Arts Academy Boarding High School: Financial Aid

Affording Interlochen Arts Academy

All families who feel the cost of attendance may be prohibitive are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Interlochen provided more than $10 million in financial aid to help eligible young artists attend the 2017-18 school year. All available funding is used to make sure every admitted student has a chance to attend the Arts Academy.

Financial Aid Process

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Start and submit the FAST Application for Financial Aid.
    Interlochen Arts Academy partners with Financial Aid and School Tuition (FAST) to process financial aid requests. To get started, click the FAST icon to the right. There is a $43 fee to process the application. Fee waivers/vouchers are not available.

Step 3:

  • Complete 2016 and 2017 federal income tax return.
    Options for submitting documents to FAST:
    • Mail hardcopies. This is the best and easiest way to submit your documents. Please be sure to plan ahead so your documents are received by FAST ahead of any deadlines. Independent School Management, ATTN: FAST Processing Center, 1316 North Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806
    • Scan documents. FAST will accept documents scanned into their system using a tool within the application.
    • Please note FAST does not accept documents via email, fax, or file upload.

Guidance for Decision Periods

  • Early Decision applicants: Please submit the FAST application along with the required 2016 taxes by November 15, 2017 deadline.
  • Regular Decision: Please submit the FAST application along with the required 2016 taxes by February 1, 2018 deadline. Your 2017 taxes must be submitted no later than March 1, 2018.
  • Spring Decision: If applicable space and funding remains, we will be considering applications. Please submit the FAST application, 2016 and 2017 taxes by May 1, 2018. 

Special Instructions for International Applicants

Instead of tax returns, families from outside the United States or Canada must submit an official letter, in English, from the employer of each parent/guardian that verifies employment, current salary, and other compensation.

Financial Aid Policy

In order to be considered for financial aid, families must submit a FAST application and tax returns by the stated deadlines.

All parents/guardians must participate in the financial aid process. Admission to Interlochen Arts Academy is competitive, and consequently, merit-based scholarships are not offered.


The FAST application is now open. If you are applying for financial aid, the application for financial aid must be submitted concurrently with the application for admission as the admission notification and the financial aid package are issued at the same time. Please see the How to Apply page for decision periods and deadlines.

Tuition and Post-Enrollment Payment Options

Additional Guidance

FAST Resources

Additional Sources of Funding
Outside of Interlochen's financial aid budget, scholarship opportunities are very rare for secondary education. Many families have found success with various fundraising efforts within their local community and family/friends, through various social media/crowdfunding sites, or securing a private loan. Please note that Interlochen does not offer private tuition loans.


For assistance and technical support with the FAST application, please call their toll-free number 877.326.FAST (open 24/7), email, or visit their Help Center.

Additional questions or concerns may be directed to our Financial Aid Counselor: