SFCM Scholarship Program
SFCM has a very generous scholarship program. 99% of our students receive merit-based scholarships.
Merit-based scholarship is determined by your audition, departmental needs, academic transcripts, and recommendation letters. All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarship. If you are only applying for merit-based scholarship, you do not need to complete the FAFSA or CSS Profile.
Need-based scholarship is determined by the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for USA citizens and permanent residents, and the CSS Profile for international and first-time undergraduate SFCM applicants.
Undergraduate SFCM students must maintain a cumulative 2.5-grade point average to be eligible for renewal of their scholarships, while graduate and postgraduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Scholarship retention depends on the successful fulfillment of all obligations to the Conservatory, including large ensemble, chamber assignments, required GPA, and satisfactory academic progress. Scholarships are available to all full-time students and must remain full-time in order to receive their scholarship. Scholarship awards and tuition do not increase proportionally.
OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
Many organizations provide scholarships based on very specific information about a student’s family, talents, or service.
- Annual Community Volunteer Scholarship
- Apartment Guide Scholarship
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- CFF Foundation Education Award
- Freedom Financial Network
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Graduate Technology Scholarship for Military Veterans
- Horatio Alger Association
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- National Merit Scholarship
- Native American Scholarship
- The National Italian American Found
- Orchestral String Scholarship
- PanHellenic Scholarship
- The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Swiss Benevolent Society
OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH TOOLS
To search for a scholarship, you will need to enter personal information. However, you should never be charged to find scholarship opportunities online.
Federal & State Grants
CARES Act Information
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS TO STUDENTS
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) has provided funds to SFCM as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
On May 13, 2020, SFCM received notification of funding in the amount of $124,508.00 from the Department of Education (DOE) to be used to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. In compliance with DOE’s suggested distribution methods, SFCM used an application process to determine which students would receive emergency financial aid awards. SFCM emailed all Title-IV eligible students (approximately 277) and invited them to apply. Students are required to complete an application and provide details regarding the expenses they have or will incur as a result of the disruption of SFCM campus operations due to COVID-19.
SFCM awarded grants based on financial need as determined through a review of individual applications. Eligible expenses consist of those included under the cost of attendance, such as food, housing, and technology. As of the date of this report, 91 students applied and were awarded emergency grants in the amount of $88,453.
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. It’s designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with exceptional need who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) resulting from the FAFSA determines the amount of the award.
SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)
Federal SEOG awards are restricted to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need, and Pell grant recipients have first priority. Awards can range from $100 to $4,000 per year and are dependent on the allocation the school receives from the federal government.
CALIFORNIA STATE GRANT
All California residents who have not earned a bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply for the California State Grant. This can be done by having your high school registrar, or your current college registrar if you’re transferring to SFCM, submit verification of your GPA by March 2. You must also submit the FAFSA prior to March 2 in order to be eligible for the Cal Grant. California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) awards these grants based on residency, enrollment status, and cumulative GPA. We estimate your Cal Grant based on preliminary eligibility information from CSAC. If you have been notified by CSAC that you are eligible for a Cal Grant award and it does not appear on your award letter, please contact the Financial Aid Office immediately so that we can adjust your award accordingly. Awards are applied directly to tuition and fee costs. Cal Grant B access awards will be applied to your account unless otherwise indicated by the student. For further information, please see www.csac.ca.gov.