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Tuition Assistance

Did you know that the benefits of the arts are even more pronounced for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, but that they receive less arts instruction than their peers?  For 45 years, CHAW has been working to correct that balance through our robust tuition assistance program: providing opportunities for all students to participate in the arts, including students who have been pushed beyond the traditional boundaries of our neighborhood.  From picking up kids currently living at the DC General Homeless Shelter for afterschool programming and summer camp, to taking mural projects to teens residing there, to working with a variety of area schools to provide essential services in the arts, we are committed to direct action to bridge the gaps in arts access that exist in our city.  We have never turned a student away for inability to pay for an arts class--and we don’t intend to start now.  

CHAW is pleased to offer a tuition assistance program for its adult and youth classes. CHAW's tuition assistance program helps make the arts accessible and is integral to CHAW's mission of building community through the arts.

If you'd like to support the tuition assistance program, head to our donate page:

To apply for assistance, please complete the following steps.
1) Complete separate registration form for each child including all contact information and desired classes.
2) Complete one Tuition Assistance Application per household. (pdf below)
3) Attach most recent pay stub or relevant documentation to Tuition Assistance Application.
4) Submit Registration Form and Tuition Assistance Application together.

Once processed, we will send an award letter with all the details of your assistance.  To reserve space in class, return the letter signed and enjoy your class!  *Remember, the earlier you apply the better to ensure space in classes.*

Class Tuition Assistance Form

Private Music Tuition Assistance Form

Questions? Get in touch with our Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Shahidah Abdul-Lateef ( or by calling 202.795.2428.

If you'd like to support the tuition assistance program, head to our donate page: