Financial Aid

Pre-college programs for every goal

Need-based financial aid

You may apply for financial aid if your total family income is less than $35,000 per year, or if your student currently qualifies for their school’s free or reduced price lunch program. Financial aid applications are handled with strict confidentiality.

There are three steps in the financial aid process.

Step 1

Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Tuition payment is not required at this time. Pay only the registration fee and financial aid fee at this time. 

Step 2

Contact the Office of Pre–College and Summer Programs at musicsp@indiana.edu or 812-855-6025 to get a financial aid form.

Fax or mail the completed form with these items:

  • Photocopies of Parent/Guardian’s most recent Federal Tax Form 1040
  • Copies of W2s

Step 3

Once the tuition waiver has been determined, you will be contacted by email and given further instruction.

At that time, you will be able to return to your student’s record using the same user name and password, and pay remaining fees.

Your student may begin lessons while financial aid is being determined. If no financial aid is awarded, the entire amount will be owed. If you have questions regarding your financial aid application, please contact the Office of Pre–College and Summer Programs.

Artistic merit awards

Only three programs make artistic merit awards available: Pre-College Ballet, IU Children’s Choir, and Young Pianists.

Each program has specific requirements you must fulfill to apply for the award. 

Merit Scholarships are only available to students who have been in the program at least two semesters and are in levels Ballet 4 through 8 because of the numbers of classes these levels require.

The pool of scholarship funding is limited so those students granted an award will receive an amount between 15% and 50% of the total tuition due each semester, depending on how many students apply and other qualifications like attendance records and circumstances determined by the Pre-College program director in consultation with other senior faculty members.

To apply for an Artistic Merit Award:

  1. Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Pay the $15 registration fee as the tuition payment is not required until the scholarship amount is granted.
  2. Have your student write and submit an essay about why ballet is important to them. What do they enjoy about taking ballet? What do they appreciate when watching ballet? What attributes have they gained from studying ballet? What do they want to accomplish in ballet in the year ahead? 
  3. Please include specific information on how long the student has studied dance; what other activities they have done or continue to do; and any particular achievements or performances they have done.
  4. Submit your essay either in person to the program director Sophia Fatouros, Office 308, or by email to balletpc@indiana.edu by the deadline. 

Awardees will be contacted by the Pre-College Ballet program via email two weeks after the due date. Please contact Pre-College Ballet Program Director, Sophia Fatouros, for any questions or information about the awarding of merit Scholarships. 

Merit Awards are only available to students who have been in the program at least one semester.

For information about Artistic Merit Awards, please contact: Director Brent Gault at bgault@indiana.edu or 812-855-7993.

To apply for an Artistic Merit Award:

Step 1: Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Pay only the $15 registration fee. Tuition payment is not required at this time.

Submit a written letter request for consideration of merit award. Please include which program you are applying for.

Mail your request to: Director Brent Gault

IU Jacobs School of Music
Merrill Hall 006
1201 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Letter Criteria: State the reasons why the student deserves a merit-based award. The determination of merit awards is based primarily on

  • talent and proficiency as demonstrated in performance and lessons, progress, and work ethic (evaluated in consultation with the principal teacher)
  • Information provided in the application letter
  • Successful past participation in IUCC or other pre-college music programs.

Be specific when writing your letter of request. Among the topics you may wish to address:

  • Musical activities past and present: recitals, school or church performances, music clubs, summer music camps, etc.
  • Any musical accomplishment you are proud of
  • Additional considerations: tell us anything else you feel we should know; e.g. the student's feelings about music, dedication, or musical ambitions; or  special circumstances you would like us to take into account.

Note: Competition for merit awards is intense, and the budget is small. Students who are young and have not studied choir for long are unlikely to receive merit aid. Letters requesting merit awards should be concise and to the point. Renewal letters can be very brief. The director will consult with an applicant's teacher regarding lesson attendance, practice habits, general progress, etc.

If you have any questions or if your situation changes due to new financial or medical circumstances, please contact us.

Competition for merit awards is intense, and the scholarship budget is small. Students who are young and have not studied piano for long are unlikely to receive a merit award. In determining awards, the Director will consult with an applicant's teacher regarding general progress, lesson attendance, practice habits, etc.

Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Pay only the $15 registration fee. Tuition payment is not required at this time. Email your request for a merit award to Dr. Karen Taylor at karmtayl@indiana.edu.

What to include in your Letter of Request:

State the reasons why the student deserves a merit-based award. The determination of merit awards is based primarily on the following:

  • Exceptional ability and promise as demonstrated in performance and lessons
  • Progress and work ethic (evaluated in consultation with principle teacher) information provided in the application letter
  • Successful past participation in Young Pianists or other Pre-College music programs

Be specific when writing your letter of request. Among the topics you may wish to address:

  • Musical activities: recitals, school and church performances, music clubs, summer music camps, etc.
  • Musical achievements: honors and awards received, competitive auditions won, performances in master classes or selective events, scholarships or grants for music study
  • Other considerations: tell us anything else you feel we should know; e.g. you may want to mention the student's feelings about music, dedication or musical ambitions; or you may want to discuss special circumstances you would like us to take into account

Once the award has been determined, families will be notified by email. At that time, return to student's record using your previously created user name and password, and pay remaining fees.