Tuition Policy & Scholarships

Tuition

Tuition Policy

Tuition is due on the 1st of each month.

Tuition can be paid in full by cash, check, credit card or bank account routing. Families paying in full on or before August 15th will receive a 3% tuition reduction if paying by cash, check or bank routing.

Students may not begin classes until they are registered and tuition is paid.

All fees are non refundable.

We offer a courtesy payment plan option. Instructions for enrolling are in Ways to Pay!

Trial Classes & Drop In Classes

Trial classes are for new students only! Prospective students may take ONE trial class before registration is required.

Drop-in class level will be determined by teacher.

Trial Class and Adult Drop-In Fees

$20.00/1 hour class, $25.00/1.5 hour class, $30/2 hour class.

Fees Invoiced Separately

Acting/Musical Theatre (Spotlight, Little Stars, Acting 2, Centerstage 1) Winter Virtual Showing- $75 due November 1st

December Acting/Musical Theatre (Centerstage 2, Acting 3) Classes & Nutcracker Video Recording– $175 due November 1st

Acting/Musical Theatre Spring Performance– In house/Virtual: $75, Theatre: $125 due April 1st

Legit Play – $225 due January 1st

Vocal Accompanist Fee for Vocal Performance – will be evenly distributed among the students, due November 15th & March 15th

December Ballet Classes & Nutcracker Video Recording
Pro Division/4b: $400
Level 4a: $200
Level 3b/3a: $200
Level 2: $200
Due November 1st

Spring DanceFest – fee is determined by number of pieces due on April 1st

Production fees:
1 piece $100
2 pieces $150
3 pieces $200
4 pieces $250
5 pieces $300
6 and up $350

Payments received after due date will incur a $20 late fee.

Registration Fee

There is a $55 registration fee for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling before September 1st.

After September 1st, the Registration Fee will be $75 and $35.

A student is not registered in a class until payment is received.

A spot in a class is not guaranteed until payment is received.

**PLEASE NOTE, YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY REGISTERED FOR ALL THREE TRIMESTERS UNLESS YOU NOTIFY US VIA EMAIL**

Withdrawal

We extend a three week grace period in which a parent may withdraw their child from a class and receive a tuition refund for the remainder of the month (this refund does not include the fees for registration or classes taken). Written notification of intent to withdraw is required. 

If a family decides to withdraw after the three week grace period, written notification of withdrawal is required as well as payment through the end of that month. We will not refund tuition already paid unless you have paid your tuition in full.  In such cases, months remaining after withdrawal will be refunded.  

If a student returns to the class later in the year, the tuition rate for that class will be the drop-in class rate or $20/hour, whichever is higher. 

Refunds

Are not given for absences. Tuition and all fees are not refundable. Refunds are not given for student absences or snow days. Tuition will be pro-rated if a student will be out for more than two weeks due to injury or illness, with a doctor’s note. Otherwise, we encourage students to make up any classes they may miss in a comparable class.

If a class is cancelled due to teacher illness, we will offer a make up class at some point during the school year.

Late Payment Policy & Fees

If payment is beyond 30 days in arrears, the student WILL NOT be allowed in class until payment is received.

Any past due invoices will be charged a late fee of $20 for each month past due or 18% annual compounded interest, whichever is greater. We do not want to charge late fees, nor do we want to keep students from attending classes, so please get your payments in by the due date or enroll in our automatic debit plan. It is our policy to apply payments to the oldest outstanding invoice.

Important Information
  • Unless indicated, enrollment is for the academic year.
  • Scheduled classes are subject to change based on enrollment.
  • Injury report forms must be filled out for all injuries reported during class.
Ways to Pay

Pay first semester in full by August 15th and receive a 3% discount if paying by cash, check or bank routing.  This offer is not valid for second or third semesters.

Payment Plan Option:
Available to families that register before September 20th

With our new trimesters you will have the option each trimester to be in our payment plan.

The first trimester is 10 weeks long and payments are divided into 3 payments: September, October and November. *If you register by August 15th you will have the option to add a payment for August.

The second trimester is 12 weeks long and payments are divided into 3 payments: January, February and March. *If you would like an additional month to pay you can opt to start your payments in December.

