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BAX is a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality accessible arts education programming to all families regardless of financial means. We provide financial assistance in the form of  tuition subsidies and/or installment plans for our Youth Education Classes (ages 1-18) and our School Breaks & Summer Arts Programs based on an honor system of your self-expressed need. We do not require financial documentation.  

By making an offer of financial assistance, BAX is making a significant commitment to your family, and we expect that your family is likewise making a commitment to BAX and to your child’s full participation. Financial assistance families are periodically asked to volunteer for projects, bake sales, and special events.  

Please read below to learn about the financial aid application process for your relevant program interest. Please feel free to contact info@bax.org or 718.832.0018 with any questions.

Youth Education and Early Childhood Classes

BAX is able to provide tuition subsidies up to 75% and/or installment plans. Applications for 75% subsidy and greater by new families will require an in person welcome meeting with a BAX Financial Aid Representative, which our office will take responsibility to schedule and which will not delay the processing of your application.

To apply, please complete the applicable online application below. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.) Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, on an honor system of your self-expressed need (we do not require financial documentation). By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families. Once submitted, your application acts as a deposit to hold your child’s spot in your requested class(es) while your application is processed. You will be contacted in regard to the status of your application within 10 business days of your submission. 

All families, including those receiving Financial Assistance, will pay a $35 Annual School Year Registration Fee. This fee is per family for all classes registered for in the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • You are a family new to BAX.
  • You are a returning family applying for a different amount of financial assistance than you had for Fall 2019.
  • You are a returning family adding classes for additional children.
  • You participated ONLY in 2019 School Breaks Program (i.e. no school year programming).
  • You are a returning family and any of your contact information (parents/guardians, home address, phone, email) has changed.
  • You are a returning family applying for the same amount of financial assistance as you received in Fall 2019,
  • And you are applying for the same children that are currently enrolled,
  • And if none of your contact information (parents/guardians, home address, phone, email) has changed.
(Note this abbreviated “renewal” form is new as of fall 2019.)

Families wishing to receive financial assistance must submit a new application for financial aid each time they register a student for class. If you are re-registering a student for classes that they currently take for the Winter or Spring, and if none of your financial information has changed, you may complete an application for extension of financial assistance in lieu of a new application. This extension application will be sent directly to you by the Education Department. 

Our capacity to provide full financial assistance (or any amount greater than 75%) is more limited. Such scholarships are available through our Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund. The fund, which was established in 2016 with the goal of doubling our financial assistance support, is named in honor of one of our earliest teaching artists – Dani Nikas – who died in 2001.

Please note that the number of full financial assistance scholarships awarded each year does vary depending on funding

 

School Breaks Arts Programs 2020: Presidents’ Week, Spring Break, & Master Classes

Financial Aid Applications for our School Breaks Arts Programs will be accepted/processed as of January 2, 2020.

Presidents’ Week Arts Program (PWAP): Tuesday, February 18 to Friday, February 21 *no program on Monday, February 17* (Grades K-5th)

Spring Break Arts Program (SBAP): Monday, April 13 to Friday, April 17 (Grades K-5th)

Spring Break Master Classes: Tuesday, April 14 to Thursday, April 16 (Ages 10-14) 

BAX is committed to offering high-quality and accessible arts programs for all. As such, our School Breaks Arts Program tuition is priced at three tiers, which includes sliding scale subsidies of up to 30% so that each family can assess the price that works best for their household. This is based on an honor system of your-expressed-need (we do not require financial documentation). By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families. Click HERE to register online. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis, and half of the tuition must be received to secure a spot.

If you are seeking financial assistance beyond 30% tuition subsidy, you will need to fill out a School Breaks Financial Assistance Application. Please note that these offers beyond 30% subsidy are limited and do not exceed 60%. These requests will be accepted beginning January 2, 2020 and are available on a first come, first serve basis (for PWAP, SBAP and Master Classes). Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email offer within 10 business days and you will have 5 business days to accept an offer. Any offer not accepted within 5 business days will be forfeited and we will move on to sending offers to the next people on our list.

If we’re unable to meet your request, we will put you on a wait-list and will notify you if additional spots and/or budget become available.

