At California College of Music, we believe that access to an excellent college music education should be made available to everyone, and we are proud to be one of the most affordable private music colleges in California. Comparable schools often charge more than $40,000 per year for tuition alone. In order to help alleviate the student debt crisis and create a society which includes more economically empowered musicians, California College of Music has set tuition costs that are among the lowest available for a high-quality private college music education.

Financial Support

Federal Students Aid

Click here to view CCM’s Financial Aid Handbook
We are happy to provide federal financial aid for students enrolling in the 12-month Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production program. Students can complete a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) form to receive the funds needed to support their studies based on their need. Please note: you can still apply for our Talent-Based Scholarship and/or Economic Tuition Reduction if applying for a FAFSA.
In order to be eligible, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Have completed a high school education
  3. Have a valid Social Security Number
  4. Be registered with Selective Service (males only between the ages of 18-25 years old)
  5. Be enrolled in the Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production program
    To see how much aid you may qualify for, you must first:
  6. Complete and submit your FAFSA form through Search for California College of Music (school code: 04293000) when prompted.
  7. Stay in contact with our Admissions Department ( for updates regarding your application and award amount.
    For further assistance completing your FAFSA form, please refer to this FAFSA resource page.
    NEW Fall 2021 Applicants
    FAFSA: September 3, 2021
    NEW Spring 2022 Applicants
    FAFSA: March 4, 2022
    For continuing students, you will need to re-submit a FAFSA form every year. Check with to ensure your FAFSA is up to date.

Talent-Based Scholarship

A Talent-based Scholarship at California College of Music is an institutional award which all students can apply for!
Students who receive this scholarship may be awarded up to 10-30% reduced from their tuition.
In order to be considered you must first apply to a full-time program and then fill out and meet the requirements within the Talent-based Scholarship Application

Student conditions and obligations in order to maintain scholarship
Student must pay tuition and fees in full according to the payment schedule in the Enrollment Agreement.
Student must maintain full-time status (a course load of at least 12 units) at all times. A student who must extend his/her program beyond the initial program length as stated in the Enrollment Agreement, whether by choice or due to failed courses, may not reapply for a scholarship or redistribute any remaining scholarship to the new quarter.
Student must attend at least 85% of scheduled classes in every course.
Student must make continuous academic progress each quarter and complete his/her program on time.
Students receiving scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for their scholarship award to be disbursed in each new quarter.
IMPORTANT: The maximum amount of institutional awards (Talent-based Scholarship & Economic Tuition Reduction) combined cannot exceed 30% of the programs tuition. Only new applicants may apply for scholarships; previously or currently enrolled students are not eligible. Scholarships are non-transferable and have no redeemable cash value. All scholarship application information (including auditions, personal statements, and letters of recommendation) is considered final once submitted. California College of Music is not responsible for damage or loss of any submission.

Economic Tuition Reduction

An Economic Tuition Reduction (ETR) at California College of Music is an institutional award reserved for domestic students who can demonstrate significant economic hardship. Students can reduce their tuition by $750-4,500 (depending on program length and need).
In order to be considered you must first apply to a program, fill out the Economic Tuition Reduction Application, and then submit your most recent Tax Return. If you are approved for an ETR award you are also eligible to request a 0% interest monthly payment plan.
IMPORTANT: The maximum amount of institutional awards (Talent-based Scholarship & Economic Tuition Reduction) combined cannot exceed 30% of the programs tuition. Only new applicants may apply for ETR; previously or currently enrolled students are not eligible. ETR awards are non-transferable and have no redeemable cash value. All ETR application information is considered final once submitted. California College of Music is not responsible for damage or loss of any submission.

Veteran`s Benefits

California College of Music is approved to accept veteran education benefits. Eligible veterans, active duty service persons, reservists, or otherwise eligible members (such as spouses and dependents) may student in the following programs:

  • Certificate in Performance
  • Associate of Science degree program in Performance
  • Certificate in Songwriting & Music Production
    During your military service, you have developed skills and disciplines that directly transfer to music study. The strong work ethic and attention to detail cultivated during your service are valuable assets when learning music. We take pride in having veteran students and believe music can be a positive outlet after serving our country
    NOTE: CCM does not approve veterans for educational benefits. The School Certifying Official (SCO) only certifies student enrollment based on veterans’ Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and will serve as a direct liaison between CCM and the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding underpayment, overpayment, or non-payment of VA educational benefits.

Step 1: Apply for VA Education Benefits
Check with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for an excellent step by step road map that will help you determine your benefit eligibility, compare programs, calculate your benefit, collect your paperwork, and apply for VA benefits online. The Department of Veterans Affairs can take at least 45 days to approve your benefits if you are a new applicant. For questions regarding eligibility or remaining benefits, contact VA at 888.442.4551 or visit
Step 2: Apply and Enroll at CCM
Follow and complete our easy 4-step process located on our website at HOW TO APPLY. Within the online application, be sure to indicate under Financial Support Options that you would like to use VA educational benefits. Additionally, all veterans are required to obtain and submit transcripts from all previously attended school(s) for consideration of transfer of credit.
Once accepted into CCM, you must submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or a Statement of Benefits to our SCO in order to attend the mandatory Student Orientation, take placement exams, and register for courses. A submission of your COE, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA, will guarantee the school will not:
Prevent your enrollment into the institution
Assess late penalty fees
Require you to secure alternative or additional funding, or
Deny you access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition & fees to the institution.
All questions regarding the application process and enrollment into the College as a veteran student should be directed to the SCO of CCM. Call 626.577.1751 or email
Step 3: Request Your Benefits Each Quarter
Certification of enrollment is not automatic. To have your certification submitted to the VA, you must meet with your academic advisor by the end of every quarter. You will review current grades, satisfactory academic progress, and upcoming quarter requirements. Upon completion, you will receive final grades and be eligible to register for courses.

Private loan Disclosure

The College is not currently affiliated with ANY lenders that provide private education loans, therefore we cannot provide any preferred lender lists. However, We encourage students to consider Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans first, as they generally have lower fixed interest rates and more flexible repayment options.

Miscellaneous / Optional Fees

Official Academic Transcript
$15 each
Late Application Fee
Late Tuition Pay ment Fee
$100 per week
Change of Program, Emphasis and/or Study Status Fee
Additional Course Cost
(over 17 credits if Full-Time & over 8 credits if Part-Time)
$272 per credit, $380 per credit (International)

Independent Study
Housing Placement Fee
Airport Pickup Fee
Degree/Certificate Replacement Fee

How do i apply?

It’s so easy! See our HOW TO APPLY page for step-by-step guidance through the application process. If you need assistance, contact us directly at (626) 577-1751 or for help.

What are the housing options at CCM?
We do not offer on-campus housing, so detailed information is available at our HOUSING RESOURCES PAGE to enable students to find their own housing in the Pasadena area. For those who still require assistance locating housing, we offer a HOUSING PLACEMENT SERVICE for a one-time fee of $250. Please visit the HOUSING RESOURCES PAGE or contact us at (626) 577-1751 or for assistance.

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