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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

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Interlochen Arts Academy offers both merit and need-based financial aid. Merit scholarships are based on the student's portfolio or audition materials while need-based scholarships are based on a review of family income and other financial factors.

In order to be considered for either type of aid, the family must submit a financial aid application. Interlochen Arts Academy is excited to offer families an easier way to apply for financial aid. We have adopted the Clarity Application to help determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.

How to Apply

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Step 1: To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account.

Step 2: Fill out and submit the Clarity application.

The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time.

Step 3: Pay the Clarity application fee.

At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.


Helpful Resources:

  • Review the 2024-2025 Quick Reference Guide. It provides an overview of what to expect and answers some of the most common questions. La guía también está disponible en español.
  • If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.