Scholarships and Financial Aid


Need-Based Financial Aid

For Qualifying Instrument and Voice Students

New & Returning instrument and voice students apply every year plus a non-refundable $60 application fee.

Select “Yes” on the Diller-Quaile application to find out more about need-based financial aid. We will contact you.

Complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online. Please visit http://sssbynais.org  Enter our SSS school code #2847 when prompted. If you have technical questions, or need assistance in another language, please contact SSS directly (SSS phone # 1-800-344-8328).

Upload supporting financial documents directly to the Student & School Services (SSS) by NAIS school portal. Include both parent/guardians (if applicable) signed 2018 federal tax returns. We cannot process any financial aid applications without signed 2018 tax returns or proof of lack of income from both parents and/or guardians (If applicable).

Awards are subject to the availability of funds; therefore, we must receive all necessary documentation before June 30th, 2019 We’ll begin notifying applicants in August 2019.

Not supplying this information in time may disqualify your child from being eligible to receive financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year.

If you have questions about the above, or availability of financial aid for 2018-2019, please contact jekins@diller-quaile.org.


 The Irving Caesar Music Scholarship (Grades 5 - 12)

Partial Tuition Scholarship for one Instrumental or Voice Student for one academic year.

Irving Caesar (1895-1996) was a well-known lyricist and composer best recognized for works including “Tea for Two” and “Animal Crackers in My Soup.” Caesar was a native New Yorker whose musical passion and talent led him to collaborate with artists such as George Gershwin, Rudolf Friml, and Gerald Marks. The Irving Caesar Lifetime Trust recognized The Diller-Quaile School of Music as an opportune place to provide young musicians with an excellent education through the Irving Caesar Music Scholarship.

Audition Dates:

Repertoire Requirements: Two contrasting works or movements of intermediate level and above performed from memory. Repertoire must meet or exceed the level of repertoire listed below for students to qualify for an audition.

Audition Requirements:

  • Students must apply to audition.

  • Students who have enrolled/applied for comprehensive program of instrumental or vocal study in grades five through twelve for the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply.

  • New students or current students in good academic and administrative standing may audition.

  • Applications will be pre-screened for appropriate repertoire. Students who submit repertoire that is deemed too elementary will not be given an audition.

  • High School Certificate Program students are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

  • The recipient of the Irving Caesar Music Scholarship must maintain good academic standing in order to retain the award through the year. This includes strong attendance in all weekly comprehensive program elements – lesson, musicianship, and ensemble; and school performances.

This award may not exceed the annual tuition when combined with other awards.
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. The decision of the audition committee is final. Please contact 212-369-1484, extension 26, or lessons@diller-quaile.org.


The Shirley Brown Lindsey Scholarship (Grades 10 – 12)

Partial Tuition Scholarship for one High School Certificate Program student for one academic year.

Shirley Brown Lindsay was the Director of The Diller-Quaile School of Music from 1976-1981. Diller-Quaile was one of the great loves of her life, as was the teaching of music to children.

Audition Dates:

Audition Requirements: Two contrasting works or movements performed from memory

  • Students must apply for this scholarship in order to be eligible.

  • Students who will be enrolled in the High School Certificate Program for the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply and audition.

  • New students and current students in good academic and administrative standing may audition.

  • The student awarded this scholarship from the Shirley Brown Lindsay Scholarship Fund must maintain good academic standing in order to retain the award through the year.

  • This award may not exceed the annual tuition when combined with other awards.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. The decision of the audition committee is final. If you have questions, please contact the Instrumental & Vocal Department at 212-369-1484, extension 26, or lessons@diller-quaile.org


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ABOUT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Q: Does the School offer financial assistance?

A: Yes, the School provides need-based financial aid. Financial Aid amounts are based on proven need as documented by both parents and/or guardians. Financial Aid Amounts are subject to the availability of funds; therefore, please submit your information as soon as possible. Priority is given to returning students and students who apply by the specified deadlines.

Note: we cannot process any financial aid applications without the tax returns or proof of lack of income from both parents and/or guardians. Not supplying this information in time may disqualify your child from being eligible to receive financial aid.

Q: I’m a new student. Can I apply for need-based financial aid?

A: Yes. To begin the financial aid application process, check “Yes” on the school’s enrollment application form where it asks if you would like to receive information about need-based financial aid. There is a required application fee of $60 per applicant, per year. We will then send you a letter and email outlining the next steps to complete your financial aid application (submit PFS online, upload supporting financial documents).

Q: I’m a returning student and received aid last year. Do I need to re-apply?

A: Yes, you must apply for need-based aid for any year in which aid is being requested.

Q: What documentation will I need to submit to apply for need-based financial aid?

A: All families must complete the “Parents’ Financial Statement,” or PFS, online to sssbynais.org and upload a signed copy of both parents’ and/or guardians’ 2017 Federal tax return to the SSS website. If you have questions, or need assistance in another language, please contact SSS (SSS phone # 1-800-344-8328)

Q: I have already applied for financial aid to my child’s other school/s. Do I need to complete the “PFS” form online again for Diller-Quaile?

A: No. However, you must request that SSS forward a summary to Diller-Quaile. Diller-Quaile’s SSS code number is 2847.

 Q: When can I expect to hear about financial aid awards?

A: The School will begin notifying financial aid applicants in August.

If you have questions regarding need-based financial assistance, please contact the School at 212-369-1484.