Tuition, Fees and Expenses

One of the most extraordinary elements of an education in the Conservatory of Music is the financial support provided by the Colburn School through the generosity of Richard D. Colburn. Mr. Colburn's vision was to support highly gifted young musicians so that they can develop their artistry in an environment designed to give them the maximum opportunity for pure, focused work. Thus, students that are accepted to the Conservatory receive a full scholarship towards tuition, a grant for board (an on-campus meal plan), and a full housing grant for those who live in the Residence Hall.

There is no separate application process for the scholarship and grants other than the formal audition process described elsewhere in this website. The Colburn School does not require the FAFSA or PROFILE forms.

Application Fee

The fee for applying to the Colburn School is $120; this fee is mandatory and non-refundable. Application fee waivers may be requested in cases of financial hardship. Proof of finances may be required for approval of a fee waiver.

Enrollment Deposit

A non-refundable, one-time charge of $500 is required as an enrollment deposit. This fee is payable at the time the accepted applicant commits to attending the Colburn School.

Comprehensive Fee

The Comprehensive Fee is charged at a rate of $3,000 per year. This fee is mandatory and is charged to all Conservatory students to underwrite a portion of the institutional costs not covered by the general scholarship support of tuition, room and board. The comprehensive fee supports costs associated with a comprehensive, supportive musical learning environment, including but not limited to student services, campus-wide wireless, technology, graduation and commencement fees, professional development opportunities, transcript requests, accompanying services, instrument maintenance and acquisition, wellness initiatives and services, hall usage, use of school recording equipment, tickets to musical performances, cable television, etc.

Room Deposit

A separate dorm room deposit is not required. However, any damage to school property shall be charged to the student responsible for the damage.

Books

Students are required to pay for their own books and supplies (e.g., music, staff paper, strings, reeds, etc.). The cost of books is estimated at $500 annually for a BM student.

Health Insurance

The Colburn School requires all Conservatory students to have adequate year-round health insurance coverage. The school offers a comprehensive student health insurance policy through Kaiser Permanente; the cost of this policy is approximately $150 per month, for 12-month coverage. Students who have other coverage (through parents, a spouse, etc.) may request an exemption from enrollment in the Kaiser Permanente plan.

Net Price Calculator

Tuition: $45,000
Room and Board: $17,000
Estimated Total Scholarship & Grant Aid: $62,000
(Includes a full tuition scholarship, a grant for board (on-campus meal plan), and a full housing grant for those who live in the Residence Hall. First and Second Year undergraduate students are required to live on-campus.)

Comprehensive Fee: $3,000
The Comprehensive Fee is charged at a rate of $3,000 per year. This fee is mandatory and is charged to all Conservatory students to underwrite a portion of the institutional costs not covered by the general scholarship support of tuition, room and board. The fee supports costs associated with a comprehensive, supportive musical learning environment, including but not limited to student services, campus-wide wireless, technology, graduation and commencement fees, professional development opportunities, transcript requests, accompanying services, instrument maintenance and acquisition, wellness initiatives and services, hall usage, use of school recording equipment, tickets to musical performances, cable television, etc. Students can apply for financial aid awards towards this fee.

Estimated Cost of Books and Supplies: $1,200

Estimated Other Expenses: $5,700
(Personal expenses, health insurance, transportation, etc.)
Students are required to show acceptable proof of health insurance. Students who cannot provide acceptable proof must purchase health insurance through the School’s policy with Kaiser Permanente. The approximate cost is $2,750 per year (included in the above estimate).

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Estimated Total Cost of Attendance (Net Price*): $9,900

What does Net Price mean?
Net Price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Scholarships, grants, and awards from the Colburn School do not have to be repaid. Any loans that a student takes out will have to be repaid by the student.

What is a Net Price Calculator?
Net price calculators are available on a college or university website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. All students enrolling at the Colburn School have the same Net Price (see above).

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