Scholarships & Financial Aid

The sections below will explain, as simply but as completely as possible, the steps to successfully complete your scholarship/financial aid application correctly and on time. Each section will list the required steps, as well as helpful hints that should clarify the often complex scholarship/financial aid process.

The process, applications, and instructions for new students and for returning students are different:

For New Students

U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens >

International Applicants (all non-U.S. Citizens/Eligible Non-Citizens) >

For Returning Students

U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens >

International Applicants (all non-U.S. Citizens/Eligible Non-Citizens) >

Please use the Net Price Calculator, provided by the U.S. Dept. of Education, tailored to Manhattan School of Music, to give you a basic idea of the amount of aid you may receive. 
Net Price Calculator >

If you are applying using the FAFSA, there have been changes to the process, please read the letter below, this letter is for domestic students only, please disregard this letter if you are an international student.

Dear Student,

The IRS has a new system in place for students and parents to directly import their tax information into their FASFA and send a Tax Transcript to school. It is important to not change any of the information on the transcript so verification can be processed without any further documentation. This process partially eliminates the need to supply your tax returns to us. The quote below explains some of the logic in using this system.

“Since most applicants can quickly and easily access IRS data through the FAFSA-IRS Data Retrieval process, we no longer consider it reasonable for an institution to accept anything less reliable than direct IRS-supplied evidence for verification of income data. Therefore, if an applicant selected for verification has not successfully transferred information from the IRS, or one who did transfer the information but then changed it, the Department expects the institution to require the applicant, and if necessary the applicant's parents, to provide an official IRS transcript of their Federal income tax information.”

Using this system will save both you and Manhattan School of Music time in completing the financial aid process as we begin to assist you with obtaining financial aid. There are some stipulations on whose IRS tax transcripts we need and they are as follows:

  • If you are listed as an Independent on your taxes, only your tax transcript is needed
  • If you are listed as a Dependent on your taxes, your tax transcript is needed as well as your parent’s transcript
  • If the parents are married but file separate tax returns, then the original tax returns are needed

The data from your taxes will be available for the FAFSA after two weeks if you filed electronically. If you do not file electronically, the data will not be ready for 8 to 10 weeks. All the instructions are posted on the FAFSA On The Web-FOTW

If you cannot retrieve the data from the website there are other options to get the tax transcript to MSM. They are as follows:

Request Method Where? What? How? When? Direct to Third Party
Online Paper Mailed 5-10 Days No
Telephone 1- (800)-908-9946 Paper Mailed 5-10 Days No
IRS Form 4506T-EZ Paper Mailed 5-10 Days Yes

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at


Daniel J Kelleher
Financial Aid Coordinator

[i] William J Taggart, COO, Federal student aid, Department of Education

Financial Aid

Jacqueline Felder

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Adam Ghiloni

Director of Financial Aid

Daniel J Kelleher

Financial Aid Coordinator

Fax: 212-749-3025