Tuition and Fees

Youth Symphony of Kansas City is committed to providing the highest quality music education experience possible at an affordable tuition rate.  Like other nonprofit youth organizations regionally and beyond, YSKC continues to weather economic conditions related to the pandemic and other global factors.

Recognizing that many within our community also continue to experience hardship, we are determined to ensure affordable tuition for all.  For the 2023-2024 season we are continuing to implement a tiered tuition system, which will allow families to select one of three tuition rates.

For 2023-2024, the YSKC base tuition is $800 per musician (Tier C).  Here is the complete list of tuition tier options:

– Tier A Tuition Fee: $1,610

– Tier B Tuition Fee: $1,210

– Tier C (Base) Tuition Fee: $800

In addition to tuition, a $35 annual registration fee is required at the time of registration.

Regardless of which tier you select, your child will receive the exact same YSKC experience.

During program registration in June, parents/families have the option to pay half or the full amount of the selected tuition tier.  Families also may opt to submit a financial assistance request (see additional information below).


Impact of Tiered Tuition on YSKC’s Annual Budget

Since its founding in 1958, the true, full cost of YSKC programming has been subsidized for ALL participating students thanks to the generosity of individuals, foundations, businesses and other charitable entities.  Please see below how your selected tuition tier helps YSKC deliver its mission throughout the community.

– Tier A equates to approximately 90% of the expense for one participant

– Tier B equates to approximately 68% of the expense for one participant

– Tier C equates to approximately 45% of the expense for one participant

* the above percentages are based upon the projected total number of participants in the program and projected annual budget for 2023-2024



Financial Assistance is available for musicians whose families demonstrate qualified need.  If you are applying for Financial Assistance, please note that any amount awarded will be a percentage relative to the base tuition rate of $800 noted above (Tier C).

Financial Assistance applications will be made available for all online when registration materials are provided in June.  A most recent IRS Income Tax Return (Form 1040) must be submitted/uploaded with the application.  Applications are held in strictest confidence.

A $35 season registration fee is required at the time of registration; financial assistance application status will be communicated to applicants prior to the start of the season.