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VanderCook College of Music

Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?

female on laptopFinancial 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 100% of its undergraduate students.

Our Financial Aid Office will work with you to make your education at VanderCook affordable. 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 to meet your educational expenses. VanderCook’s 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?

For information about tuition and fees, click here.

Getting Started

Click here to get started with financial aid.


Please feel free to visit our FAQ page or contact us directly. 

Walter Thompson
Director of Financial Aid
[email protected]

Student Resources

2023-2024 College Catalog

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

Schedule a Campus Visit or Audition

Contact Admissions at
312.788.1120 or

The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded the Midwest Clinic: An international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college symphonic band invited to perform every year.

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

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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