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Tuition & Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?Research

Financial aid is designed to bridge the gap between the resources of students and their families and the cost of attending VanderCook College of Music. Although VanderCook’s tuition costs are less than those of many colleges and universities, parents and students may need help meeting yearly expenses.

VanderCook College of Music awards financial assistance to 90% of its undergraduate students.

Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to make your education at VanderCook College of Music affordable. At VanderCook College of Music, we realize that no two families are the same, and our Financial Aid Office will work with you to create a financial assistance plan and payment plan to meet your educational expenses. VCM Financial Aid staff help in both the search for financial aid and the application process. Be aware that specific deadlines and refund requirements apply to financial aid applicants and can affect eligibility.

What types of financial aid are available?

Students may qualify for loans, scholarships, and/or grants.  Learn about the types of financial aid available by clicking HERE.

If you are a Veteran please visit the information page to learn what options are available by clicking HERE.

What is the tuition at VanderCook College of Music?

VanderCook College of music offers a few levels of study.  Please visit the information page for information about tuition and fees by clicking HERE.

Getting Started

Click HERE to get started with Financial Aid.

View the Financial Aid Handbook for more information:


VanderCook College of Music Financial Aid Office

Staff of the Financial Aid Office will:

  • Refrain from taking any action for personal benefit.
  • Refrain from taking any action that is contrary to law, regulations, or the best interests of the students and parents we serve.
  • Ensure that information is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
  • Be objective in making decisions regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity involved in the making, holding, consolidating, or processing of any student loans, including anything of value for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity.
  • Disclose to the institution any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
  • Inform students and their parents that they may select any lender of their choosing.
  • Promptly certify any loan from any lender selected by a borrower.

Have any questions about your financial aid awards?  Please feel free to visit our FAQ page or contact us during regular business hours, Monday - Friday 8:00am–4:00pm (Central Standard Time).

Sirena Covington
Director of Financial Aid

Kristen Gogol
Financial Aid Assistant


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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