Arts Academy Boarding High School: Financial Aid

Affording Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen recognizes that choosing an independent school is a major financial decision for any family. While some sacrifice is appropriate for something as crucial as children's education, we acknowledge that financial aid is necessary to ensure the Arts Academy remains accessible to all qualified students.

Interlochen provided more than $10 million in financial aid to help eligible young artists attend during the 2016-17 school year. All families who feel the cost of attendance may be prohibitive are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Admission to Interlochen Arts Academy is competitive, and consequently, merit-based scholarships are not offered. All available funding is used to make sure every admitted student has a reasonable chance to attend the Arts Academy.

Your Financial Aid Application

To apply, please submit the following to FAST:

  • FAST Application for Financial Aid. To get started, click the FAST icon below. There is a $43 fee to process the application. Fee waivers/vouchers are not available.
  • Complete 2015 AND 2016 federal income tax return. 2016 tax returns must be received by FAST before an offer of financial aid can be made.
  • Special Instructions for International Applicants: Instead of tax returns, families from outside the US or Canada must submit an official letter, in English, from the employer of each parent/guardian that verifies employment, current salary, and other compensation.

Options for submitting documents to FAST:

  • Mail hardcopies. This is the best and easiest way to submit your documents. Please be sure to plan ahead so your documents are received by FAST ahead of any deadlines.
  • Scan documents. FAST will accept documents scanned into their system using a tool within the application.

Please note FAST does not accept documents via email, fax, or file upload.

Financial Aid Policy

While Interlochen commits a significant amount of resources to financial aid, the number of qualified applicants and overall budgetary constraints do influence the Financial Aid Committee's decisions. Interlochen is committed to helping as many eligible applicants as possible and has established the following policies and principles to make the process fair to all applicants:

  • The primary responsibility of financing a student's education rests with the family.
  • Every family must contribute to their child's tuition. Full scholarships are not offered.
  • Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition. If a parent chooses not to work, the Financial Aid Committee imputes an annual income for a non-working parent.
  • In the case of divorce or separation, Interlochen requires both parents to file a separate but linked application for financial aid. Interlochen is not bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent is not responsible for educational expenses nor is it bound by court orders or divorce decrees. Interlochen considers every parent responsible for his or her child's development and educational success, regardless of custodial or marital status.
  • If requesting financial assistance, a family should invest in their child's education before elective expenses such as secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive automobile leases/purchases. The Financial Aid Committee does not consider these and other elective expenses when determining eligibility for assistance.


The FAST application opens on Oct. 1. Financial aid decisions are issued at the same time as admission decisions. Please see the How to Apply for Admission page for decision periods and deadlines.

Please email The Office of Financial Aid at if you have any questions.