New Fall 2016 Applicants (and current CIM students applying for a new program):
Students seeking need and merit financial assistance must complete the steps outlined below. Due date for 2016-2017 applicant aid request documents is March 1.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking need-based aid (work study, grants, and/or loans) must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with CIM school code 003031. The FAFSA is required annually for any federal student aid, as eligibility for the programs is year-specific. Please view our list of helpful tips and use the 16-17 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to gather your information prior to going to the FAFSA website.
After the FAFSA has been processed, you will receive the results via the Student Aid Report (SAR). It is very important to promptly review the SAR, especially the comments section, for accuracy.
- NetPartner Application
All CIM applicants seeking need-based aid consideration must complete the NetPartner Application online at http://netpartner.cim.edu. This applies to all categories of students: undergraduate/graduate and any country of citizenship (U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents/International applicants).
Once the NetPartner Application is submitted, you cannot make corrections online. If you discover an error, please print and hand write any corrections in the appropriate places and fax that copy to the CIM Financial Aid Office at 216-707-4519.
- Transfer Clearance Form
Required of any applicant currently enrolled at a U.S. college/university who will not have completed their current program at that school before classes would begin at CIM. This is also required if you have previously deposited and signed an Intent to Enroll Form with another school. This is required for ANY scholarship or award consideration. If your current school is a member of NASM, National Association of Schools of Music, we are not permitted to make any aid offer to you without this signed form on file. If your current program of study will be complete prior to classes starting at CIM, this form is not needed, as you are not considered a transfer applicant. The form may be downloaded here. The form also requests a copy of your current financial aid (if any) at the school you are considering transferring away from.
- Copy of pages 1 and 3 of current I-20
This is only applicable to international students currently enrolled at a U.S. school in an F-1 visa status. Please mail, scan/email (email attachments must be clearly labeled in PDF format) or fax the requested pages of the I-20 to the CIM Financial Aid Office via the contact information found above. This item is not necessary for current CIM students applying for a new program, if you are a currently enrolled student at CIM.
- For applicants seeking admission beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, these items are due March 1. Be sure to file the appropriate 16-17 forms.
Additional Filing Information
For the FAFSA, you do NOT need to have your 2015 tax return completed; you may estimate the AGI and tax paid figures to meet the 3/1/2016 deadline. Please update your FASFA when the tax return has been finalized by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool. No federal need-based aid may be disbursed until the final 2015 tax return data is updated on the FAFSA through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or a copy of an official IRS Tax Return Transcript is submitted to CIM.
Graduate students are automatically classified as "independent" for aid purposes on the FAFSA, regardless if parent(s) claims the student as a dependent or not on their tax return or if the parent(s) supports the student in any way or not. There is no parental data needed for a graduate student FAFSA.
If you miss the due date for the required financial aid documents, be advised you may have significantly reduced opportunities for aid consideration for all funds. Funding for many programs is limited and priority is given to those who meet all published deadlines. For newly admitted students, once the Intent to Enroll Form is signed (due April 15/Graduate, May 1/Undergraduate) all CIM aid is final. If you are seeking any scholarship consideration, that must be final prior to confirming Intent to Enroll as we do not offer scholarships after Intent to Enroll is on file.
For the complete list of key dates and helpful tips for completing the financial aid application process, please view the Applicant Financial Aid Timeline.
CIM will notify admitted students of their aid offers, if applicable, by April 1. You will have until April 15 for graduate students and May 1 for undergraduate students to make your decision to attend CIM. Your requirements to confirm your intent to enroll will be detailed for you at that time.
Depending on the individual student, there may be additional items needed to complete the aid file, particularly for transfer students and international students currently enrolled at a U.S. school. All applicants will receive a student-specific email from the CIM Financial Aid Office detailing what you will need to submit.
Merit Only Aid
CIM initially assumes all applicants seeking admission to CIM seek consideration for both Merit and Need based aid. However, a student may opt to be considered for Merit Only aid or for no aid at all.
Merit Only applicants may be offered only CIM Scholarship, which is awarded based upon our faculty reviews of the audition and CIM's anticipation of student potential in addition to test scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, etc.
If you prefer to apply for only merit aid (or no aid at all, if you intend to be a full-pay student if admitted), please email the Financial Aid Office of your intent at email@example.com. Upon receipt of your email, CIM will waive the aid application documents applicable to need based aid consideration.
Students who do not submit the documents listed above for need-based consideration by March 1, will only be considered for merit aid. We ask you to let us know in advance if this is your intent, so we may waive these items from your file instead of sending repeated reminder messages about them. We will NOT re-evaluate a Merit Only Scholarship award later if need-based documents come in after a financial aid award has been made.
Returning Students (in same program)
CIM Scholarships auto-renew at the same dollar amount for the normal duration of the program of study, assuming the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, meets Satisfactory Artistic and Academic Progress criteria and submits all aid renewal requirements on time as requested by the Financial Aid Office. Only the CIM Scholarship auto-renews annually. All other aid requires annual FAFSA application and award amounts may vary year to year.
Annual consideration for Federal Grants, Work Study and Loans requires:
- Renewal FAFSA priority due date 5/1/2016
All federal aid has year-specific eligibility. Students returning in the same program must re-apply for these programs annually by submitting the FAFSA by May 1. Some federal programs have very limited funding and such funding fluctuates considerably to each school annually. Just because a student received an award from a fund one year does NOT mean it can or will be offered the next year, as the student's eligibility may change, CIM funding for that program may change, and the student's overall financial need as compared to the other students also seeking this form of aid may change. Each year, many students are not considered for Work Study or other limited funded programs simply because they did not submit the renewal FAFSA on or before May 1.
To complete the FAFSA, you do NOT need to have your 2015 tax return completed; you may estimate the AGI and tax paid figures to meet the priority deadline. Please update your FASFA when the tax return has been finalized by using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool. No federal need-based aid may be disbursed until the final 2015 tax return data is updated on the FAFSA through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or a copy of an official IRS Tax Return Transcript is submitted to CIM; if the student or parent is not required to file a 2015 federal tax return, the applicable Verification Form with copies of W-2, 1099 or other income sources must be reviewed.
- If you miss the priority due date for the required financial aid documents, you may still submit them late, but be advised you may have significantly limited opportunities for aid consideration for all funds. Funding levels for many programs is limited and priority is given to those who meet all published priority deadlines.
For the complete list of key dates and helpful tips for completing the financial aid renewal process, please refer to the Returning Student Financial Aid Timeline.