All applicants offered admission to CCPA are considered for artistic scholarships. 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

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.

Additional questions may be addressed to Dean Patrick Zylka.