Prior to confirming your student status, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security requires you to document the ability to pay for the first year at CIM. You must obtain the I-20 needed to get the F-1 visa. While this requirement only pertains to ability to pay for the first year, please plan ahead and consider your ability to fund your remaining time at CIM.

CIM Endowed scholarship

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CIM Grant

CIM grants are for applicants with the most significant documented financial need who meet all aid application requirements and deadlines. Consideration for a CIM grant requires completion of the FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE.

CIM Institutional Scholarship

The CIM Scholarship is a merit-based, need-informed award. CIM faculty recommendations of the applicant audition are the primary component for this award, in addition to grades, test scores, outside letters of recommendation and expectation of student potential. This award is renewed at the same dollar amount each subsequent year for the normal duration of the program of study, provided the student maintains satisfactory academic and artistic progress. For enrollment that exceeds the normal timeframe to complete a program, Dean approval is required to extend the scholarship, and requires a formal appeal by the student explaining the reason the program was not completed on time; scholarship renewals are not guaranteed for program extensions. The need-based consideration for this award would require the student to submit the FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE.

cim loan

This loan program has been phased out and is only being awarded to currently enrolled students completing their programs; it is no longer being offered to newly admitted students.

Interest accrual and repayment of this loan begins 12 months after the student leaves CIM or is no longer at least half-time enrolled, and continues over a five-year period. These loans require a Promissory Note and a co-signer. Interest rate on CIM Loans is 7%.

Loan amounts typically range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Repayment of this loan program is serviced by Heartland ECSI. There are no origination fees for this loan. Loan borrowers have the right to cancel or reduce the amount of their loans within 14 calendar days of the date the loan funds are credited to their student account.

Borrowers that wish to cancel or reduce their loans must submit a written request within the 14 day period to the CIM Financial Aid Office. If the loan funds have been applied to current student account charges due, the borrower must make arrangements to pay CIM the amount applied toward charges before funds may be returned. After the 14-day period has expired, any cancellation or reduction of loans takes place directly between the borrower and the loan servicer, Heartland ECSI.

graduate assistantships

Awarded institutionally to students in exchange for work responsibilities within CIM. These awards are extremely limited and are only eligible to students in specific majors (Collaborative Piano, Orchestral Conducting and Conducting). Graduate Assistantships are paid semi-monthly via payroll and are not applied to the student tuition account in advance.

outside scholarships

CIM encourages students to seek private aid and other funding options on their own. The following are organizations and tools you may wish to contact in search for additional funding. 

Always use caution when applying for private scholarship opportunities. Please visit Scholarship & Financial Aid Scams for warnings. Outside scholarships are sponsored, administered and awarded by various individual donors, organizations and private agencies not affiliated with CIM. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement. These lists are provided for informational purposes only.

Advice for Outside Scholarships: The sites listed below are only a few resources available. You might also consider local scholarships.

  • Ethnic and cultural organizations
  • High school counseling office
  • Military associations
  • Parent's Employers
  • Political parties and politicians
  • Private foundations and charities
  • Professional or trade associations
  • Music organizations, orchestras, etc.
  • Religious organizations

Advice for Foreign Students: Some scholarships may be available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents; however, some scholarship agencies are geared specifically toward supporting foreign students. Please consult International Education Financial Aid and EduPass for more information.

Music Scholarships:

General Scholarships:

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private education loans

Should you need to borrow additional funds beyond federal loan programs, you may wish to consider a private educational loan. It is your responsibility to research these options to find the one best suited to your needs. Be sure to review interest rate, fees and special features. Be aware that each lender performs its own credit check and multiple checks can have an adverse effect on your credit score. You should opt for a loan that has no prepayment penalty and is deferred until graduation. Most importantly, borrow conservatively. If you or your parents have equity in a home, you may wish to pursue a home equity loan. Contact your mortgage holder or the bank of your choice to apply for such a loan.

CIM is not affiliated with and does not endorse any particular lender. You are welcome to choose any lender of your choice. However, here is a historical list of lenders that CIM students have used in recent years in alphabetical order:

All Private loan borrowers must submit a Self-Certification Form to the lender, in addition to the School Certification. Most lenders will provide this form to borrowers. However, you can download a copy of the Private Loan Self Certification Form.

work study

CIM Institutional Work Study (CIMWS) is a limited, need-based program that provides on-campus jobs for international students. Most jobs are in CIM Offices or are Community Service related. This program is no longer being offered to new students, rather only renewal awards to students completing their programs.

If awarded, a WS Application and Contract is required. WS awards are not applied to the student tuition account. Instead, these funds are paid to students on a semi-monthly basis via payroll as they submit their hours worked and have been approved by the supervisor. Before a student may begin a WS job, all new hire tax forms must be on file with the payroll manager in the Business Office.

This is taxable income and the student will receive a W-2 at year-end for tax return purposes. If the student does not have a US Social Security Number, one must be applied for upon arrival at CIM. There is no guarantee that award amount will be earned.

Work study information is available here.

If you have a sponsor or other aid to help pay the first year, and it is not available in subsequent years, CIM shall not be expected to make up the difference. Remember, the CIM Scholarship is renewable at the SAME dollar amount each year for the normal duration of the program (assuming GPA, academic and artistic progress requirements are being met). Newly admitted international applicants must show documentation of ability to pay prior to being confirmed as a new student and this process should be complete by the April 15 (graduate) or May 1 (undergraduate) Intent to Enroll deadlines.

For more information, we encourage you to visit these sites: