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Unavailable until July 1, 2021

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 minor student and are contingent upon re-enrolling for each separate session (fall, winter, spring, summer) during the academic year. Financial aid is available for one class, camp, or set of lessons per (18 and under) student per session. Continued receipt of financial aid is contingent upon timely registration each session, 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.**

For those with a household income of 150% or less than the FPL, the first ten registrants per year are eligible to receive a 95% financial aid discount.  Awards are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis each year 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 year, 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 may be ineligible for discount.

If you need assistance for a minor child to participate please do complete an application. Even if you do not meet the FPL guidelines, we may be able to help. We want all children who wish to participate to be able to do so.


CMS Programs eligible for financial aid: 30 minute private lessons (additional time can be added at regular rates), Suzuki (with 30 minute lessons and 45 minute group classes: additional time can be added at regular rates for private lesson portion), Ensembles, Music for Young Minds, Choirs, DE Youth Wind Ensemble, and Camps.

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

*With approval from CMS director a financial aid discount may be available for an additional class, camp, or set of lessons per session; however, the additional program will never be dicounted more than 50%.

**Please black out Social Security numbers from tax forms.

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  • School of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578