Back to top

Tuition and Registration Information

The Academy tuition includes the full curriculum, including private lessons.

Since every student in the Academy receives a merit scholarship based on the audition in the first year, the Academy does not provide need-based financial aid, although there are discretionary awards in dire circumstances as determined by Academy staff. Merit scholarships range from 15% to 65% of the tuition.

In the first year, the scholarship is based on the audition and roster openings. In the following years, the merit scholarship process includes an annual jury, which evaluates technical and artistic progress. In addition to the jury performance, other criteria that inform scholarship decisions include a review of absences, ability to accomplish classroom goals, classroom preparedness (in music theory, master classes, keyboard classes, orchestra, and chamber music), and a contribution to the overall success of the program by demonstrating citizenship and volunteerism. Regular homework and exams are also a part of the theory curriculum. Payment plan options are available to all families. 

 2024 - 2025 Academy Tuition : $12,000

Installment Plan

Under the installment plan, your semester tuition is divided into four payments each semester -- (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) and (Jan, Feb, March, April). Special payment plans may also be arranged with Academy Executive Director, Sue Polutnik.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Rose Vakili
Registration & Billing Manager

847.448.8335 {please leave a Voicemail if calling M or Th}


Merit scholarships are awarded to every Academy student. The level of the award is based on the performance at the initial audition and subsequent annual juries. In addition, many other factors weigh into the merit scholarship process: musical and technical proficiency; music theory preparation, homework, and test scores;  chamber music and orchestra preparedness; piano class preparation and homework; performance forum (recital) participation; attendance and schedule flexibility; general attitude and spirit of volunteerism; program engagement and community service. Merit scholarships are announced at the end of August prior to the start of the Academic year in September. To fulfill scholarship obligations, students are required to perform at select Music Institute of Chicago functions and volunteer for various community service events.

Donate to the Academy

The Music Institute of Chicago relies on the generosity of donors to provide scholarship support to the Academy's highly talented and deserving young musicians.

In addition, contributions make possible the Academy's world class faculty and guest artists.

For more information, please contact:
Sue Polutnik
Academy Executive Director