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OUR STUDENTS

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts’ student body is very diverse. Our students come from over 35 different states within the USA as well as international students joining us from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. Each student brings to the program a unique life story and skill set which when combined gives all students access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that supports The Young Americans’ desire for strong peer-to-peer learning and a vibrant community where students learn to embrace their collective diversity.

OUR CAMPUS

The Young Americans main campus is located in Corona, CA. The current location houses administrative offices, large rehearsal halls, multiple classrooms, computer & keyboard lab, student lounge, music library, private practice rooms, and set and wardrobe storage. Located close to local restaurants and stores and next door to the apartment complex utilized for student housing, this arrangement allows the organization be self-contained and provides a safe and convenient learning environment. Development plans are in the works for a large, permanent campus. To attend an upcoming Campus Tour, click here. Campus Tours may also be scheduled by calling our administrative offices at (951) 493-6753.

OUR COMMUNITY

The city of Corona is located east of Orange County. A small city in a large metropolis, with many smaller towns and cities blending into one another, Corona offers a small town feeling with easy access to the big city. Conveniently located from the ocean and surrounded by mountains, within 1 ½ hours you can go from skiing in the mountains to riding the waves at the beach. There is a lot to see and do, including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Palm Springs, San Diego, Malibu, the ocean, lots of beaches, and all of the great shows playing every week in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Click to check out Corona’s Crime Rate Statistics

OUR FACULTY

The faculty body is comprised of highly recognized scholars, as well as gifted and talented artists who are dedicated to enriching the lives of young people and connecting the learning process to creative activity. Each faculty member possesses specialized knowledge and personal experience in the fields of entertainment and/or education that is vital to providing a real perspective into those careers.

OUR ALUMNI

The Young Americans has an alumni body of over 3,000 members residing all over the U.S. and world. Many alumni have gone on to be highly successful in both the entertainment and education industries. The family-like atmosphere nurtured within our organization has allowed us to develop a unique setting in which our alumni members visit on a regular basis to meet with current students and offer workshops and lectures that are based on the alumni’s personal experiences.

OPERATIONAL STATUS

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts is currently operating as a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (www.bppe.ca.gov). We are seeking accreditation through an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to the Academic Catalog regarding non-accredited degree limitations.

ADMISSIONS

Once accepted into The Young Americans, the student must be able to demonstrate evidence of having completed high school with a GPA of 2.0 or equivalent. International students must also be able to demonstrate English proficiency. Some courses may require placement testing prior to enrollment.

AUDITION LOCATIONS

For up to date information on audition locations and procedures for The Young Americans please click here.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The intensive and practical nature of The Young Americans course of study requires student attendance and participation in every class session. Attendance is recorded and excessive absences may result in grade reductions, academic probation or dismissal from the program. Excused absences due to emergencies are permitted.

STUDENT HEALTH

Given the physical demands of The Young Americans, all students are required to submit a report from a licensed physician attesting to their physical ability to withstand prolonged and rigorous physical activity. All students must also provide proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment.

GRADING SYSTEM

The Young Americans’ grading policy reflects an emphasis upon understanding and application of concepts rather than memorization. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to remain in good standing.

STUDENT RESOURCES

Rehearsal Space – all classrooms, studios and labs are open to students to use during business hours.

Computer & Keyboard Lab – an on-site computer and keyboard lab is open to students for research, communication, and independent practice.

Library – Students have access to local public libraries in addition to online research resources offered on-site. The Young Americans also maintain an extensive library of sheet music, scripts, scores, and performance DVD’s that are accessible to the students.

Private Practice Rooms – 4 rooms, each with a keyboard, are available to students to use during business hours.

Guidance & Support – The Student Services Director is available to provide guidance and support on-site to support the student’s individual needs including dealing with learning disabilities, tutoring assistance, counseling, support, conflict resolution, and other issues that may arise with the pressures of the program and career preparation.

