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Dear Students and Families,

For those interested, Exceptional Minds has a tuition assistance program for our students. We have a specified amount of funding for Tuition Assistance every year – and awards are based on financial need. Please see the below information for everything you need to know about our TA program and how to apply.

Exceptional Minds uses a third-party tuition assistance company to ensure accuracy, confidentiality and objectivity. This company’s name is ism/FAST and the application is available online here:

Information you will need for your application:

  1. 2021 (or if you have not yet filed, your 2020) Tax Returns
  2. Any W-2s or 1099s for 2021 (if you are using your 2020 returns)
  3. Complete family income: including social security, disability benefits, both parents' income even if separated or divorced, extended family support, trusts and/or investment income, awards from the Regional Center, etc.
  1. The family income requirement above is waived if ALL the below apply:
  1. Over the age of 18 and,
  2. Entirely self-supporting financially, including living independently and,
  3. Not claimed on the family's taxes as a dependent and,
  4. Receives no financial support from the family or any other source including free or subsidized housing (unless government subsidy) and,
  5. Files their own taxes and can document means of income (including Disability Benefits) and their personal expenses.
  1. A personal statement/letter including the following questions:
  1. What is your favorite type of art?
  2. When did you start being interested in art - computer or otherwise?
  3. What area of digital arts interests you most? Why?
  4. Have you had any previous training?
  5. How would receiving tuition assistance impact you?
  6. What do you hope to achieve in your classes at Exceptional Minds?
  7. What type of career are you thinking about?

Tips for a successful application:

What else you need to know:

Full-Time Program:

We do not grant full awards – all awards will be a percentage of the total program fees.

Primary Dates/Deadlines for New & Returning FT Students:

New students seeking tuition assistance for the Full-Time Program should receive an admission acceptance letter before applying for tuition assistance through FAST.

Secondary Dates/Deadlines for New FT Students ONLY:

A second round of applications for tuition assistance is available for those students who received late admission.

Part-Time Programs: 

We do not offer Tuition Assistance for Private or Semi-Private Lessons.

Small Group Sessions (Winter/Spring 2022):

Students may apply for tuition assistance prior to enrollment.         

Summer Program 2022:

Students seeking tuition assistance should apply after they have enrolled.

Small Group Sessions (Fall 2022):

Students may apply for tuition assistance prior to enrollment.


Students seeking Tuition Assistance for LAUNCH may apply in either BUT NOT BOTH of the application windows.

Spring Application Window:

Summer Application Window:

Please do not hesitate to contact with any questions.