Application Process

The Colburn School offers two forms of financial assistance. Need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. These awards are given for the Fall and Spring semester; there are no awards for the Summer session. Currently, all awards for the 2014-15 academic year have already been assigned. There is no additional financial aid or scholarships available at this time. See below for instructions for the 2015-16 academic year.

Renewal of awards are not automatic. All students must re-apply each year.

Need-Based Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid is based entirely on financial need. To qualify, families should make less than $65,000 per year. The Colburn School uses a sliding discount scale that considers income and the number of dependents. These need-based awards are given as percentages, and are valid for both fall and spring semester. Families will be required to pay the remaining portion of tuition that is not covered by Financial Aid.

To qualify for need-based financial assistance, students must demonstrate:

  • Financial need
  • Seriousness of purpose and motivation
  • Consistent attendance and progress

Tax records from the most recent filing period are required as documentation of income. Completed applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

To apply for the 2015-16 academic year, please click here to download the application.

The Colburn School thanks Southern California Edison and the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for their support of Colburn need-based scholarships.

Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

Merit-based awards are very limited in number and amount. The student must be nominated by their instructor who will initiate the application process. Students cannot apply directly for these awards.

Criteria used for awarding merit scholarships are:

  • Strong potential and motivation in the chosen area of study
  • Evidence of exceptional potential and talent in performances
  • Ability to represent the School in public performances and/or competitions
  • Two letters of exceptional recommendation, including one from the nominating instructor

Notification of awards is in writing; merit awards are stated as specific dollar amounts. Awards are valid for fall and spring registration.

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