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  1. Admissions
  2. Cost & Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

We are here to help our talented students and their families manage the cost of world-class music education through a wide variety of sources, including SFCM scholarships, federal and state grants, loans, and job opportunities. The recipient may accept all or any part of the aid offered, and may also sign up for our Term Payment Plan.

In addition, many students get financial help from outside sources such as state scholarships and local music organizations.

USA Citizens and Permanent Residents


Students, who are United States citizens or permanent residents, applying for any scholarship and/or federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15. This can be found at Federal aid includes Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Direct Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, Perkins Loans, and Work Study. Our federal school code for the FAFSA is 001278. Please make sure your 2022-23 FAFSA information is correct. The most efficient way to do so is to use the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which imports data directly from your IRS records.

CSS Profile

All first-time domestic financial aid applicants who would like to be considered for SFCM scholarship are required to complete the CSS Profile by February 15 (school code: 4744).

International Students

International students applying for scholarship assistance are required to complete the CSS Profile (school code: 4744) by February 15. All forms can be emailed directly to

International students will not be considered for scholarship until all required financial documents have been submitted. We do not offer scholarship assistance for living expenses.

Once you have accepted admission, in order for the Conservatory to issue an I-20 form you will be required to show proof of sufficient funds to pay for any tuition not covered by scholarship assistance, as well as for all of your living costs, travel expenses, and the SFCM student health insurance plan (total budget minus any awarded scholarship). Proof of sufficient funds includes original bank statements. If the statements are not in the student's name, a completed Affidavit of Support is required.



BM, Cello

“I’m awed by how much the community here supports the arts. In Peru, I couldn’t have gotten financial support to study music at this level. There just isn’t the same kind of support for the arts or the same level of music education available. This is why when I return to Peru during school breaks, I volunteer to teach younger students in my hometown. In a few years, I hope to have a successful career as a performer and also establish a school for music in the Andes to improve the level of music education in my home country and show young people the joy and opportunity they can have through music.”


Get in touch.

Kellie Gaines, M.Ed
Director of Financial Aid


Vanessa Picton
Financial Aid Counselor