Financial Aid

LACM’s goal is to provide quality support to all our students and parents needing Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Office administers various federal, and institutional aid programs to help LACM’s students finance their education.


LACM is excited to offer scholarships to our well-deserving applicants. Students must demonstrate exceptional musical potential as determined by our Scholarship Committee and awards are based upon a variety of factors including audition material and academic history.

Financial Aid

Before considering Federal Financial Aid you must have/be the following:

  1. U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens
  2. Enrolled in one of the LACM approved programs
  3. Not been previously defaulted on student loans
  4. Exceeded their annual and/or aggregate student loan limits for a particular award year.
  5. Valid Social Security Number
  6. High school diploma or equivalent

Requirements for the Federal Financial Aid include:

  1. Males between the ages of 18 and 26 must be registered with Selective Service
  2. Maintaining satisfactory academic progress while attending LACM
  3. Satisfactory repayment status of prior Federal student loans
  4. Satisfactory payment arrangements of prior Federal grant over payments

Request FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application

  • Complete the FAFSA Application
  • In order to submit your application online, you must first apply for a PIN to use as your electronic signature (parents of dependent students must also apply for a PIN).
  • Once you have received your PIN, return to the website to complete your FAFSA and make sure to enter LACM’s School Code: 038684.

The Financial Aid Director is available to meet one-on-one to examine each individual situation, and help to generate ideas or the best funding solution for students and their families.



LACM is excited to offer scholarships to our well-deserving applicants and students. Students must demonstrate exceptional musical potential as determined by our Scholarship Committee and awards are based upon a variety of factors including audition material and academic history. Incoming applicants must opt-in for scholarship consideration on their application to be reviewed. Notification of any scholarship award is typically sent 1-2 weeks following your admissions decision.

LACM also provides scholarship opportunities for current students who wish to continue their education with our college as they transition into their later quarters of study in the Bachelor degree program. Please use the guide below for more information on how to apply for our continuing student scholarships. 

Continuing Student Scholarship Guide

Additional Scholarship Resources
We encourage you to investigate outside scholarship opportunities for incoming college students. Listed below are examples of some outside sources that provide scholarship opportunities for music students. Please note that LACM or any affiliation with our institution, does not guarantee or affect any scholarship award/consideration from any third party organization.

If you have questions regarding eligibility requirements, please contact the scholarship sponsor directly.

  1. National Federation of Music Clubs
  2. National Association for Music Education
  3. BMI Foundation
  4. The ASCAP Foundation
  5. Kerope Zildjian Concert Scholarship
  6. The John Braheny Scholarship Fund
  7. Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship
  8. Musical America – Scholarship Resources
  9. Majoring in Music – Scholarship Resources
  10. Benjy Grinberg Scholarship
  11. Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
  12. National Association for Music Education
  13. Music Forward Foundation
  14. Fulbright Scholarship

Student Institutional Grant

Student Institutional Grants are a partial tuition grant based on many factors, including, but not limited to demonstrating a financial hardship. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as funds are limited, and reviewed in the order the application has been received. Applications will be reviewed only when fully complete, including all supplemental materials. Applicants will be notified by email regarding the grant committee’s decision.

To apply, students must:

  • Be an accepted student to LACM
  • Demonstrate a financial hardship
  • Complete Federal Financial Aid (FASFA) Application (Domestic Students Only)
    • Exhaust all Eligible Federal Financial Aid, including PLUS
  • Non-immigrant International Student F-1 or M-1 status (International Students Only)

In addition to a completed application, you will need to include the following:

  • Personal statement (500 Word Max)
  • Supplemental financial documents, proof of financial resources
  • Parent/Guardian information, if applicable
  • Tax returns, 2 years, if applicable
  • Bank Statements, last six months, if applicable

Upon accepting a Student Grant, the student must:

  • Maintain a 2.0 while enrolled at LACM
  • Be enrolled in 12 credits at LACM

For more information, please contact the LACM Financial Aid Department.

Veteran's Benefits

Los Angeles College of Music is an approved school by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE). Veterans, active duty service persons, reservists or otherwise eligible members (such as spouses and dependents) may be eligible to qualify for various VA educational assistance programs.

Applicants must first check with the Veterans Affairs Administration Office to see if they qualify for benefits. Any student who wish to enroll at LACM must provide a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Students who have questions about their benefits should contact the U.S Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The Veteran Coordinator at LACM will certify the student enrollment based on their COE and will serve as a direct liaison between LACM and the Veteran’s Administration regarding underpayment, overpayment, or non-payment of VA educational benefits. All Veterans, including those on active duty, should call the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551 to obtain the appropriate application for benefits. Information and forms are also available online at

Students who receive VA educational benefits are still required to select one of the school’s primary financing options to cover educational costs and related expenses not covered directly by the VA. All payments must be made in accordance with the school’s financial policies and procedures.

For any students using VA Education Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®) or Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA (up to 90 days), the school will not:

  • Prevent their enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee;
  • Require they secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

To qualify for this provision, such students are required to:

  • Produce a VA Certificate of Eligibility or an eBenefits GI Bill® Statement of Benefits by the first day of class;
  • Provide the school a request to be certified;
  • Provide any additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in the school’s institutional policies.

Any student receiving VA benefits while attending LACM is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended school and submit them to LACM ‘s Registrar Office for review prior to credit.

LACM is proud to collaborate with the Veteran’s Administration to provide VA Yellow Ribbon benefits to qualified students. Students who are eligible to receive VA benefits under the post-9/11 GI Bill® may be considered to receive additional funds from LACM under this program.

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces applying to LACM, who are not the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, must make arrangements to pay tuition through means other than veterans (VA) benefits (e.g., cash or financial aid). Students receiving Post 9/11 benefits (Chapter 33) will have any eligible tuition payments paid directly to the school. All housing allowances (BAH) will be paid directly to the student. Students receiving other forms of VA benefits (Chapters 30, 35, 1606 /1607) will receive their monthly benefit directly from the Department of Veteran Affairs. LACM will guide veterans through the application process, but cannot determine eligibility, and accepts no responsibility for payments made directly to students. Please contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator for a list of required documents for enrollment certification and any additional questions at 626-568-8850,