Tuition & Fees

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The Conservatory's tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is ($21,200 per semester). Tuition for the 2017-2018 year will be set by the Board of Trustees in spring 2017. The following is a breakdown of charges for different types of matriculation on a yearly and per semester basis:

2016-2017 Tuition:

Full-time student(undergraduate and graduate)
$42,400 annually / $21,200 per semester

Part-time student, per academic credit(undergraduate and graduate)
$3,736 annually / $1,868 per semester

Private instruction for part-time student (one hour lesson per week)
$16,960 annually / $8,480 per semester

Minor instrument instruction(available to full-time students only)

  • One hour lesson per week: $9,480 annually / $4,740 per semester
  • One half-hour lesson per week: $4,740 annually / $2,370 per semester

Full-time students who wish to register for credits in excess of 18.5 in the fall or spring (not counting ensembles) must pay a per-credit fee of $1,868.

2016-2017 Fees and Deposits, per Semester:

Application Fee(non-refundable): $110
Enrollment Reservation Deposit (refundable only if student has registered): $500
Library/Security Deposit (new students only): $50

Comprehensive Fee (per semester): $425
Health Services Fee(per semester): $80
Term Payment Plan Fee:(per semester): $50

Late Registration Fee
First week:$250
Each subsequent week: $50
Late Payment Fee: $75
Late Tuition Payment Plan Fee:$25
Non-Sufficient Funds Fee: $25Transcripts (one issued without charge; fee charged for all subsequent transcripts): $10

Payment of Tuition and Fees

The $110 application fee must accompany the Application for Admission ( The $500 enrollment reservation is required of all students and is credited to the tuition payment due for the fall semester. The enrollment reservation is non-refundable if the student fails to register, and is due from new graduate and postgraduate students by April 15 and from new undergraduate students by May 1.

The balance of fall tuition and fees must be paid when fall classes begin, and the spring tuition and fees must be paid when spring classes begin. Students may also enroll in the Term Payment Plan which requires a $50 enrollment fee. More information can be found on the Term Payment Plan page.

Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card:

  • Checks can be mailed to the Conservatory, in care of the Business Office, or they can be brought in person. Checks should be made out to "The San Francisco Conservatory of Music "or "SFCM".
  • Credit card payments can be made over the phone or in person.
    • You may mail in your credit card information to the Business Office. If you do so, please include the Card Number, Expiration Date and Billing Address and your name as it appears on your credit card.
    • Foreign credit cards are accepted.
    • Please DO NOT email your credit card information. As part of our PCI Compliance, we don't send or receive credit card information in unencrypted forms.
  • If you wish to wire funds to the Conservatory, please contact Jan Vierra at for further instructions.

Health Insurance

All full-time students (12 credits and more) are required to have medical insurance. All domestic, full-time students who are not covered under a comparable U. S. issued health insurance policy must purchase health insurance offered through the Conservatory before being allowed to register. All international, full-time students must purchase health insurance offered through the Conservatory before being allowed to register. Students enrolled for less than 12 credits (part-time status) are not eligible to buy insurance through the Conservatory. Students who take a leave of absence may also be ineligible to continue their health insurance policy through the Conservatory. Students enrolled in Optional Practical Training (OPT) are eligible, but not required, to enroll. More information can be found on the Student Health Insurance Plan page.

Student Housing

Housing at The Panoramic is:

  • Shared/Double Studio: $6,050 per semester
  • Shared/Double room within a Suite: $6,050 per semester
  • Single room within a Suite: $6,990 per semester

For students continuing in housing with our Columbus Residence partners, the cost is $6,075 per semester.

Dining Plans

The Conservatory offers students two dining plan options through Café Crème. The first option is the "Silver Dining Plan" and is $900 per semester. The second option is the "Gold Dining Plan" and is $1800 per semester.  Participation in a dining plan is optional and selection will occur in July; details will be emailed to all returning and new students in July.  If a plan is selected, the cost will be placed on the student's term bill each semester; then, each month funds would be placed on a Café Crème card. 

Cost of Attendance

Students should come to the Conservatory fully prepared to meet their tuition, fees and living expenses. Prospective students should be realistic about providing for their schooling and living expenses while attending the Conservatory. Part-time jobs may be available through the school or in the community, but it is unrealistic to think that a student can fully cover tuition and living expenses through such employment.

Although living expenses will vary considerably, the following figures should help students plan a budget for the academic year:

2016 - 2017 SFCM Student Budget
(budget is based on 9-month academic year)
Budget Category Living with Parents Living in Resident Hall
Double Room
Per Semester
Tuition $42,400 $42,400 $21,200
Comprehensive Fee $850 $850 $425
Health Services Fee $160 $160 $80
Total tuition and fees $43,410 $43,410 
Estimated additional student expenses
Books and Supplies $950 $950  
Food and Housing $6,750 $15,700  
Personal $3,000 $3,000  
Health Insurance *** ***  
Total Budget $54,110 $63,060  
  1. Budgets are for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  2. Expenses are estimated and will vary from student to student except for tuition and fees.
  3. Personal expenses include toiletries, clothing and entertainment.
  4. This is the budget that will be used for purposes of Financial Aid.
  5. If you have any questions please call the Financial Aid Office at 415-503-6214 or 415-503-6235

***All full time students are required to have health insurance. The cost of the Student Health Insurance Plan is estimated at $2,478 (fall is $1,032.50 and the spring and summer is $1,445.50). All students will have this charge on their student billing account until waved with proof of insurance and a signed waiver form.

Estimate Your Bill for fall 2016 and spring 2017

At this time we cannot provide an official Billing Statement until a student has registered for classes. Tuition and fees are not assessed until they have registered because tuition can change based on type of registration (full time, part time, more-than-full time) or if the student enrolls in a minor instrument, etc. Furthermore, the Business Office will not receive an official record of Financial Aid awards or Health Insurance waivers until mid January.

However, you can estimate your bill with the following information:

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Tuition and Fees:

Tuition: $21,200 (based on standard full-time enrollment)
Comprehensive fee: $425
Health Services fee: $80
fall Health Insurance: $1,032.50 - if enrolling in SFCM plan**
spring Health Insurance: $1,445.50 - if enrolling in SFCM plan**
TOTAL Tuition and Fees without Health Insurance: $21,705
TOTAL Tuition and Fees with Health Insurance: fall $22,737.50, spring $23,150.50.

** The Health Insurance fee increases from the fall to the spring semester. In the fall, the fee covers five months (August 1 through December 31). In the spring it covers seven months, which includes the summer (January 1 through July 31) so the fee is increased.

To calculate your own balance due:

If you have accepted any financial aid awards, subtract the amount that applies to the spring semester.
NOTE: these values are often given by the year. Make sure to only subtract half of that, or the spring portion of that aid.

If you will be living in The Panoramic or Columbus Housing please add the applicable fall semester housing costs.

If you did not attend for the fall semester, and have paid an enrollment deposit, that amount will be applied to the first semesters tuition; subtract $500.
NOTE: this ONLY applies if you did not attend the fall semester.

If this is your first term at the Conservatory, add $50 for your Library Deposit.

This should be your total amount due for the fall semester.

If you wish to enroll in the Term Payment Plan (TPP) your balance due will be divided into four equal payments, and the $50 enrollment fee will be due with the first payment. More information can be found on the TPP page.

Contact the Business Office

Business Office
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-6011

Jan Vierra, Student Accounts Administrator

Shula Aliac, Senior Accounting Manager