The BW Community Arts School is committed to ensuring that programs remain accessible to all members of the community. Two Community Arts School endowments help support tuition assistance for the academic year programs.

Academic Year Tuition Assistance


Available to All Current CAS Families

CAS offers tuition assistance each semester to ensure our classes and private lessons remain accessible to all members of our community. Although tuition assistance awards are determined by financial need, families of all income levels are encouraged to apply.

Spring 2022 applications must be completed and supplemental documents submitted by Monday, December 20, 2021.

If you are awarded tuition assistance, you will receive an email stating the amount of your award based on your application during the week of January 3, 2022. A typical award is no more than 50% of the total cost. This amount can be used towards your spring semester tuition.

Please register your student for the class as soon as possible, even before you know your award status, to ensure your spot in the program. Your participation in the program is not confirmed until you have completed the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact the BW Community Arts School at or by calling 440-826-2365.

CAS Tuition Assistance application
Available to CAS Private Lesson Students in Grades 10 – 12

High school students, grades 10-12, enrolled in private music lessons through CAS are eligible for the Koch Scholarship awards, up to an amount of $300. Consideration for the award is based on the student's musical abilities, dedication to musical pursuits, participation in BW CAS programs, and financial need. Once awarded, the Koch Scholarship will be applied directly to the student’s spring semester lessons. Application Deadline is Monday, December 20, 2021.

Joyce and Frederick Koch were highly esteemed musicians in Cleveland and longtime supporters of the BW Community Arts School; we are honored to continue their support of quality music education through this award.

Summer 2021 Tuition Assistance


Available to Lorain County residents entering grades 4-9

Registration is closed for String and Band Camps.

Through generous support from the Nord Family Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation, limited tuition assistance opportunities are available to Lorain County residents for Band and String Camp 2021. To apply, students should complete the online registration and indicate they are interested in tuition assistance.

A $25 deposit is required to complete the online registration process. If a student is awarded a full scholarship, the $25 deposit will be refunded.

Please note: due to enhanced safety protocols and smaller group sizes, capacity for Band and String Camp 2021 are decreased significantly compared to prior years. Students interested in applying for tuition assistance are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.


Available to Lorain County residents entering grades 4-12.

The Lorain County Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for students entering grades 4-12 to advance their musicianship through focused private lesson study in a virtual format. Participants in the program will study with qualified CAS private lesson faculty members and receive 9, 30-minute lessons beginning in June, 2021. This selective program is designed for young musicians who are highly motivated and dedicated to improving their skills.

To apply, eligible students must submit an application. A music teacher recommendation is also required to be submitted on the student's behalf.  Lorain County Summer Scholars application deadline has passed.

This program is made possible through generous support from the Nord Family Foundation and Nordson Corporation Foundation.

Funding Partners

Through the support of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Nord Family Foundation, and the Nordson Corporation, the BW Community Arts School is able to provide summer arts experiences for students with limited financial means.