Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of varying levels of experience and instruction. We recognize some students may require financial support to cover the cost of their studies. In this case, we offer merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid for fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply each year.

Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

Our limited number of merit-based scholarship awards are very competitive. Applicants must be nominated by an instructor, who also must initiate the application process. To be considered for a scholarship, students should show:

  • A strong potential and motivation in the chosen area of study
  • Evidence of exceptional potential and talent in performances
  • An ability to represent the Colburn School in public performances or competitions
  • Two letters of exceptional recommendation, including one from the nominating instructor

Award winners will be notified in writing, along with the specific dollar amount granted. Scholarship awards are valid for fall and spring registration only.

Need-Based Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid Application (in English)

Financial Aid Application (en Español)

To be considered for a financial aid award, families must earn less than $75,000 in annual income. We use a sliding discount scale that takes into account several factors, such as family size and extenuating circumstances in addition to income. We do require a family’s most recent tax filing documents to show proof of income.

Financial aid awards are granted as a percentage of tuition; we never grant full assistance. We do expect families to also financially contribute to students’ studies. To be considered for a financial aid award, students must show:

  • A financial need
  • A seriousness of purpose and motivation
  • Consistent attendance and progress

Financial aid is still available for the spring semester and will be available on a rolling basis.

Financial aid for Community School students is generously supported by The Rose Hills Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, The Rea Charitable Trust, Edison International, and David Kobrin.

Herbert Zipper Scholarship

The application form for new student applicants will be available on March 1.

Full-Tuition Scholarships
Through the generous support of an anonymous donor and supporters of our Access Fund, the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts provides 40 exceptionally promising students with financial need access to a custom curriculum of applied lessons, ensemble participation, and music theory courses.

For further information about eligibility and requirements, please read the application.