Friday, March 21, 2008

Ask for Camp Scholarships! Money is Out There

While researching two education stories for the Miami Herald, I've discovered that money is out there for kids. Many camps --Spring Break mini camps, after-school camps and Summer Camps-- offer a wide variety of program discounts. But in some cases, there's a big catch: You have to ask.

I've had directors at expensive, private day camps, inform me that registration fees and tuition costs can be waived for families that need help. But that information is sometimes whispered or delivered in very hushed tones. (A private camp may not want to be swamped with scholarship requests or may lack the staff to review inquiries.) But there are full scholarships, partial fees, sibling discounts, early-registration fee cuts and other discounts. There are also resident, neighborhood or membership-only tuition breaks.

Some camps award financial packages based on standardized forms and "needs test." Other camps only ask for letters requesting scholarships or discounts. "There's no child left behind,"said one camp director. But he acknowledged that although fee-discounts are available, the burden is on each family to request assistance.



1 comment:

Mrs. Micah said...

It's crazy how this information isn't widely known. I don't think I've ever heard a parent talk about camp scholarships. Or seen a magazine/newspaper article...

Way to get the news out there!