To apply, please complete the online application below – these will be available beginning on Thursday, January 2, 2020. (Hardcopies will also available in person at the BAX front desk.)

School Breaks Financial Aid Application (Presidents’ Week/Spring Break Arts Program and Spring Break Master Classes)

Aplicación para ayuda financiera: Programas de Vacaciones Escolares  ( Clases por la semana de los Presidentes / Programa de Artes de la Vacaciones de primavera  y Clases Maestras de Primavera )

Summer Arts Program 2020

BAX is committed to offering high-quality and accessible arts programs for all. As such, our Summer Arts Program tuition is priced at three tiers, which includes sliding scale tuition of up to 25% subsidy so that each family can assess the tuition price that works best for their household. This is based on an honor system of your-expressed-need (we do not require financial documentation). By paying what you are able, you help us better meet the needs of other families. Registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis, and half of the tuition must be received to secure a spot. You can register online for these three public tiers here, beginning on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Financial Assistance beyond the 25% offered at the public tiers: 
If you are seeking financial assistance beyond 25% tuition subsidy, you will need to fill out a Summer Arts Program Financial Assistance Application (link below). Please note tuition subsidy beyond 25% is limited, and we do not offer Financial Assistance for the Summer Arts Program (SAP) exceeding 50%. These requests will be accepted beginning Monday, January 27, 2020. We encourage you to submit your Financial Assistance Application on Monday, January 27, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The first round of Financial Assistance offers will go out the week of February 24, 2020. Thereafter, applications will be responded to within 10 business days. Upon receipt of an offer, you will have five business days to accept the offer. Any offer not accepted within five business days will be forfeited and we will move on to sending offers to the next people on our list.

Please note: All families, including families receiving Financial Assistance, will be required to pay a $20 registration fee upon acceptance of our Financial Aid offer.

To apply, please complete the online application below, which will be available beginning on Monday, January 27, 2020. (Hardcopies are available in person at the BAX front desk.)

  • Summer Arts Program 2020 Financial Assistance Application (25-50% subsidy)
  • Aplicación para Ayuda Financiera: Programa de Artes deVerano 2020 (subsidio de 25-50%)

Extended Day:
During the Summer Arts Program, we offer Optional Extended Day Programming from 3:00-5:45pm for $20 per day. Children can be picked up any time before 5:45pm. Spots are limited and families must enroll at least 24 hours in advance. Families receiving subsidy of 25-50% will be offered Extended Day at a reduced price of $15 per day, provided space is available.

If you have questions regarding Summer Arts Program Financial Assistance, please reach out to our Education Assistant, Aviya Hernstadt (Aviya@bax.org).

Vaccination Requirement:

We require Summer Arts Program participants and staff to be fully immunized in accordance with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations.

Vaccination records, or an updated medical record that includes vaccination history, are due on or before June 15, 2020. If you register on or after June 15, your records will be due prior to your child(ren)’s first day of the program.

You can upload your child(ren)’s forms to your online account, emailed to info@bax.org, mailed, or brought in person to BAX at 421 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Donate to the Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund 

If you would like to make a contribution towards financial assistance, please contact Vanessa Adato, Managing Director, at Vanessa@bax.org or (718) 832-0018 or visit www.bax.org/support

IT ALL STARTS WITH SUPPORTING YOUNG ARTISTS

BAX celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new initiative: The Dani Nikas Opportunity Fund that will double the amount of our scholarships that support young artists to $100,000.

Dani Athena Nikas was a dancer, choreographer, and a treasured BAX faculty member. Before she died in 2001 she spoke passionately about how important dance and young people were to her. Dani provided a truly meaningful learning process for her students that went far beyond dance. Totally in sync with BAX values, she incorporated politics, relationships, history and spirituality throughout her life and work. She was an inspiration to her colleagues, her students and her friends. She would be very proud and honored to know that part of her legacy lives on and would be especially pleased to know that financial hardship would not be an obstacle.

At BAX, and with Dani as our inspiration, we are committed to raising a generation of people who are unafraid to ask tough questions about race, class, gender, identity and justice and create boldly. And we need them to do so with understanding, with complexity, with openness, and with love. That is what drives us all at BAX. So for us — and we hope for you — it all starts with supporting young artists.