Tuition Assistance Guidelines
The more places you apply for Tuition Assistance, the more money you can get. Even small amounts add up to a lot of help if you apply several places.
Scholarship deadlines are critical. Late applications may be denied or may note be granted if funds have already been distributed.
We provide a top-quality product, and we expect parents to pay as much tuition as they can afford without going into debt.
By request, we can reduce your monthly tuition payments to $100 per child through April. However, we encourage you to pay more, so you’re not stuck with a sizable remaining sum due May 15.
If you’re offered more money in Tuition Assistance than you owe, we will refund you the value of the unused assistance. The Tuition Assistance process is blind to what you have paid.
The most important piece of any Tuition Assistance application is the narrative that you write. There is often more to the request for scholarship than the numbers show. Committees of people make tuition grant decisions and the explanation of your needs and why camp is important to you and your child influences decisions.
What do I do first?
Step 1: Register your child for camp. We can’t consider your application for a scholarship until we have ensured that there is actually space for your child in the desired section and session. On the application, be sure to check “Yes” if you’re planning on applying for scholarships— that way, we’ll know to contact you with a Scholarship Application as soon as you’re registered.
Step 2: Determine what your family can afford to pay for camp. Typical scholarship applications ask that you indicate a certain dollar amount that you can contribute. Calculate a figure you consider manageable and how much assistance you will need.
Step 3: Gather your tax forms and financial information. Most organization require tax information for their scholarship forms, so finish your taxes early.
Step 4: There are many organizations with funds to give, but none of them can do it alone. Apply to as may as you can, as early as you can. Many scholarships are first come, first served and have limited funds.
Step 5: Download our CYJ Tuition Assistance Resources Guide. We have one version for US campers and one for Mexican/South American campers. It contains all of the information you need to get started, including a worksheet to help you calculate what you can pay versus what aid you need, and a listing by city of aid resources that includes contact names, websites for applications, deadlines, and average aid amounts from 2016.