Photo of male hip-hop dance studentSCHOOL YEAR FAQs
Q: Does the Patel Conservatory offer tours?
A: Yes. To schedule a tour please call 813.222.1029 or email The tour will be guided through Patel Conservatory’s three-story, 45,000 square-foot facility, which includes spacious and contemporary dance studios with sprung floors and fully equipped multi-functional black-box theater, suitable for both performance and non-performance events.

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register online, over the phone with a credit card, in person in the Patel Conservatory Chairmen’s Library or by downloading a registration form from our website and mailing it in with payment. Tuition may be paid in full for the year or by the month. Monthly tuition must be paid by pre-authorized debit from a bank account or credit card at time of registration.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid/Access Arts scholarships?
A: You can apply by filling out our financial aid questionnaire. This form is due by the specified deadline and it must be turned in with the supporting documentation listed on the form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The financial aid application deadline for fall 2016 has passed. The deadline to apply for spring 2017 is December 3, 2016.

Q: If I apply for financial aid by the fall deadline, do I have to reapply by the second deadline spring?
A: No, if you apply for financial aid by the first deadline you will be covered for the entire school year. However, you would have to reapply for the summer session if you wished to take classes over the summer.

Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: We offer payment plans for school year tuition only. Monthly payments are automatically withdrawn from a bank account or charged to a credit card on the 20th of each month. There is a required $35 registration fee per student, or a maximum of $60 per family, which is due at the time of registration. The registration fee is waived for all Straz Center annual donors of $100 or more. We do not offer payment plans for summer camps or fees. All tuition and fees are non-refundable.
Q:   What does “ongoing enrollment” mean?
A:   We accept new students throughout the year. We do not prorate tuition, so it is recommended to start at the beginning of a month. Instructor approval may be required to join mid-session. Students joining mid-session should be aware that they are joining classes in-progress. Call 813.222.1040 to find out which classes are available during any given month.

Q:   How do I drop a class?
A:   To drop a class, you will need to fill out a drop form and turn it in to the Chairmen’s Library. Once this form is filled out, a student will be dropped from a class and their monthly withdrawals will be stopped. These forms are due by the 10th of the month in order to ensure that you will not get charged your monthly tuition. (For example, November’s tuition would be deducted on Oct. 20, so the drop form would be due by Oct. 10.) Drop forms may be requested by calling the Registrar's Office at 813.222.1040.

Q:   What number do I call if I need to get a message to my child during class?
A:   Call the Patel Conservatory security desk at 813.222.1270 or the Straz Center security desk at 813.222.1070 and ask for a Conservatory staff member.

Q:   Where do I pick up and drop off my child?
A:   There is a pick-up and drop-off lane in front of the Conservatory. This is a pick-up and drop-off lane only, not a parking area, and is subject to ticketing fines by the City of Tampa. When you drop off your child, they will enter through the TECO lobby doors. Your child will exit the same TECO lobby doors that they entered.

Q:   Does the Patel Conservatory offer parking for their students?
A:   Parking may be validated for the Poe Parking Garage on the day and during the time of students’ scheduled classes. Parking in downtown Tampa can be a challenge. Complimentary parking in the Poe Garage only is provided as a courtesy by the Conservatory and is conditional on space availability and is not provided for showcases or performances.
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