Financial Aid

The mission of Community Music School is to successfully provide the inspiration and opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, based on family need. In addition, CMS awards a limited number of merit-based scholarships to selected students.

  • Financial aid is available only for students up to age 18, or to students who are 18 or 19 completing their senior year of high school. In accordance with Federal Poverty guidelines, CMS awards tuition assistance to each family based on income and the number of dependents in the household. Typically, CMS is able to fund no more than half of the cost of music lessons for those families with the greatest need.
  • Available funds are determined at the beginning of each fiscal year (July 1) and are distributed on a sliding scale. Financial aid awards are valid only for the current fiscal year and students must re-apply by August 1 each year. During the school year, aid is approved on a rolling basis as applications are received, until our available funds are depleted.
  • Financial aid is limited to 30-minute private lessons and group classes. Only students who have studied at CMS for at least one year, have shown exceptional progress, and attended all scheduled lessons may apply for financial aid for 45 or 60-minute private lessons or to study an additional instrument.
  • In order to maintain their financial aid award, students are required to attend all lessons (with the exception of excused absence due to illness) and must show satisfactory progress in technical exercises and repertoire with positive evaluations by the teacher.
  • Community Music School reserves the right to discontinue financial aid for any student at any time due to lack of interest, repeated absences, behavior problems, tardiness, or delinquency in tuition payments. After more than one unexcused absence, aid will be suspended. Full tuition will be charged for the unexcused absence and must be paid before lessons can resume.
  • Financial aid does not include the initial interview lesson, the annual registration fee, instrument rental/purchase, or instructional book purchases.
  • There are no additional discounts for students receiving financial aid. If the student qualifies for a merit-based scholarship, aid will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Funding is limited. If your financial situation improves, we ask that you inform the office as soon as possible in writing so that we may help another deserving student.


Review the Financial Aid Policy above before completing the PDF form below. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide a complete picture of the household’s financial situation by supplying all required documents listed on the form. Applications without the required documents will not be considered. Completed applications and documentation can be mailed to CMS, 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18102, emailed to, or dropped off at the front office.


Financial Aid ApplicationSolicitud de ayuda financiera