Our scholarships are need and merit-based and is given in the form of a scholarship which reduces the cost of tuition. Approximately 60% of our students receive some form of scholarship.

We are committed to bringing together diverse, talented and committed students from all backgrounds and to making it possible for families to help their students reach their fullest potential as artists and scholars. Therefore, we encourage each family who feels they may need financial assistance inquire about our Scholarship Program.

Every year, Idyllwild Arts Academy uses the Independent School Management FAST (Scholarship for School Tuition) program to produce an unbiased analysis of your family’s financial need. FAST uses the information you give us to estimate what your family can contribute toward tuition. FAST decides neither whether you will receive scholarships nor how much you will receive; FAST merely helps Idyllwild Arts Academy achieve its goal of making fair and reasonable decisions about scholarships.

The scholarship evaluation takes into account more than just a family’s net income. We also evaluate a combination of many different factors in a family’s ability to afford to provide their child with a world-class arts education at Idyllwild Arts. We realize each and every family’s situation is unique.

In order to apply for scholarships, please click the following link and complete the application by the stated application deadlines.

Start Your Scholarship Application 

For more information please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), or contact the Admission and Scholarship Office at 1.951.659.2171 x2347 or email Jara Ruiz-Anchia at

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Scholarship FAQ’s

Who can apply for scholarships?

Any family may apply. Determining your family’s contribution toward your child’s education at the Idyllwild Arts Academy is complex, and many factors are taken into consideration. Income is only one component used in the process of determining scholarship awards. If you think you will need some assistance in paying for your child’s education at the Academy, do not hesitate to apply for scholarships.

What does the scholarship award cover?

The scholarship award is applied toward tuition, room and board. The additional fees (private lessons, ESL, film fee, incidental account, refundable deposits, books, spending money) are not covered by the scholarship award.

When should we apply?

Since a decision on your request for scholarship cannot be made until all the required documents are received, it is important to begin the process early and complete it by the stated deadlines.

How does the Scholarship Committee determine if we qualify for scholarships?

The Scholarship Committee uses three criteria to determine if a family qualifies for scholarships and the amount of that aid. The first criterion is family need, indicated by the summary sent to the Academy Admission Office by the FAST. We use this summary to determine your initial qualification. Your statement of need  is also reviewed to obtain further information regarding your family’s financial situation. (International families: Information is obtained through your bank statements, monthly income and documentation of property value.) The second criterion is the artistic ability of the student, determined by the admission audition and letters of recommendation. The third criterion is the artistic needs of the school. In an arts school, there are certain artistic requirements that must be fulfilled in order to meet the needs of the individual arts departments. These needs are taken into consideration in determining the amount of scholarships a family may be awarded.

When will we be notified of the Scholarship Committee’s decision?

Families who have completed the process will be notified by via email and/or phone after the stated notification date.

Does the Scholarship Committee consider special circumstances when making a decision?

The Committee will consider special circumstances as long as a request is made in writing and the circumstances are well documented. Requests and documentation must be on file before the Committee makes a decision.

Is the scholarship award a loan?

No. The scholarship award is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

Is there an in-house payment plan available for the remaining balance of tuition and fees?

Yes. The Academy Business Office will help need based parents living within the country to work out details of a payment plan. If your family is seeking a payment plan, the arrangements must be worked out immediately after accepting the scholarship award.

Is the admission decision affected by our request for scholarships?

No. The Admission Committee does not know which students are applying for scholarships. Your scholarship information is kept confidential and is reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.

If we receive scholarships this year, will we automatically receive scholarships next year?

No. However, it is the philosophy of the Idyllwild Arts Academy to continue scholarship support for returning students who qualify. The criteria for qualification include family need and the continued academic, artistic and social growth of the student. Each year new documents must be submitted prior to the Scholarships Committee making a determination.