Financial Aid

Financial aid applications for our Summer Term are now closed.

To be contacted when our applications open again please fill out the form below:

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Applications for our Fall Term open on Monday, June 12, 2023

HB Studio offers two forms of financial aid: Scholarships and Work-Study. One application covers both opportunities. 

Please read terms & conditions below carefully, as updates may have been made for the current term:

Financial Aid Audition Policy

New students to the studio will be required to audition for financial aid, and new playwriting students will be asked to submit a writing sample of their work. You will select an audition appointment within your application. You must notify us at least one day ahead of time if you are unable to make it to your audition as scheduled. No-shows who fail to email in order to reschedule or cancel the audition will not be allowed to apply or receive financial aid the following term.

You are only permitted to submit one financial aid application for one class each term.

Notification of Awards

All applicants will receive notification whether or not you are awarded financial aid. Notifications are generally made within one month of the application deadline.

If you receive financial aid, policy prohibits you from using it on a class you have already paid for. Please wait to receive notification whether or not you have received financial aid before enrolling in the class you are seeking aid for. If you pay for a class before receiving notice of your financial aid award, we are not able to reimburse you.


HB Studio makes limited scholarship funds available for artists of demonstrated talent and commitment who lack the means to study. HB Studio Scholarships are awarded based on need, a statement of goals and intent, and instructors’ recommendations. Applications for Studio class scholarships are accepted prior to each Term with deadlines and applications. New students to the studio will be required to audition.

Scholarships for The Uta Hagen Institute’s Hagen Core Training or Hagen Summer Intensive programs are awarded through a separate process and you should indicate your wish to be considered for scholarship support when applying for those programs.

In addition to general HB Studio scholarships, we are pleased to offer the following select scholarships:

  • Ann Feshbach Scholarship – Supports enrollment in a 10-week class in our Movement department for an artist who has done outstanding work in theater movement
  • Christina Kukucka Scholarship – Supports enrollment in a 10-week Playwriting class for a promising new playwright

Please note that if you are awarded a scholarship, you are required to enroll in the class by the first day of the term. Failure to utilize your scholarship by this date may result in forfeiture. HB scholarships are awarded on consideration of both merit and need, and are given with the expectation that those supported will lead their fellows in discipline, attendance, and preparation, and demonstrate a full commitment to their work in class.


Students at HB Studio are eligible for a Work-Study position if they have studied for one full term or are invited to audition. HB offers two kinds of Work-Study Opportunities: Key Students and Studio Assistants. In exchange for their time helping at the Studio, Key Students and Studio Assistants earn the opportunity to add a free course to their schedule for one term. Key Students and SAs must be enrolled in a second (paid) course during that term. These Work-Study positions are given to students who have proven reliable, punctual, and conscientious in their classwork, and show a true commitment to the Studio’s mission. Key positions are assigned to students upon the recommendation of their teachers, and Studio Assistants are assigned based on applications submitted online. In addition to the required Work-Study hours, all Key Students and SAs are required to perform 4 Community Hours per term and to participate in the annual Spring Clean-Up.

Key Students

Select classes have a Key Student, appointed by recommendation of the instructor, to serve as a monitor and teacher’s assistant. The key is responsible for preparing the classroom; taking attendance; maintaining class contact lists; tracking auditors; assisting with emergency procedures; seeing that the Studio is left in proper order, and such other tasks as the teacher may require. In exchange for the key scholarship, keys are also asked to provide 4 Community Hours per term, as well as participate in the annual Spring Clean-Up. Key Students must be enrolled in a second (paid) course during the term. If you are interested in a Key Student position, please contact your instructor directly to ask if they would like to recommend you as their Key.

Studio Assistants

Studio Assistants (SAs) work 4 hours weekly in either two 2-hour shifts, or one 4-hour shift. The shifts are scheduled based on student work interest and advisor availability.  Facilities Assistant shifts are available 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm during Monday through Saturday, and 9:00am-11:00 am on Sundays. Administrative assistance shifts are available between 8 am and 6 pm weekdays.  SAs can request to split their time between Facilities Assistant and Office Assistant positions if desired.

Facilities Assistant SAs will have regular duties, like sweep and/or mop the studio stairs, help with snow removal from the front of the building and in the courtyard, mopping floors and wiping down restroom counters, sweeping studios, cleaning and storing props in studios, etc.  These tasks can generally be completed in a two-hour shift.  Occasionally help will be needed in the theater, so experience with carpentry or interest in technical aspects of theater are encouraged.  One SA will be assigned to the theater based on experience.

Office Assistant SAs will work with either the Development or Technology Department and will help with tasks like database updates, filing, taking ticket reservations over the phone, organizing the library, mailings, internet research, scanning for archives, etc.  These tasks can be completed in either a two-hour shift or a four-hour shift within the weekday hours of 8 am – 6 pm.

On acceptance to an SA position, the SA will sign an agreement indicating their regularly scheduled shift and their staff supervisor.  The staff supervisor must approve changes in shift time in advance. If an SA misses more than 2 shifts without ample notification they may be asked to leave the SA program and withdraw from their class.  Poor attendance may also prohibit a student from future SA positions.  An SA’s duties and shifts may vary within any given term with the agreement of both the SA and staff supervisor. An SA may receive free enrollment for a maximum of one class per term and must be enrolled in a second (paid) course during that term. A limited number of waivers to the second class requirement will be granted each term, in exchange for an additional 2 hours/week of work. SAs are also asked to provide 4 Community Hours per term, as well as participate in the annual Spring Clean-Up.

Community Hours

Over the course of the term student help will be needed to assist with front of house management for performances and talks, mailings, and other projects. All Key Students and Studio Assistants are required to complete 4 Community Hours a term.  Community Hour opportunities will be sent out via email at various times over the term and hours will be assigned on a first response basis. If at the end of a term you realize you have not completed your Community Hours please be in touch with to make arrangements.  In order to continue into a new term as a work-study student Community Hours must be completed or scheduled. In addition to Community Hours, Work-Study recipients are also expected to participate in the annual Spring Clean-Up.

How to Apply

To be eligible for a Key or Studio Assistant position, a student must be studying at the Studio for at least one term. If awarded a Key or SA position, you must enroll in at least one other (paid) class during the term of your Work-Study. Requests for exceptions due to financial hardship may be addressed to the Student Affairs Committee in writing ( No student will be allowed more than one work-study class registration per term.

Contact the instructor directly if you have an interest in serving as a Key Student for a particular class, or email for more information.

Still have questions about any of the above? Email