Financial Aid

Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. We are here to help talented students and their families manage the cost of quality music education through a wide variety of sources. Conservatory financial aid awards generally include gift assistance (SFCM scholarship, federal and state grants) and self-help assistance (loans and work opportunities). The recipient may accept all or any part of the aid offered. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at (415) 503-6235 or (415) 503-6214.

In addition, a number of students receive financial assistance from outside sources such as state scholarships, local musical clubs, etc. Many students also help finance their educational costs through loans, installment payment programs and part-time employment.

Students who are United States citizens or permanent residents applying for any federal financial aid need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be found at Federal aid includes Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Direct Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, Perkins Loans, and Work-Study. Our federal school code for the FAFSA is 001278.

International students applying for Conservatory scholarship assistance, merit included, must complete the International forms found here, which include the Institutional Certification of Finances and the CSS/FinancialAidPROFILE, our school code for this is 4744.

All first-time domestic financial aid applicants, who are applying for any need- based San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship are required to complete the CSS/FinancialAidPROFILE . The school code for this is: 4744.

Students planning to attend the Conservatory are encouraged to apply for local, state and national scholarships for which they may be eligible. High school counselors have information on these awards. If you are a California state resident, please visit to apply for the California State Grant. The deadline to apply for this grant is March 2nd. Please keep in mind that both your FAFSA and California State Grant Application must be completed before this deadline.

Office of Financial Aid:

Doris Howard
Director of Financial Aid 415.503.6214