Here’s the breakdown of costs for tuition and other expenses at SFCM.

The numbers below apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs.

2018–19 Tuition

Full-time student
$45,000 annually / $22,500 per semester

Full-time students who wish to register for credits in excess of 18.5 in the Fall or Spring (not counting ensembles) must pay a per-credit fee of $1,980.

Secondary/additional instrument instruction

  • One hour-long lesson per week: $10,040 annually / $5,020 per semester
  • One half-hour lesson per week: $5,020 annually / $2,510 per semester

Part-time student
Per academic credit
$3,960 annually / $1,980 per semester

Private instruction (one hour-long lesson per week)
$17,960 annually / $8,980 per semester

SFCM Student Budget

Students should come to SFCM fully prepared to meet their tuition, fees, and living expenses. Although living expenses will vary considerably, the following figures should help students plan a budget for the academic year:

2018 - 2019 SFCM Student Budget (budget is based on nine-month academic year)
Budget Category Living with Parents Living in Residence Hall - Double Room Per Semester
Tuition $45,000 $45,000 $22,500
Comprehensive Fee $860 $860 $430
Health Services Fee $250 $250 $125
Total tuition and fees $46,110 $46,110 $23,055
Estimated additional student expenses
Books and Supplies $975 $975  
Food and Housing $7,100 $16,515  
Personal $3,200 $3,200  
Health Insurance *** ***  
Total Budget $57,385 $66,800  
  • Budgets are for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Expenses are estimated and will vary from student to student except for tuition and fees.
  • Personal expenses include toiletries, clothing, and entertainment.
  • This is the budget that will be used for purposes of Financial Aid.
  • If you have any questions please contact the Financial Aid Office.

***All full-time students are required to have health insurance. Undergraduate cost of the Student Health Insurance Plan is estimated at $1,949 ($817 for Fall, $1,132 for Spring and Summer), and the Graduate student cost is $2,651 per year, ($1,111 for Fall and $1,540 for Spring). Fall coverage is from 8/1/2018 to 12/31/2018 and Spring coverage is from 1/1/2019 to 7/31/2019. All students will have this charge on their student billing account until waived with proof of insurance and a signed waiver form. Student Health Insurance Plan 

Payment of Tuition and Fees

The $500 enrollment reservation is required of all students and is credited to the tuition payment due for the Fall semester. The enrollment reservation is non-refundable if the student fails to register, and is due from new graduate and postgraduate students by April 15, and from new undergraduate students by May 1.

The balance of Fall tuition and fees must be paid when Fall classes begin. Spring tuition and fees must be paid when Spring classes begin. Students may also enroll in the Term Payment Plan, which requires a $50 enrollment fee.

Late Registration Fees

  • First week: $250
  • Each subsequent week: $50
  • Late Payment Fee: $75
  • Late Tuition Payment Plan Fee: $25
  • Non-Sufficient Funds Fee: $25

Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card:

  • Checks can be mailed to SFCM, in care of the Business Office (50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), or they can be brought in person. Checks should be made out to “The San Francisco Conservatory of Music” or “SFCM.”
  • Credit card payments can be made over the phone or in person.
    • You may mail your credit card information to the Business Office. If you do so, please include the card number, expiration date, billing address, and your name as it appears on your credit card.
    • Foreign credit cards are accepted.
    • Please DO NOT email your credit card information. As part of our PCI Compliance, we don’t send or receive credit card information in unencrypted forms.
  • To enroll in automatic credit card payments, please fill out and return the Credit Card Authorization form. For security reasons, please DO NOT email the authorization form to the Business Office. Either send it to us by postal mail to SFCM Student Accounts, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 or bring it to the Business Office in person. Credit Card Authorization Form
  • If you wish to wire funds to SFCM, please contact Jan Vierra in the Business Office.

Term Payment Plan (TPP)

For students who want to pay on a monthly basis, the Conservatory offers an in-house Term Payment Plan for a fee of $50 per semester. Tuition, fees, and housing (if applicable) for each semester will be divided into four equal payments, due at the beginning of each month. A $25 late fee is charged for all payments submitted after the 5th of the month. For more information on this plan, please read the Term Payment Plan Enrollment Form below. The first installment for the Fall 2018 semester is due September 5, 2018. Please note that this plan doesn't automatically renew; to keep using it, you must enroll every semester.

Term Payment Plan Enrollment Form

Use the Net Price Calculator to get a sense of the cost of attendance based on what similar students paid in a previous year.


Get in touch with the business office.

Jan Vierra
Student Accounts Administrator