Financial Aid at CIM consists of grants, scholarships, loans and work study. Learn more about the details of each type of aid available to undergraduate students.

CIM 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 has a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (see SAP policy) and 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

CIM Grant

Applicants with the most significant documented financial need who meet all aid application requirements and deadlines are eligible for CIM grants. Consideration for the CIM grant requires completion of the FAFSA (U.S. citizens/permanent residents only) or CSS PROFILE (international applicants) by February 1, 2018.

CIM grant renewal will require annual FAFSA and/or NetPartner application. If the student's financial need remains relatively unchanged, the award would likely renew at the same dollar value.

cim endowed scholarships

These named awards are generally not applied for directly. Instead, CIM will consider all applicants and/or currently enrolled students, per the specific criteria set by the donor(s) of these awards at various times throughout the academic year. In most cases, they do not represent additional aid, instead are the funding source behind all or part of the student's existing CIM Scholarship award (may be for one year or multiple years). Award amounts may fluctuate annually. If you are selected as a recipient of any of these awards, you may be asked to write a letter of thanks to the donor and may be asked to participate in various CIM events recognizing the award(s).

Federal pell grants

The Pell Grant is a need-based Federal award that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility and award amount is determined by the U.S. Department of Education to eligible first time bachelor degree students. Eligibility is strictly based on the annual FAFSA results. The higher the FAFSA EFC (Expected Family Contribution), the lower the Pell Grant. Read more information about Federal Pell Grants, 

federal supplemental educational opportunity grant

FSEOG does not have to be repaid and is a need-based Campus Based Federal grant administered by CIM. Priority is given to students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. CIMFSEOG awards rarely exceed $1000, due to limited funding.

state grant aid

Many states have established state grant and/or scholarship programs that may be available to eligible students. Students must apply for these state programs individually (generally via the
FAFSA). These grants and/or award amounts are not always available at the time CIM prepares initial award packages and award amounts and disbursement timing is subject to the applicable state’s budget appropriations and approval. Please refer to your own state agency for more information.

Outstanding scholar award (national merit finalists)

National Merit Finalists who confirm their intent to enroll at CIM are eligible for the CIM Outstanding Scholar Award. This award offers $1,000 per semester for the normal duration of your program (8 semesters for Bachelor of Music or 10 semesters if you are a dual degree student with Case). Eligible Bachelor of Music applicants must submit a copy of their National Merit Scholarship Finalist Certificate to the CIM Financial Aid Office no later than March 5 to obtain this award, if admitted. For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, click here.

SPHINX MUSIC assistance fund scholarship

Up to one student per year may be selected as the recipient of a full tuition scholarship to an eligible SPHINX competition participant.

veteran's benefits

Students, who are veterans of the armed services or dependents of veterans, should review their educational benefit options through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Veterans

  1. Apply for educational benefits through the DVA.
  2. Notify CIM's Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

Dependent of a veteran:

  1. Your parent transfers a portion (or all) of his/her benefit to you through Transfer of Entitlement.
  2. After the transfer is approved, apply for the educational benefit through the DVA.
  3. Notify CIM's Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran's educational benefits.

Documentation needed: 

  1. Veteran: a photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility sent to you by the DVA.
  2. Dependant of a veteran: a photocopy of approved Transfer of Educational Benefit (TEB) from your parent AND a photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility sent to you by the DVA.
yellow ribbon program

Up to five students annually may be awarded this CIM Match support to accompany the VA GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon award as a veteran benefit. The combination of the CIM Yellow Ribbon Match and any other CIM funded grant aid(s) will be at least $20,000, renewable for the normal duration of the program, so long as the student remains an eligible recipient of the GI Bill and maintains a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA. The student or parent must qualify for 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program. Applicants must disclose that status to the CIM Financial Aid Office by February 15 for consideration. If there are more than five eligible students, returning students get first priority. Any remaining openings are determined by the date the student's complete application for admission was submitted, and earliest application date gets first consideration. 

outside scholarships

CIM encourages students 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. The listings are not exhaustive.

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 a 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 one way to help, do not neglect to investigate other sources of information, particularly 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 the following Web sites for more information:International Education Financial Aid   EduPass

Music Scholarships

General Scholarships

Scholarship Search Engines

work study

Encourages community service work as well as employment within CIM. You are paid by the hour on a semi-monthly basis via paychecks or direct deposit. Work Study does NOT get credited towards your tuition bill. You only get paid if you work. Jobs are secured by students during the Job Fair held during the first week of classes in the fall and a list of any remaining open jobs is posted on the Financial Aid Bulletin board year-round. These awards are taxable income subject to withholding and require a U.S. Social Security number and applicable tax/new hire forms. Work Study information is available here; job descriptions are coming soon.