Tuition Policy & Scholarships


Tuition Policy

Tuition may be divided into 9 installments due Sept-May or 10 installments due Aug-May. Families paying in full on or before August 1st will receive a 3% tuition reduction if paying by cash/check. Students may not begin classes until they are registered, and tuition is paid. All fees are non-refundable.

Trial Classes

For new students $20.00/1 hour class, $25.00/1.5-2 hr class.

Fees Invoiced Separately

Extended Ballet Tuition Dancers  in Level 3B and up have a longer dance year.  In order to accomodate this, the $150 for Level 3B and $200 for all other levels is divided into the monthly tuition amounts.  Their dance year includes two extra weeks than other FineLine classes.

Nutcracker – Primary C $100, Level 1 and up $150 due on October 15th

Spring DanceFest – fee is determined by number of pieces due on January 15th

Acting/Musical Theatre Winter and Spring Performances – $100 due October 15th

Legit Play – $195 due September 1st

Vocal Accompanist Fee – will be evenly distributed among the students.

Registration Fee

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


We extend a three week grace period in which a parent may withdraw their child from a class and receive a tuition refund (less the reg. fee). Written notification of intent to withdraw is required. After the three week grace period, written notification of withdrawal is required and payment is required through the month in which written notification of withdrawal was received. We will not refund tuition already paid. 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. All other class tuition will remain at the discounted yearly rate.

There is a $20 returned check or declined transaction fee. Families are responsible to update us if a card is expired or changed for security purposes. If we are not informed prior to the payment processed, a $20 declined transaction fee will be assessed. We reserve the right to process a declined transaction plus the transaction fee without advance notification.



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.
  • Ballet level 3 and up have an extended 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
  1. Pay in full by August 1st and receive a 3% tuition reduction for cash or check payments.
  2. Enroll in our automatic debit plan, and we’ll do the rest. Just fill out an authorization form (can be printed from our website) and mail or drop off at the studio on or before your first class. Please note that you must fill out this form every school year, and we are not permitted to run your card every month unless you have filled out this form.
  3. Installment payment by cash or check. You can arrange for monthly auto pay directly from your checking account (if you’re not sure how, ask your bank), or drop off cash or check payments to arrive by the 1st of each month to:

Tuition cost per student can be found on our registration form. Tuition discount increases with number of hours of classes. Students taking only one class must pay half of the year’s tuition on September 1st and half on January 1st.

Tuition Schedule

Hours    $/Hour  $/Installments for 9 Installments

1            20         71..11

1.5        20         106.67

2            19.5      138.67

2.5        19         168.89

3            18.5      197.33

3.5        18.25    227.11

4            18         256

4.5        17.75    284

5            17.5      311.11

5.5        17.25    337.33

6            17         362.67

6.5        16.75    387.11

7            16.5      410.67

7.5        16.25    433.33

8            16         455.11

8.5        15.75    476

9            15.5      496

9.5        15.5      523.56

10         15.25    542.22

10.5      15         560

11         14.5      576.89

11.5      14.5      592.89

12         14         597.33

12.5      14         609.78

13         13.75    635.56

13.5      13.75    660

14         13.5      675

14.5      13.5      696

15         13         693.33

15.5      13         716.44

16         13         739.56

16.5      12.75    748

17         12.75    770.67

17.5      12.75    793.33

18         12.5      800


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 in the spring 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 – May) and any required service hours and program ad sales must be completed by the end of each academic year.

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 if you will be auditioning. The scholarship application at the bottom of the page must also be filled out.

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.

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.