Tuition, Financial Aid & Scholarships

An Arts Education Is For All

While we wish we could offer unlimited support to all of our talented applicants, our financial aid and scholarships are subject to availability. Being part of a diverse community lifts every student up, and we encourage every family interested in Idyllwild Arts to apply. 


Art Majors


of Students Receive Financial Assistance

$50,000 – $65,000

Average Boarding Tuition and Fees for Financial Aid Recipient


Understanding Your Financial Situation

 Idyllwild Arts Academy utilizes the Independent School Management’s FAST (Scholarship for School Tuition) program for unbiased financial need analysis, which helps Idyllwild Arts make fair and reasonable decisions about scholarship awards. Our evaluation considers various factors beyond net income, accounting for each family’s unique financial situation. Please note that after February 1st, financial aid is extremely limited and not guaranteed for Fall 2024. 

Reserved for incoming new students.

Recognizing Your Achievements

A merit scholarship is a financial award granted to students based on their portfolio or audition materials.

Idyllwild Arts offers a limited number of annual merit scholarships, including:

General Merit Scholarships

Art Chair’s Award – $5,000
Global Scholar Award – $10,000
Presidential Award – $15,000

Departmental Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are available across disciplines based on institutional needs.

Ensuring Access

 Idyllwild Arts is committed to supporting and empowering Indigenous students in their educational goals while  honoring cultural heritage and artistic contributions. Thanks to the generous support of our benefactors (listed below), we have scholarships available for both Academy and Summer Program with award amounts based on need and institutional resources. . 

To apply, you will need your Tribal ID and your (or your parents’) most recent tax return.  You may also be asked to submit a one-paragraph bio and a letter explaining how you will benefit from the program and put your education to use.

For eligibility information, email Tara Sechrest, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Strategic Partnerships, at: You can also learn more about our Native American Programs and Scholarships.

Special thanks to the generous benefactors of the Idyllwild Arts Native American Arts Program, who make these scholarships possible:

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians | Cahuilla Band of Indians | Chickasaw Nation | Morongo Band of Mission Indians | San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians | San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians | Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians | Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations | Anonymous Foundation

Affiliated Programs

The L-Fund is a non-profit organization located in Palm Springs, CA, that provides funding to Lesbians/Translesbians for Education, Financial Assistance, Health and Wellness, and the Arts. For more information, visit their website or contact or 760-304-8487.

Financing & Insurance

Tuition Financing

Explore convenient financing options for your Idyllwild Arts education at, or download the Tuition Solution Pamphlet.

Tuition Insurance

Idyllwild Arts Academy offers “Protect My Tuition,” an insurance program designed to protect the investment you make in your child’s education. For more information, download the Tuition Insurance Guide.

Tuition Management

Idyllwild Arts parents often manage tuition and payments using an online platform called Blackbaud. Important information and frequently asked questions are addressed in the Tuition Management Pamphlet which is also available in Spanish.

2024-2025 Cost of Attendance

In-State Boarding Tuition: $65,600
Domestic Boarding: $75,900
International Boarding: $78,700
Domestic Day Tuition: $34,000
International Day Tuition: $39,100
Average Boarding Tuition and Fees for Financial Aid Recipient = $50,000 – $65,000

Semester Tuition

Domestic Boarding: $38,500
International Boarding: $42,900
Domestic Day: $20,900
International Day: $26,400

Download the 2024-2025 Financial Supplement

Frequently Asked Questions

More Questions?
Please contact Tara Sechrest, Vice President,
Enrollment Management & Strategic Partnerships:
951.659.2171 ext. 2345

Any family may apply. Determining your family’s contribution toward your child’s education at Idyllwild Arts Academy is complex, and many factors are taken into consideration. Income is only one component used in the process of determining scholarship awards. If you think you will need assistance paying for your child’s education, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship.

The scholarship award is applied toward tuition, room, and board. Additional fees (private lessons, department fees, incidental account, books, spending money) are not covered by the scholarship award.

Since a decision on your request for a scholarship cannot be made until all the required documents are received, it is important to begin the process early and to complete it by the stated deadlines.

The Scholarship Committee uses four criteria to determine if a family qualifies for scholarships and the amount of that aid. 

  1. Family need, indicated by the summary sent to the Academy Admission Office by FAST. We use this summary to determine your initial qualification. Your statement of need, also known as the Parent Letter, is also reviewed to obtain further information regarding your family’s financial situation. (For international families, information is obtained through your bank statements, monthly income, and documentation of property value that you include in FAST.) 
  2. Artistic ability of the student, determined by the admission audition and letters of recommendation. 
  3. Artistic need of the school. In an arts school, there are certain artistic requirements that must be fulfilled in order to meet the needs of the individual arts departments. 
  4. Academic standing of the student, based on transcripts and letters of recommendation.

Families who have completed the student admission application and FAST will be notified about an award amount if and when they are sent an acceptance email and contract.

The Committee will consider special circumstances as long as a request is made in writing and any requested documentation is provided.

No. The scholarship award is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

Yes. When a family receives an acceptance contract, payment plan options are provided.

No. The Admission Committee does not know which students are applying for scholarships. Your scholarship information is confidential and is reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.

Idyllwild Arts Academy continues scholarship support for returning students who continue to qualify, based on family need and the continued academic, artistic, and social growth of the student.