amounts confidential and are not to discuss or provide award information to/with other families.

Is there a Tuition Assistance Waitlist?
All eligible applicants whom are unable to receive assistance due to lack of available funding will be placed on a Waitlist. Should funding become available, the next eligible applicant on the waitlist will be notified by the Tuition Assistance Manager.

Can students apply for Tuition Assistance if they’ve already applied for the Honors & Rising Stars Program?
Yes. However, students must submit a separate application for Tuition Assistance.

Need More Information?

If you have specific questions about an application you’ve submitted, please contact the Tuition Assistance Team directly at tuitionassistanceteam@levinemusic.org.

If you have general questions about the Tuition Assistance Program, we encourage you to speak with your teacher or reach out to your Campus Director:

DC Campus: NW:   LevineNWDC@levinemusic.org
DC Campus: THEARC:   LevineSEDC@levinemusic.org
MD Campus: Silver Spring:   LevineSilverSpring@levinemusic.org
MD Campus: Strathmore:   LevineMaryland@levinemusic.org
VA Campus: Arlington:   LevineVirginia@levinemusic.org