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VanderCook College of Music is committed to providing opportunities in higher education.

VanderCook College of Music awards financial assistance to over 90% of its undergraduate students in a combination of institutional, state, and federal student assistance programs. Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to make your education at VanderCook affordable. We know that a VanderCook education will pay lifelong dividends and is worth a long-term investment in your potential. At VanderCook, 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.

VanderCook recognizes that many students need financial assistance beyond family resources to meet college expenses. Meeting the cost of a college education requires a partnership among federal, state, private and institutional student assistance programs.

Cost of Attendance

A cost of attendance budget is provided to students to assist in determining actual expenses for the academic year. The list of estimated expenses is not a bill. It merely includes expenses that are charged by the university, such as tuition and fees. Books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses are not charged by the university on the student bill. An individual student’s charges may vary based on many items such as housing selection and lab fees. Total amounts owed to the university will vary on a year-to-year basis depending on these items and the current tuition rate.

2019-20 Sample Budget for Undergraduates

Tuition: $27,120 (based on 12-19 credit hours)

Fees: $1,950

Room & Board at IIT: $11,060 (assumes a two-person room and unlimited meal plan)

Books & Supplies: $1,000 

Transportation/Personal: $2,310 (recommended)

Other Fees: $1,300

For a more detailed breakdown of undergraduate tuition and fees, as well as tuition rates for the Teacher Certification Entitlement, Master of Music Education, and Master of Music Education with Certification programs, please click here.

Tuition is the cost of attending classes at VanderCook College of Music. As a private institution, VanderCook does not charge different rates to in-state and out-of-state students. Your estimated tuition is based on enrollment plans provided on the FAFSA.

Fees include mandatory fees required of all students such as the Service Fee, Activity Fee, Technology Fee and CTA Ventra Card Fee. The CTA Ventra Card allows students unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority's public transportation while school is in session. A  Criminal Background Check Fee will be applied to all new undergraduate, master's and certification, and entitlement students in their first term.

Room and Board includes the estimated housing costs for a student's nine-month academic year. This amount is based upon housing plans provided on the FAFSA. Actual expenses may vary based on actual housing selection. For more information on the Illinois Institute of Technology's housing and meal plan options, please visit the IIT Housing website.

Books and Supplies are materials purchased for class. The cost of books and supplies are not billed by the university. Students may purchase them at the university bookstore, and actual costs may vary depending on class requirements.

Transportation/Personal Expenses include allotment for travel within Chicago and assistance with travel to and from the university at the start and conclusion of the nine-month academic year as well as university breaks. Personal expenses include various expenses a student may incur during the academic year, such as clothing, toiletries, laundry, etc.

Other Fees can include but are not limited to instrument rental fees, lab fees, techniques class fees, recital, graduation fees, and loan fees. You can see a full list of other fees on the Tuition and Fee Schedule. Loan fees are charges assessed by the Department of Education for borrowing Federal Student Loans. Loan fees are deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement a student receives.

Please note: The Department of Education does not assess loan fees for students who do not accept Federal Student Loans.


VanderCook College of Music

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

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