Scholarships, Financial Aid & Payment Plans

To ensure ballet training is within reach of all students regardless of their financial circumstances San Francisco provides support for those who show talent, a passion for ballet, and a commitment to their art.

Financial aid programs at SF Ballet School remove the worry of paying for tuition, housing, and meals, so exceptional dancers in our program can focus on their training.

Merit Based Scholarships

Based on their potential to achieve a professional career in ballet, SF Ballet School offers a limited number of scholarships to intermediate and advanced level students. Scholarships are awarded at the time of invitation to the program. Scholarships are awarded for either one school year or for a summer program session.

Financial Aid

Scholarships to SF Ballet School are based on a demonstrated financial need for students enrolled in Levels 1-8. Financial aid is not available for other programs including Pre-Ballet. The amount of financial aid available in a given year is dependent upon contributions by SF Ballet donors and careful consideration is given to all requests for assistance. Families may apply once their student has received their invitation for the school year or summer program. Registration and chaperone fees are not covered by financial aid. Financial aid is awarded for a limited period of time—either one summer session or one regular school year and following summer session. Families must reapply each year to be considered.

Families may apply for financial aid by using the TADS Financial Aid Assessment, a new online tool specifically tailored to evaluate financial need for SF Ballet School. Print the TADS Worksheet to help gather all the necessary information. The Financial Aid Application Deadline for the 2016-17 school year was June 30, 2016. Families are highly encouraged to apply as early as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Payment Plans

In addition to financial support we also offer the option to pay in installment. If you pay in installments there will be a processing fee. The following payment schedule is available for the 2016-17 school year:

Plan 1
First payment and registration fee due July 15, 2016
Final payment due December 1, 2016

Plan 2
First payment and registration fee due July 15, 2016
Second payment due October 1, 2016
Third payment due December 1, 2016
Final payment due February 1, 2016

Trainee Program

SF Ballet School’s formidable program immerses students in an environment that teaches discipline, self-motivation, technical expertise, grace, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts—all characteristics necessary for a professional ballet career but equally valuable to a life outside dance. Although SF Ballet School is most importantly an unrivaled classical ballet academy, it is also a program that encourages growth within and outside of the studio.

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Student Life

SF Ballet School is in the heart of the vibrant arts center and innovative culture that makes up San Francisco. Here, we provide dedicated students the training and support they need to reach their dreams.

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