Financial Aid and Scholarships

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

Due to the unforeseen economic crisis due to COVID-19, the Community School of Performing Arts will be allocating additional resources available towards Financial Aid. Merit Scholarship applications will be postponed until further notice. This will allow the Financial Aid Committee to review financial aid applications and assist families who are seeking additional assistance this year.

We thank you for your understanding of the significant change during this unforeseen time.

Need-Based Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid Application (in English)

Financial Aid Application (en Español)

Priority Deadline: May 15, 2020

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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
Support for Families Affected Economically by COVID-19

The Community School is committed to you, using its available resources, and would like to be able to help you during this period of time. For families currently experiencing financial hardship and are above the Financial Aid income threshold, we encourage you to write a letter stating your changed financial need due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Please complete the first two pages of the Financial Aid application. Along with the first two pages of the Financial Aid application include a letter stating your current situation to the Community School office at

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.