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.

Due to the school closure, parents and students will not be able to turn in applications in-person. Completed applications can be submitted to the Community School office by email or mail.

Mailing Address:
Community School of Performing Arts
C/O Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

Merit Scholarship Application

Application Due: May 15, 2020

The Colburn School is proud to offer a limited number of merit scholarship awards for pre-college aged students currently enrolled in the Community School of Performing Arts. The selection process for these awards are highly competitive. Merit scholarship awards are valid for study during the fall and spring semesters only, and must be re-applied for each year.

If you need to audition for the Honors Chamber Music Scholarship Program in order to qualify for the merit scholarships, please visit the ensemble page for audition requirements and scheduling.

Need-Based Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid Application (in English)

Financial Aid Application (en Español)

Application Due: May 15, 2020

Through the generous support of donors, the Colburn School offers two forms of financial assistance through the Access Fund: need-based financial aid awards and Herbert Zipper Scholarships. To be considered for a financial aid award, families must earn less than $85,000 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 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 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 for Community School students is generously supported by the Access Fund, The Rose Hills Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, The Rea Charitable Trust, Edison International, and David Kobrin.

Herbert Zipper Scholarship

Application Due: May 15, 2020

The Herbert Zipper Scholars program offers highly motivated, deserving students the opportunity to engage in comprehensive music education at Colburn, one of the nation’s premier arts organizations. Herbert Zipper Scholars receive instruction in music theory, private lessons, and ensemble participation, among many other academic and performance opportunities. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, complete the requirements in Part 5 of the financial aid application above, in addition to filling out Parts 1–4.


  • Student must be 8–17 years old.
  • Student must be currently enrolled at an academic institution or home-schooled.
  • Student must have at least two years of experience on student’s choice of instrument in the form of private applied study or experience in an ensemble.
  • Student must possess a high level of interest and commitment to musical study.