1. Admissions
  2. Cost & Aid

Financial 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. Conservatory financial aid generally falls into two categories: gift assistance (SFCM scholarships, federal and state grants) and self-help assistance (loans and work opportunities). The recipient may accept all or any part of the aid offered, and may also sign up for an installment payment program.

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

Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents applying for any federal financial aid need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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 2018-19 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.

International students applying for Conservatory scholarship assistance, including merit scholarships, must complete the forms found here, which include the Institutional Certification of Finances and the CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE (school code: 4744).

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).

Students planning to attend the Conservatory are encouraged to apply for local, state and national scholarships for which they may be eligible. High school counselors have information on these awards. If you are a California resident, please visit www.csac.ca.gov to apply for the California State Grant. The deadline to apply is March 2. Please keep in mind that both your FAFSA and California State Grant application must be completed before this deadline.


Get in touch.

Doris Howard
Director of Financial Aid