CTY provides financial assistance for CTY Talent Searchand programs for students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced-Price lunch program. Eligible students pay a reduced join fee of $10 and receive a waiver to cover the cost of testing. We award more than $5 million in financial aid annually. 


Parents of students in grades 2-12 should select the financial aid option when filling out the online Talent Search application.  


Once your child has established eligibility for CTY and selected a course, you can apply for financial aid by following these steps: 


1. Fill out the CTY program application:  

Online Program application| summer On-Campus Programs application 

On page 1 of the application, check the box “I will be applying for financial aid.” 


2. Provide salary and household details where noted on the program application. Upload a copy of your federal tax return and W-2/1099 form with your application where noted, or via MyCTY.  


3. Pay the reduced tuition deposit of $15 (Online Programs) or $50 (summer On-Campus Programs) with your application. This will be refunded if your child is not enrolled in the course. 


4. We will contact you about your financial aid status in about two weeks. 

Please note that we have concluded our financial aid application review process for Academic Year 2023-2024 Online Programs (Courses with start dates July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024). If interested in applying for financial aid, please select an online course in our 2024-25 Academic Year (courses with start dates July 1, 2024 or later).  Funding for our 2024-25 Online Programs is limited, as such early applications are encouraged.

We have also concluded our financial aid application review process for 2024 On-Campus Programs. We encourage those who may need assistance in the future to apply for aid as early as possible.