A grant is a type of “gift aid” that does not need to be paid back. The amount awarded is usually based on financial need and is generally provided by the federal government, state government and/or VanderCook College of Music.

VanderCook Grants:10857730_527482695147_6050742558735785657_n

  • VCM Future Teacher Grant
  • VCM H.E. Nutt Academic Excellence Grant
  • VCM Need Grant
  • VCM Dean’s List Grant

Federal & State Grants:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant (Illinois residents only)
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)


A scholarship is a type of “gift aid” that rewards a student for grades, talent, financial need or a specific career interest. Scholarships do not typically need to be repaid, although some scholarships have program requirements and/or obligations.

VanderCook Scholarships:fleischfresser

  • VCM Talent Scholarship
  • VCM James E. Clark Scholarship (for students from Georgia)
  • VCM Lew and Gerry Schmidt Instrumental Music Education Scholarship (for students from Wisconsin)
  • VCM Alumni Association Award
  • VCM Esprit de Corps Award

Other Scholarships:

  • Wisconsin Music Educators Association Scholarship (for students from Wisconsin)
  • Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
  • Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Click here to learn about grants and scholarships available to VanderCook students

Click here to learn about federal and state scholarships


A loan is a type of “self-help” aid that allows you to borrow money from banks or other lending institutions. Since it’s “self-help” aid, it must be paid back with added interest. Loans can be awarded based on financial need (subsidized loans) or not on financial need (unsubsidized loans, PLUS loans, and alternative loans). Your loan eligibility will be determined after your grants and scholarships have been considered.

Types of Loans:fsa_logo

  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan (borrowed by the student)
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan (borrowed by the student)
  • PLUS Loan (borrowed by the parent)
  • Graduate PLUS Loan (borrowed by the graduate student)
  • Alternative Loan (borrowed by the student)

Borrowers for PLUS and alternative loans are subject to a credit check by the lending institution (loans will be denied to borrowers with adverse credit).


Student Employment

Student Employment is an “earn while you learn” program. VanderCook College of Music participates in the Federal Work Study program, and also offers employment opportunities to help cover the cost of attending college. Awards are given to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Most awards are given as hourly pay, but some jobs are available for tuition reduction. Eligibility requirements vary for each type of assistance, so all students are encouraged to apply.

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