Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $15,750 for the 2021–22 school year. Your tuition covers the full scope of the Music Academy’s curriculum for the full year. Note, tuition and fees may be subject to change.

For a full list of fees, see the Schedule of Student Charges.


The Colburn Music Academy’s admissions process is need-blind, meaning that a student’s financial circumstances are not part of the admissions decision. We are committed to providing access to all students who qualify for admission. Our annual donors make this possible, and we recognize the excellence of Music Academy students through providing full and partial scholarship awards to Kohl Scholars, Greendale Scholars, and Thibaudet Scholars, and through additional scholarship awards in recognition of merit and financial need.

The Kohl Scholars are a select number of pianists and violinists who are invited to attend and live at the Music Academy at no cost. Becoming a Kohl Scholar is a celebrated achievement for young artists and provides the financial assistance needed to succeed in the next stage of their musical development. The Colburn School is deeply grateful to Terri and Jerry Kohl for their extraordinary support of the next generation of classical music artists.

Greendale Scholars are students of exceptional talent who have been awarded a financial aid scholarship from the Moe and Arlene Greendale Endowment Fund. This fund has been established to memorialize and honor the Greendales, who, through their gift, desire to perpetuate access to musical excellence, which at one time was generously extended to Mr. Greendale.

The Thibaudet Scholars, named for renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, are instrumentalists in the Music Academy who have received scholarship to support their tuition costs. These awards recognize the generosity of our donors and Mr. Thibaudet’s continued artistic involvement and dedication. The Colburn School appreciates all of our donors who contribute and extend their support to the Thibaudet Scholars each year.

The need of our current students and potential applicants consistently outweighs our available funds. If you would like to help us do more to support the futures of these exceptional students by providing philanthropic support to the Colburn Music Academy, please contact

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid of any kind, a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) must be submitted at, along with all required supplemental materials. Failure to fully complete the application and supplemental materials will result in ineligibility to be considered for financial aid.

Financial Aid Application