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.
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).
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).
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.
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,
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. CIM FSEOG awards rarely exceed $1000, due to limited funding.
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.
Please note: 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 of the resources available. You might also look into 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:
- Arleen Auger Memorial Fund
- Asian Cultural Council
- BMI Foundation
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Countess of Munster Musical Trust
- Fulbright Program
- Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- Kurt Weill Foundation
- National Federation of Music Clubs
- Sphinx Competition
- Tuesday Musical Association
- Virtu Foundation
- College Prowler No Essay Scholarship
- Education Matters Scholarship
- Jacob Javitz Fellowship
- TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship
- US Bank's Internet Scholarship Program
Scholarship Search Engines:
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.
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.
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).
- Apply for educational benefits through the DVA.
- Notify CIM's Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.
Dependent of a veteran:
- Your parent transfers a portion (or all) of his/her benefit to you through Transfer of Entitlement.
- After the transfer is approved, apply for the educational benefit through the DVA.
- Notify CIM's Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran's educational benefits.
- Veteran: a photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility sent to you by the DVA.
- 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.
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.