Tuition and Payment Plan Information

Debit Card Payments


To help alleviate some of the financial worries that plague all non-profits, we are instituting an automatic debit process beginning with the Fall 2018 semester. When you register for classes and get your card on file for automatic monthly payments, you will receive a 50% discount on the monthly membership fee, so membership will be $5 instead of the usual $10. In addition, credit card fees will be waived for those who set up automatic payments! We hope this new service will benefit everyone by offering these incentives and streamlining the payment process.


We are still working out the details of this process, so bear with us as we get things up and running.

Monthly Membership Fee


To help keep class prices low, The STARS Foundation Board of Directors has instituted a monthly membership fee, which will take effect for the Fall 2017 semester. This fee is necessary for the continued growth of our program. The fee will be $10/month per family. 


STARS Foundation membership covers the following: 

  • performance costumes
  • sheet music
  • building maintenance
  • overhead such as utilities
  • insurance
  • the rights to plays
  • access to quality instruction close to home
  • minimal travel to instructors
  • low class prices
  • ​Wi-fi at both buildings

Schedule Changes


Students who make schedule changes after the first 30 days of the semester will be charged a $5 change fee.


Withdrawing from Classes


The STARS Foundation will continue billing for all registered classes unless and until a Withdrawal Form is submitted to the Treasurer, David Edwards, at davidcedwards@att.com. If you have any questions, please call David at 417-259-2764.


Withdrawal Form

Tuition 2018-2019 School Year


Tuition runs from September 2018 through May 2019. All payments are due at the end of the month. Registration fees are due once per year during the enrollment period. Tuition is due upon receipt of monthly statement, which will be emailed to the address given at registration. If you do not receive a statement or if you have any questions please contact David Edwards at 417-259-2764 or davidcedwards@att.com.

Community service hours can be performed in lieu of half-tuition with more than 20 hours of community service accumulated per month. All service hours must be documented, signed and dated then recorded in the Foundation’s records. Community service hours requirements are listed below with each plan. All service hours must be handled through Cindy Lundberg, who can be reached at 406-781-9754 or lundberg10@hotmail.com. Community service tracking forms are available upon request.


Please note: Students will not be allowed to register for classes until all past-due balances are paid. 


School policy does not allow make-up classes or reimbursement for missed classes/lessons.

Cash Payments


Due to the difficulty in tracking cash payments, STARS will no longer accept cash payments for tuition bills. 

Payment Plans


The STARS Foundation is a non-profit organization. As such, the Foundation is funded by grants and the donations of those in our communities who are moved to support and give to this wonderful program. In order for STARS to continue providing these services, students who do not comply with payment policies will be excused from the program. 


Requirements:
  1. ​Student does not have more than three (3) unexcused absences.
  2. Student has either completed service hours or has paid tuition and rental fees.
  3. Student complies with the building rules, which are listed on the wall.
  4. Student is practicing and using tutoring hours if necessary.
  5. Student attends and participates in two (2) concerts each year – fall and spring.
  6. Failure to attend performances will result in the student being charged for the costume or music fees incurred.


​The Board of Directors will review each student every quarter. If a student does not comply with these requirements, he or she will be given a warning. After a second warning, the student will be excused from the school.


Plan A - Piano

​Piano students will pay $30 per month or 4 hours of community service.


Plan B - Instrumentalists

​Instrumentalists will pay $20 per month for lessons/classes or 4 hours of community service. Three or more family members will pay a maximum of $60 per month.


If a student is renting an instrument from STARS, he or she can pay a minimum of $10 or more per month in addition to class fees or perform an additional two hours of community service. Instruments are only available according to funding and may need to be relinquished at any time.


​Plan C - Ballet, Clogging, Jazz/Hip hop, and Tumbling

​Dance students will pay $30 per month for the first class and $15 for each additional class, or 4 hours of community service for the first class and 2 hours for each additional class. There is a $10 costume cleaning fee charged for each child participating in a performance. 


Plan D - Musical Theatre Productions

​Performers will pay $25 per person or $50 for a family of two or more. There is a $10 costume cleaning fee charged for each child participating in a performance. 


Plan E - Other Classes, such as Languages, Art, and Theatre

​Students will pay $20 per month for classes or 4 hours of community service. Three or more family members will pay a maximum of $60 per month.