Scholarships and Financial Aid

Program Description

The Colburn School offers need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships. These awards are given for the fall and spring semesters. There are no awards for the summer session. Renewal of awards are not automatic, and all students must re-apply each year.

Need-Based Financial Aid Awards

Financial aid is based entirely on financial need. To qualify, families must earn less than $70,000 per year. The Colburn School uses a sliding discount scale that considers a number of factors such as family income, family size, and extenuating circumstances. Awards are granted as percentages of tuition. Full financial assistance is never given. It is expected that each family make some sort of contribution to support the students' studies.

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 are due by 5 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Download the Application for the 2016–17 Academic Year

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 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

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