Resident Advisors – Live on-site in student housing and are available anytime to assist with adjusting to apartment living and to provide freshman students with support during their transition to The Young Americans.

Health Services – The Young Americans do not have on-site health services nor do we recommend a specific medical or health care provider . However, the student can obtain a list of providers in the local area from the Student Services office.

PARENTS & FAMILIES

We are here to assist you with the transition of your student from year to year by serving as a resource as you navigate the many offices, services, and resources of the College. We understand your desire to be there to assist and provide for your student, and understand how crucial a role you play in the life of your student. Our goal is to assist you in helping your student navigate the resources available that will help them develop as a young adult and make the daily decisions that are a part of their new life. We encourage parents to attend one of our scheduled campus tours and/or our Parent Orientation.

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ENROLLMENT CLASSIFICATIONS
In order to create an intensive and creative learning environment that is both of high quality and adaptable to student needs a student can enroll in The Young Americans College program in any of the following manners:
A. 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track
This option is for those students wishing to receive a tuition discount available by paying their tuition on an annual or semester basis and committing to completing the Associate of Arts Degree in Performance in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in touring company in the sophomore year.
B. 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit
This option is for those students wishing to participate in the North Central Michigan College affiliation and receive a tuition discount available by paying their YA tuition on an annual or semester basis and their NCMC tuition on a semester basis; committing to completing the Associate of Arts Degree in Performance in a two-year time frame, pending invitation to participate in touring company in the sophomore year, and working towards earning the Associate Degree in General Studies from NCMC.
C. Music Outreach Training Program Track
This option is for new members of The Young Americans who wish to be eligible for participation in Music Outreach Tours, but do NOT wish to earn the AA from YA or the AGS through NCMC. All options allow the student to complete the Music Outreach Training program as required to be eligible for participation in YA Music Outreach Tours at the end of their freshman year.
STUDENT HOUSING

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts has made special arrangements with an apartment complex located directly adjacent to our rehearsal facility. These apartment facilities are gated and provide a clean, comfortable living environment. Each apartment will have two bedrooms with closets, one or two full bathrooms and will come furnished with one refrigerator, one twin bed (regular) per student, dishwasher, stove, in-unit washer and dryer, Internet/WiFi connection, and access to a pool, hot tub and fitness center.

The initial rental contract with The Young Americans will be for the freshman year. The lease term will commence late August and end May 31. Students are required to have a cosigner regardless of age.

If the student needs to break this lease for any reason, they will be responsible for finding another eligible Young American to take their place, who will then sign a separate replacement lease with The Young Americans.

Please note that Academic Calendar and Production Calendar dates will vary from each other and are subject to change based upon performance and touring schedules. YA rehearsals, performances and tour dates may require students to be active outside of the College academic course dates.

For current schedules and dates (and before making travel plans) please contact the administrative office.

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FALL SEMESTER | 2014
Admissions Deadlines (Freshman Only)
APR 16
Application & Fee
MAY 1
Scholarship Application
MAY 23
Student Housing Confirmation & Security Deposit
JUNE 13
Admissions Packet
JULY 11
Enrollment Packet & Official Transcripts
AUG 1
Lease Packet & Rent Payment
Freshman
AUG 30-31
Apartment Move-In
AUG 31
Housing and Parent Orientation
SEPT 1
Student Orientation
SEPT 2-3
Class Placement
SEPT 5-7
Freshman Advising
SEPT 12
Fall Tuition Fees Due
NOV 28
Freshman Showcase (New Kids Show)
Returning Students
AUG 1
Fall Tuition Fees Due
AUG 29-31
Apartment Move-In
SEPT - NOV
USA Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
European Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
Japan Music Outreach Tour
SEPT - NOV
Sophomore Module 2: Career Preparation
All Students
SEPT 5
Instruction Begins
SEPT 12
Last Day to Add Courses
SEPT 12
Last Day to Drop with Refund
OCT 10
Last Day to Withdraw with a “W”
NOV 21
Last Day of Instruction
DEC 12-14, 19-21
The Magic of Christmas
DEC 13
Spring Tuition Fees Due
DEC 20
Fall Grades Available
DEC - JAN 22-1
Winter Holiday
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SPRING SEMESTER | 2015
All Students
DEC 13
Spring Tuition Fees Due
JAN 2
Tour Rehearsals Begin
JAN 5
Resident Company Rehearsals Begin
JAN 12
Instruction Begins
JAN 19
Last Day to Add Courses
JAN 19
Last Day to Drop with Refund
FEB 16
Last Day to Withdraw with a “W”
FEB 23-28
No Classes – Broadway Show
APR 10
Last Day of Instruction
JAN - MAR
USA Music Outreach Tour
JAN - MAR
U.K. Music Outreach Tour
JAN - MAR
Japan Music Outreach Tour
JAN - MAR
Sophomore Module 2: Career Preparation*
MAY 1
Spring Grades Available
JUNE 1
Apartment Move-Out
* Pending registration numbers
TUITION
Tuition amounts are based on the Enrollment Classification chosen by the student. Tuition payment options follow below:


