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Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to those that cannot afford the cost of lessons or classes with UD CMS at full cost. At CMS, we understand that there are many reasons why you might not currently be able to afford our programs, and we are happy to help when we can.

Financial Aid awards are given on an annual basis per student and are contingent upon re-enrolling for each separate semester during the academic year. Financial aid is available for one class, camp, or set of lessons per student per semester.  Additional registrations are available at regular price. Continued receipt of financial aid is contingent upon timely registration each semester, punctual arrival to scheduled lesson times, and efficient communication with instructors.

All pages of the UD CMS Confidential Application for Financial Aid​ (CMS-CAFA) must be completed once per year to remain eligible and all additional documents must be included.  If you cannot include all the documents as requested or your situation is unique, please include a letter of explanation.  Financial aid awards are based upon the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) guidelines.

We attempt to provide some financial aid to all who apply.  For those with a household income of 150% or less than the FPL, the first ten registrants per semester are eligible to receive a 95% financial aid discount.  Awards are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis each semester and are based upon the date of the receipt of the CMS registration (and completed CMS-CAFA).  Once ten applicants have been awarded the 95% discount in a semester, any additional applicants are eligible for the following discounts:  150% FPL - 50% discount; 133% FPL - 60% discount; 100% FPL - 75% discount.

Applicants with a total household income of 200% of the FPL are eligible for a 35% discount. Applicants that make more than 200% of FPL are ineligible for discount.


CMS Programs eligible for financial aid: 30 minute private lessons (additional time can be added at regular rates), Suzuki, Percussion Ensemble, Child Group Piano Classes, Adult Group Piano Classes, Music for Young Minds, Choirs and Camps.


Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance or additional information:  (302) 831-1548 or communitymusicschool@udel.edu


• UD CMS Confidential Application for Financial Aid​​


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