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Performing Arts Scholarships

All applicants who are admitted to CCPA and file the FAFSA are considered for merit scholarships. International students do not need to file the FAFSA to be considered for aid.

CCPA applicants are not eligible for academic scholarships through Roosevelt University. 

Scholarship Criteria

We consider three areas when awarding scholarship:

  1. Strength of the audition (or portfolio for Music Composition applicants).

    Audition strength is determined by audition scores and faculty comments.

  2. Needs of the school.

    In order to maintain the correct balance of music and theatre students, the programmatic needs of CCPA are considered.

  3. Financial resources of the student.

    While CCPA does not have the resources to meet all financial need, this will be taken into consideration when determining awards.  Financial need is demonstrated via the FAFSA (US Citizens and Permanent Residents) or submitted financial statements required for the student visa (International students).

CCPA scholarship funding is automatically renewed annually in the same amount provided students are registered full-time and meet all the requirements within their conservatory's Scholarship Agreement.  Scholarship Agreements for both the Theatre Conservatory and the Music Conservatory may be found below.

Each student is considered for scholarship on an individual basis, and scholarship awards are never discussed with other applicants. It is also expected, and considered your responsibility, to not discuss your award with other students/applicants.

Students majoring in violin, viola, cello, or double bass who are pursuing a Master of Music degree and are also regular members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago are eligible to participate in the Civic Fellowship program. Civic Fellows receive a full tuition scholarship which is a combination of their Civic stipend and CCPA funding. For further information, please contact Dean Patrick Zylka

CCPA's Enrollment Office is available for questions about financial aid throughout the admission process.

Scholarship Forms

Theatre Conservatory Scholarship Agreement - These are the standard terms for all theatre students (new and returning) who have been awarded a CCPA Performing Arts scholarship.

Music Conservatory Scholarship Agreement - These are the standard terms for all music students (new and returning) who have been awarded a CCPA Performing Arts scholarship.

Scholarship Appeals for Current Students

Current CCPA students may appeal to be considered for additional scholarship funding each semester they are registered full-time and are in good academic standing.  All appeals must be submitted to Dean Zylka by email and must be received by the last day of classes in an academic semester for consideration for an increase starting in the following academic semester.  Appeals must address the following three items:

  1. A brief sketch of the student's financial situation;
  2. How much additional assistance the student is requesting; and
  3. Accomplishments since starting at CCPA. 

Appeals may be included within the body of an email or as an attachment to an email.  There are no requirements regarding number of pages, font, margins, or any other format issue.  Students are welcome to request that faculty send letters of support to Dean Zylka, though they are not required within the process.

Additional questions may be addressed to Dean Patrick Zylka.