Although NOCCA is tuition-free, a significant percentage of students come from households with incomes at or below the poverty line or from families managing unexpected hardships. The NOCCA Institute’s Student Success Program helps those young artists cover the cost of participating in NOCCA’s school-year program and enroll in other challenging training programs during the summer months:
The Institute’s Term-Time Program offers assistance to students for the equipment, supplies, and private lessons they need to keep pace with NOCCA’s curriculum. For example, shoes for young dancers cost about $60, and a student may go through six pair in a year. Musicians must take care of their instruments and are typically required to take extracurricular lessons. Without Term-Time support, such expenses — combined with transportation and other costs of attending NOCCA — would be unmanageable for families on public support or a fixed income.
The Institute’s Summer Study Program allows students to take part in some of the best summer programs in the country, including The Juilliard School, the Art Institute of Chicago, and North Carolina School of the Arts. Expenses for these programs can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per child. For example, it costs more than $3,000 for rent, meals, subway fare, and supplies for a dance student in New York for eight weeks, and that figure does not include tuition at Alvin Ailey or airfare. Many families can afford only a portion of these costs. The Student Success Program makes up the difference.