Financial Aid at SFCM
  1. Admissions
  2. Cost & Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

We're 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 musical clubs.

USA Citizens and Permanent Residents


Students, who are United States citizens or permanent residents, applying for any federal financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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/Financial Aid Profile

All first-time domestic financial aid applicants who are applying for any need-based SFCM scholarship are required to complete the CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE (school code: 4744).

International Students

International students applying for scholarship assistance are required to complete the Institutional Certification of Finances and CSS / Financial Aid 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 and travel expenses (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.

***All full-time students are required to have health insurance. Undergraduate cost of the 2021-22 Student Health Insurance Plan is $2,283 ($951.25 for Fall, $1,331.75 for Spring and Summer), and the Graduate student cost is $3,363 per year, ($1,401.25 for Fall and $1,961.75 for Spring/Summer). Fall coverage is from August 1 to December 31 (5 months) and Spring/Summer coverage is from January 1 to July 31 (7 months). All students will have this charge on their student billing account until waived with proof of insurance and a signed waiver form.

International Students 2022-23 Forms

Affidavit of Support for International Students To be completed by International Students whose bank statement is not in the student's name.
Institutional Certification of Finances 2022-23 To be completed by all International Students who require an I-20.


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.

Doris Howard
Director of Financial Aid


Vanessa Picton
Financial Aid Counselor