The third trimester is 10 weeks long and payments are divided into 3 payments: April, May and June.

You may pay by cash, check, bank routing or by credit card through the online invoice.

Registrations after September 20th will only have the option of pay in full or two payments (October and November) for the first semester.

Nutcracker and December classes for Ballet/Acting Program only will be invoiced separately and will only have the option to pay in full.

If you enroll in our Payment Plan Option you must sign an agreement and authorize a credit card for our file. If you are late in a payment your card will be charged. If you are late on two payments you will automatically be enrolled in our Automatic Debit Program.

Payment Plan Option with Automatic Debit: Same rules as the Payment Plan Option, however we do all the work for you! All extra fees will also be automatically charged on the due date. Just fill out an authorization form and we will charge your card monthly. Please note that a new form must be filled out every enrollment year.

There is a $20 returned check or declined payment fee and a $20 late fee for each payment that is not received by the 1st of the month.  If your credit card is declined because expiration date or new card you will be charged a $20 fee.

Mail or drop off payment to arrive by the first of the month to:

FineLine Theatre Arts

77 Railroad Street

New Milford, CT 06776

Tuition Grid: 2020-2021
Tiers Hours Rate Per Hour
Tier One .5-3.75hrs $20/hr
Tier Two 4-7.75hrs $18/hr
Tier Three 8-11.75hrs $16/hr
Tier Four 12+hrs $14/hr
Professional Division Unlimited Class Pricing

Professional Division Unlimited Class Pricing
Ages 14+ 

First Trimester: $1875
Second Trimester: $2250
Third Trimester: $1875

December Classes & Nutcracker Pricing

Dance Department 
Pro Division/4b: $400
Level 4a: $200
Level 3b/3a: $200
Level 2: $200

Acting Department
Centerstage 2: $175
Acting 3: $175

Breakdown of Costs:
1) Pro Div/4b have an additional 10 hours per week of class and rehearsals for 3 weeks ($400)
2) 4a, 3b, 3a and 2 have an additional 4 hours of class and rehearsal for 2 weeks ($200)
3) Acting 3 and Center Stage 2 have an additional 2 hours of class and rehearsal for 3 weeks ($175)

Due November 1st

Scholarships

Scholarships and Financial Aid

FineLine Theatre Arts wants to share the joy of the performing arts with students from our entire region. Scholarship applications are due on August 10th for the following academic year. Applications (see below) received after the deadline will be considered last or not at all as funding may have already been allocated for the year. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Awards are only applicable to the school year for which they are intended (September – June) and any required service hours and program ad sales must be completed by the end of each academic year.

Please note, that all scholarship and financial aid students are required to sell ads for our show programs and participate in work study. The balance of any ads not sold are the responsibility of the scholarship student’s family. Scholarships do not include performance fees. 

The Arlene Papish Begelman Merit Scholarship Award

This award is available to level 4 and higher students who demonstrate exceptional deportment, focus and aptitude in classes. A limited number of these partial scholarship awards are available to those who meet specific qualifications.

To qualify, the student must have been enrolled for the entire previous year or attended a summer dance intensive program. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of three ballet classes per week. The student is expected to participate in various School activities, functions and performances throughout the year. Merit award students are considered the outstanding representatives and ambassadors of the FineLine Theatre Arts School.

The Scott Wise Dramatic Arts Merit Scholarship

A limited number of these partial merit scholarships are available. To qualify, the student must have been enrolled for the previous academic year. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in a minimum of two drama classes and at least one movement class per week. The student is expected to participate in various school activities, functions and performances throughout the year. Merit award students are considered the outstanding representatives and ambassadors of FineLine Theatre Arts.

Please fill out form below to apply for our scholarships. The scholarship application must be submitted by August 10, 2020

Scholarship families are required to sell ads for our Spring Dancefest program. Please fill out the form below for all 2020/21 Ad Sales.

MVP SOS is a New Milford organization that is dedicated to helping those that do not have the wherewithal to participate in after-school activities, sports or classes. Their mission is to provide funding to New Milford children who have financial need.

We require that any student seeking a scholarship at FineLine who is a New Milford resident first apply for a scholarship through MVP SOS.