Tuition & Financial Aid

2020 Festival Costs

2020 Tuition: $3,275 – NO INCREASE FOR 2020!
2020 Room & Board: $1,850*
2020 Premium for a Single Room: $350 payable with tuition
Deposit: $500 non-refundable deposit due 14 days after acceptance

No deductions or refunds will be granted for late arrival or early departure.

*Room and Board fee includes access to University recreation facilities and all necessary University fees.
Festival alumni who reapply and are admitted by March 15, 2020, will receive a $500 tuition credit.

Payment Schedule

  • Within 14 days of dated acceptance letter: Non-refundable deposit of $500 will reserve your place both in the program and residence hall.  Students who do not deposit within 10 days will not be guaranteed housing.
  • May 21, 2020: Last day to withdraw and receive 50% refund of tuition, less housing costs and deposit.
  • June 1, 2020: Full payment of all fees, less any scholarship required. If payment is not received by this date, the student will forfeit their place to a student on the waiting list.
Absolutely no refunds will be given after May 21, 2020 for any reason.

Payment Plans

Once you have been admitted and moved from the deposit stage to the tuition stage, you will be able to make partial payments on your tuition balance, as long as your final payment is completed by May 1st. 
Please ‘Continue’ your application to complete the tuition payment and additional information. If you are not ready to make the full tuition payment, you may make partial payments from now until the deadline. Before the deadline, the full tuition must be paid and all additional information must be submitted.
To make partial payments:
  • In the application, select ‘Pay & Submit’
  • Insert the amount you would like to pay at that time > Pay
  • You will receive a confirmation with the amount that you have paid and what the remaining balance is
  • Repeat these steps until the full payment is complete (before the deadline)

Financial Aid

Over 60% of our festival participants receive some kind of financial aid to attend Sewanee.

Generous endowment support allows us to offer assistance to students based on merit and financial need. All students wishing to be considered for assistance must submit a completed financial aid application (part of the Admission Application) by March 15, 2020. Applications received after this date may be considered if funds are available. Financial aid and scholarship awards are limited. Students wishing consideration for aid are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students are also encouraged to explore funding sources in their own communities and through various organizations, corporations, foundations, and businesses. For more information and a complete listing of currently available SSMF scholarships, visit our scholarships page

*Festival alumni who reapply and are admitted by March 15, 2020, will receive a $500 tuition credit. This is in addition to any other scholarship offered by the Festival.
Scholarship & Work Study 2020

The financial aid application is included in the Festival Application. The priority financial aid deadline is March 15th, 2020. Applications submitted after this date may be considered if funding is available. Award amounts range based upon merit and financial need. SSMF awards two types of aid on the bases of merit and need, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters.

If you do not request need-based financial aid in your application, you will only be considered for merit-based aid.
Merit-Based Scholarships

All students will be considered for merit based scholarship support based on the quality of your application and the needs of the festival. Merit based awards are made early, so if you are interested in a merit award, we suggest you complete your application ASAP.  Merit awards are not based on student or family financial need.

Work Study

To be considered for need based work study, you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Work study students will be expected to complete a set number of hours each week in a variety of tasks based on their experience and skills.  These positions could include work in the office, front of house, library or production/stage crew.

Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and work study aid to attend Sewanee.

Festival Fellowship

Reserved for the most advanced performers, festival fellowships will be awarded based on the quality of your audition video application and recommendation of the faculty.  All festival fellows must be at least 20 years of age or older. Fellowship students will play leading roles in our orchestras, represent the festival in community outreach concerts, composer readings and conductor workshops, and other performance or teaching based tasks as assigned by the staff and faculty.

Read more about the Fellowship Program here.

Scholarship FAQ’s

Can I appeal my scholarship offer?

Yes, and from time to time the festival can increase your award.  However, in order to retain your position at the festival, you must deposit 14 days after being notified of your acceptance to the festival.

If I recieve a scholarship from the festival AND an external award, how do I have that money applied to my tuition balance?

Make sure that the scholarship is sent to the festival office, with a note that is should be applied to your tuition balance.

If I end up getting more scholarship that I needed to complete my tuition balance, can I get a refund?

No, if you receive a scholarship for more than your tuition balance, the difference will be deducted from scholarship you are receiving from the festival.  In other words, students to the festival cannot have a positive tuition balance.

Payment plans are available.