OPTION A-1 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track – Annual Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic year – $6,900 per year for 2 years

OPTION A-2 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track – Semester Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $3,642.50 per semester for 2 years (4 semesters)

OPTION B-1 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit – Annual Tuition Rate
Tuition for YA is paid in full at the beginning of each academic year – $5,240 per year for 2 years to YA
Tuition for NCMC is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,500 (estimated) per semester to NCMC (4 semesters)
Total estimated annual cost – $10,240

OPTION B-2 – 2-yr Associate of Arts in Performance Track with NCMC Credit – Semester Tuition Rate
Tuition for YA is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,815 per semester
Tuition for NCMC is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $2,500 (estimated) per semester to NCMC (4 semesters)
Total estimated semester cost – $5,315

OPTION C – Music Outreach Training Program Track – Per Unit Tuition Rate
Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each academic semester – $230 per course unit – during freshman year.
YA Membership Fee applies during subsequent years.

ADDITIONAL FEES
APPLICATION FEE: $40 per prospective student
ADMISSIONS PROCESSING FEE: $100 per student
ENROLLMENT FEE: $350/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
STUDENT SERVICES FEE: $25/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
TECHNOLOGY FEE: $20/semester – applied to all students (already included in price for Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
YA MEMBERSHIP FEE:
(Does not apply to students in Options A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2)
1st Year: Not applied, see Option C
2nd Year: $3,750 for active YAs not enrolled as full-time students with YA College
3rd Year+: $150 for active YAs not enrolled as full-time students with YA College


What makes YACPA different?
  1. Smaller student body means personalized attention without a large admissions staff.
  2. Each academic year we run two semesters, each lasting 10 weeks, allowing students extended time each year for performance and touring opportunities. This also allows our faculty to continue to be working professionals in their craft.
  3. Focus in student independence. We facilitate student access, but do not provide on-site dining or health services. This offers students increased independence and flexibility in their personal life choices.
HOUSING FEES (only for students interested in housing)
BACKGROUND CHECK: $30 per student
SECURITY DEPOSIT: $750 per student
MONTHLY RENT: $495 per student per month (9 months)
$4,235 if paid in full at the beginning of the lease term
UTILITIES (Gas, Water, Trash & Electricity): Billed monthly based on apartment usage. Estimated $90 per student per month

FINANCIAL AID
The Young Americans Board of Directors has approved a number of partial tuition scholarships (average scholarship approx. $600 per semester). Scholarships are available and awarded based upon a criteria mix including audition presentation, program of study, financial need, growth potential, and personal letters of recommendation.

Application instructions will be shared directly with applying students. Applications are due May 1st each year. Awards are typically announced in late May.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to students participating in the NCMC affiliation. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Student Loans and Parent Loans. Application instructions will be shared directly with applying students.

Housing fees must be paid on time regardless of scholarship and financial aid disbursement dates.

All tuition and fees are subject to change.
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