CSPA Scholarship Policies

One of CSPA’s driving missions is to provide access to the highest quality education available. Our CSPA scholarships help make this possible for many families. 

To apply for a scholarship please contact Manhattan Arts Center at 785-537-4420, M-F 12-5:30


CSPA Scholarship Policies

effective Jul 1, 2019
  • Scholarships are offered at these percentages: 60% of tuition for Free Lunch, 35% of tuition for Reduced Lunch, as long as funds are available.
  • Deadline for the maximum scholarship in your qualifying category is Friday, Sep 6 for Fall registration; and, Friday, January 10 for Spring registration. After these dates we cannot guarantee maximum scholarships.
  • The award is for a percentage discount off tuition.
  • The student’s family is responsible for paying the balance of the tuition at the time of enrollment (families also have the option of making a partial payment of $100 at enrollment with the balance paid after the first month of lessons/class).
  • The award is for the full academic year (i.e. fall and spring semesters).
  • No scholarships are given with less than 4 weeks remaining in the semester.
  • Acceptance of a scholarship creates an obligation on the part of the student and the parent. Lessons/classes must be attended regularly and an appropriate amount of effort should be evident.
  • We reserve the right to withdraw the award if the student has an unexcused absence for 2 consecutive lessons/classes or 20% of lessons/classes.
  • Only 30-minute and 45-minute lessons are eligible for scholarships. Students may enroll in 60-minute lessons but must pay the difference in tuition from a 45-minute lesson.
  • Full award amount is offered on the student’s first enrollment each semester. Additional enrollments will be awarded at a maximum of 25% scholarship. (For example: Your enrollment for private violin lessons would be at 60% scholarship and your enrollment for piano lessons would be at 25% scholarship.)
  • Eligible CSPA sessions include: private lessons, classes, workshops, and camps
  • We cannot guarantee awards for programs in summer; this will depend on the availability of funds.
  • Awards are not automatically renewed from one year to the next.   
  • Recipients of scholarships must inform the office of any changes which might affect eligibility or continuation of financial assistance.
  • Please speak with the Manhattan Arts Center staff about concerns or questions.

CSPA Coaching

  • Each session is 45 min
  • Tuition per session is $42 regardless of instructor
  • Must enroll for a minimum of 3 sessions
  • Students cannot enroll for more than 6 sessions
  • Must be paid in full at time of registration
  • Maximum scholarship is 25% of tuition – regardless of need level