Making jazz education accessible to all

Stanford Jazz Workshop strives to make jazz accessible through our Youth Scholarship and Financial Aid Fund. In 2016, we distributed over $83,000 in financial aid to help students to attend the Giant Steps Big Band, Giant Steps Day Camp, Jazz Camp, and Jazz Institute, which enabled nearly 70 deserving and talented young jazz musicians to immerse themselves in the study of jazz with some of the leading artists in the world.

We make every effort to assist all applicants who need financial assistance, but we do ask that you read the following policies, restrictions, and guidelines carefully before applying for financial aid.

Tuition: Students ages 11 to 17 participating in the Giant Steps or Miles Ahead year-round programs, Giant Steps Day Camp, Jazz Camp, and Jazz Institute can apply for financial aid toward tuition. We use the age the student will be at the start of their chosen program.

Housing: Financial aid toward housing for Jazz Camp, the 2-Week Jazz Camp Package, Jazz Institute, the 2-Week Advanced Package, and World Rhythm @ SJW is available for students who will be 14 –17 when their SJW program begins.

To be considered for financial aid, students must demonstrate financial need, and submit all application materials prior to the deadline of March 1, 2017.

If you are interested in applying for financial aid in order to attend an SJW program, fill out the Financial Aid section of the online application when you register. A $100 deposit is required, which will be refunded if you are unable to attend due to not receiving enough financial assistance.
Following completion of the registration process, we’ll send you an additional Financial Aid Application that parents must fill out, sign, and return to SJW no later than the deadline of March 1, 2017.

The Financial Aid Application consists of the following:

  • a personal essay written by the participant
  • a letter of recommendation from the participant’s band director or instructor
  • a signed affirmation that any financial information submitted is correct
  • a copy of the first page of the most recent tax return of the participant’s family

We’ll send you detailed instructions in the confirmation email when you complete the registration process.

If you have any questions about financial aid, please call us at 650-736-0324.

If you have any concerns about the affordability of our programs, please don’t hesitate to apply for financial aid. We strive to make SJW’s programs accessible to everyone who would like to attend.