As noted, all students accepted to the Manhattan School of Music are considered for MSM Scholarships with approximately 50% of students receiving funding from between $5,000 to full tuition. Other forms of financial assistance include federal grants, work-study programs, loans, the New York State Merit Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program, nonfederal loans, and third party scholarships.

You can find a list of all types of aid available to you at MSM here.

As with all applications to music school, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize opportunities for receiving financial aid. Grants and loans from FAFSA can help pay for the cost of attending the Manhattan School.

Is the Manhattan School of Music Right for Me? 

After considering the faculty, cost of tuition, and program offerings, the next question is whether you want to live in Manhattan? The city that never sleeps is not for everyone, but you cannot understate the importance of New York City in the musical world. For a great discussion of the pros and cons of attending music school in New York City, check out my article: Should You Go to Music School in New York City? 6 Pros and 5 Cons Revealed.

Another important factor to consider beyond living in New York City is your long-term career goals. Are you comfortable attending a school devoted to music? If you want to study music while also receiving a liberal arts degree, you might want to look elsewhere, such as Bard College Conservatory of Music or Yale University.


For the Manhattan School of Music and many other schools, the application process can be confusing and difficult to navigate. There are many parts to understanding how to truly and successfully succeed in the audition process

If you are interested in attending college for music, and you would like to receive high level assistance in how to audition, interview, and master the college application for MSM or any other music school, check out Music School Central’s College Counseling Program.

Click here to find out how we can help you or the musician in your family achieve your musical dreams.