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The following steps serve as a guide to obtaining loans for living expenses and fees. This page also includes information about grants available to students. Please do not hesitate to contact the the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
To apply for a federal student loan or federal work study, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Yale School Code: 001426
After receiving the information requested above, the Financial Aid office is able to determine how much a student is eligible to borrow and how to proceed.
YSM Student Work
In additional to financial aid, there are many paid positions for student work. The Music in Schools Initiative and the Undergraduate Lessons program provide teaching opportunities for current students. Students earn $25 per hour if hired for these activities. In addition, pianists may be hired as accompanists, and there are many administrative and operations jobs at the school that pay $11–$15 per hour.
Students coming from countries which have currency restrictions should make necessary arrangements before arriving so that they will have access to funds to be used for living expenses. Also, before an I-20 will be issued, students must give appropriate evidence of support. If you are being supported by a foreign government or agency, you must have a signed statement attesting to the level and time period of your support. There are no loans available for international students.
The Belding Fund provides some financial assistance to students who travel for professional engagements, including performances, auditions, and competitions.
If you would like to apply to the Belding Fund, please read the guidelines carefully and submit a request for pre-approval.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. At the School of Music, the Certificate in Performance program is subject to this regulation. The information provided here describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment.