Financial Aid Steps

These steps can help guide you through the financial aid process. If you need any additional help, we’re here for you.

Apply for a Federal Pell Grant

In order to be considered for any federal financial aid, including Pell Grant, The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts requires that all U.S. citizens and permanent residents complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The FAFSA process is easy, just apply for an FSA ID and complete the FAFSA to receive your Pell Grant Award Notification.

Apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Stafford loans are educational loans that need to be repaid. Loans are guaranteed by the federal government and funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Students must file a FAFSA form to participate in federal loan programs.

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Options for the Remaining Balance

Here are some additional options to consider.

Grants + Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are awards that are merit and/or need-based, and which do not need to be repaid. Students who are accepted to The Young Americans can apply for a Young Americans Board of Directors Scholarship. YA Scholarships may be awarded based upon a mix of criteria including financial need, audition presentation, program of study, growth potential, and personal letters of recommendation.

The YA Scholarship application and instructions/requirements and deadlines will be sent to those students who are accepted to The Young Americans.

We also encourage you to explore additional scholarship opportunities in your community and online.

View List of Available Grants + Scholarships

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts Scholarships

Scholarships are awards that are merit and/or need-based, and do not need to be repaid. Awards given to students based upon a mix of criteria including financial need, audition presentation, program of study, growth potential, and personal letters of recommendation

Federal Pell Grant

Federally funded, need-based grant program. Criteria: Financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA.

Other Scholarships

Ask your school guidance counselor about other scholarship opportunities such as organizations, clubs, and/or foundations in your home town. Many provide scholarships to students from their local area.

Search online for other scholarship opportunities using websites such as scholarships.com, fastweb.com, etc.

Federal Parent PLUS Loan

The parent plus loan application is available to parents of students who need additional funds to cover the cost of attendance not covered by Pell Grants and/or Student Loans. Through this government program, a parent or guardian can apply for a non-need-based, low-interest loan. These funds can be applied toward the student’s tuition, supplies, housing and other eligible school expenses.

Parents must file a FAFSA form to participate in federal loan programs.