2024-25 Financial Aid Application for Returning Families
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE COMPLETING APPLICATION:

Only CMSS students currently enrolled should use this application to apply for financial aid. Applications for new students may be found at communitymusicschool.com/registration.

Thank you for your interest in receiving financial aid from the Community Music School of Springfield. We are dedicated to providing you an equitable and inclusive center of excellence in music and arts education. CMSS offers need-based financial aid to students of all ages. Financial aid recipients may receive funding for one year of lessons (August 2024- June 2025). Notification of awards will be emailed to you; awards are stated as specific discounted amounts and are valid for the full academic year.

You may fill out this Financial Aid Application before registering for lessons or classes. Registration for fall 2024 opens in early April.

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Applicants may choose to show proof that they are currently receiving SNAP Benefits (also known as an EBT card) to automatically qualify for Tier 7 financial assistance, in which CMSS covers 40% of the lesson tuition. Showing proof of current SNAP Benefits also eliminates the need for you to answer additional financial questions on this application.

Or, if applicants do not currently receive SNAP Benefits, or if you believe you will qualify for additional financial aid (Tiers 1-6), in which CMSS covers up to 56% of the lesson tuition, you may submit form 1040 of your 2023 Federal Tax Return and answer additional financial questions on this application.

To learn the Tier of your current financial aid award, refer to your current 2023-2024 CMSS invoice, or email Rachel Rivard, Director of Faculty & Education, at info@communitymusicschool.com.

Please note that your application is not complete until your supplemental financial documentation (1040 tax form or proof of EBT Card) has been submitted. We suggest you email a clear photo or a scanned file of your documentation to info@communitymusicschool.com.

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Important Information for all Applicants:

1) Funds are limited and applying for financial aid does not guarantee that it will be awarded. A complete application form and supplemental financial documentation (a current EBT card or Form 1040 of your 2023 Federal Tax Return) are required in order to be considered for a financial aid award.

2) Because funding is limited, priority for financial aid is given to current CMSS students who submit their financial aid application before the returning family priority deadline (March 1st). Financial aid for new students, if available, will be granted to qualifying families who complete their application by the general application deadline. After March 1st, 2024, financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis until all funds have been depleted.

3) Those students who have made less than satisfactory progress according to teacher evaluation, not registered on time, not submitted their financial aid application on time, and/or not paid any owed balance by prescribed deadlines may be placed on probation or denied financial aid funding outright. Funding for subsequent semesters during the year will be contingent upon the student’s ability to meet CMSS standards of good attendance, progress and practice, adherence to CMSS policies and procedures, and availability of funds.

If financial aid is granted, the applicant must accept the financial aid award via an online form (link will be included in the award email), complete the CMSS registration process online, and make a deposit in order to fully register and accept the financial aid award.

**ONLY GMAIL USERS WHO ARE SIGNED INTO THEIR GMAIL ACCOUNTS CAN SAVE THEIR PROGRESS AND RETURN TO THIS APPLICATION TO COMPLETE IT AT A LATER DATE. NON-GMAIL USERS CANNOT SAVE THEIR PROGRESS AND MUST COMPLETE THE FORM ONCE THEY BEGIN IT. **

After submitting this form, you will be emailed a copy of your responses along with this text so that you have the details in this form for your records.
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