At SFCM, we understand that college can be a substantial investment. We're here to help, and we're committed to working with you to achieve the education you desire. Nearly all of our students - 98 percent - are awarded scholarship assistance.
For new students, the audition serves as the basis for determining scholarship awards. If you're applying for both merit and need-based scholarships, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Financial Aid Profile also must be submitted.
The Conservatory awards scholarships on the basis of musical ability, financial need, and the musical needs of the school. Scholarship awards and tuition do not increase proportionally. Scholarships are available to full-time students in the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree programs, the Artist Certificate program, the Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance, and the Professional Studies Diploma. All students must remain full-time in order to receive their scholarship. Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four years for undergraduate, two years for graduate, and one year for postgraduate study. Scholarship awards are fixed, and tuition cost will increase annually.
Outside Scholarship Resources
Many outside scholarships are also available to students, including those found below. We encourage students to search online for additional resources.
- Native American Scholarship
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Swiss Benevolent Society
- Sallie Mae Fund
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Marin Education Fund
- National Merit Scholarship
- Horatio Alger Association
- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund
- The National Italian American Found
- PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
- Shift Insurance: California Students Scholarship
- Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship Opportunity
- Energize Students Scholarship
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- Working Parent Scholarship Award
- Orchestral String Scholarship
- PanHellenic Scholarship
Scholarship Search Tools
Continuing Student Scholarship Requirements
Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average to be eligible for renewal of their scholarships, while graduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. If a student's GPA falls below the required minimum, he or she will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If the student's GPA is not raised to the required minimum after this probationary period, he or she will not be eligible to receive any Conservatory scholarship funds for the following semester. (See the Academic Regulations section in the Collegiate Catalog.) Scholarship recipients are required to participate in ensembles as assigned.
Scholarship retention depends on the successful fulfillment of all obligations to the Conservatory, including orchestra, ensemble assignments, required GPA, and satisfactory academic progress. No separate auditions are held for scholarships. For continuing students, annual juries and the quality of orchestra and/or ensemble participation are used to determine eligibility for continuation of awards. Scholarship retention for students returning after a leave of absence is not guaranteed. Returning students who want to be considered for their previous scholarship amount must reapply through the Financial Aid Office, just as they would be required to do as continuing students.
Awards for an additional year are not guaranteed. If a student feels the need for an additional semester or year to complete their degree, the student may petition the scholarship committee. Petition forms are available in the Financial Aid Office or online, and must be signed by both the student and the studio teacher and presented to the scholarship committee one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents who want only to be considered only for merit-based Conservatory scholarships need not submit the FAFSA, but must submit the Conservatory's Scholarship and Financial Aid Application.