Financial Aid & Tuition

LSM tuition: $3,495
Half Session: $1,750*

LSM tuition includes all instruction, activities, room, and board. We strive to make LSM affordable for families with our generous financial aid, so please contact us at for more information.

*Financial aid in any form is not available for LSM Half Session.

Early Application Discounts 

  • Current Seasonal Discount: Apply before September 30th, 2017 for a $500 discount

Family Financial Aid Scenarios


                                                    Example One

Example One Financial Aid

                                                      Example Two

Example Two Financial Aid

Note: These tuition scenarios are only examples. Actual financial aid breakdown may vary.

Need-based Assistance

Based on your family's most recent 1040 tax form and special circumstances as noted on your application. 

Merit-based Scholarships

These are awarded to students who show strong musical and technical proficiency as demonstrated by a submitted audition recording. These scholarships range from $100 to a maximum of $500.

Match Grants

Donations from a community organization or church are eligible to be matched by LSM at 33% percent.

Match Criteria

  • Planned match funds must be denoted on the student application.
  • Funds must be received no later than May 15, 2016.
  • LSM will only match funds that are received in the form of a check with the business/organization name on it.
  • Funds from individuals do not qualify for an LSM match.
  • The LSM match will be applied to tuition only when the match-eligible funds are received.

Young Musicians Partnership

Congregations or schools who provide a local scholarship(s) of at least $500 for students to attend LSM qualify for this partnership. LSM will give each student from a partner member a $300 discount, and the scholarship will qualify for a percentage match. Learn more and enroll in the Young Musicians Partnership.


If you know someone who would make a great addition to the LSM community, we'd love to have them join us! When you recruit a new student to attend LSM, both you and your recruit will receive a $100 tuition discount and special recognition during LSM. Nomination forms must be submitted before your recruit submits their online application.

Refer-a-Friend Nomination Form

Transportation Grants

This grant can help offset the travel expense for students who must travel a great distance to reach LSM.

Youth Symphony Discount

Students actively participating in a Youth Symphony program will receive an automatic $150 tuition reduction.

Lutheran High School Discount

All students from Lutheran high schools will receive an automatic $150 tuition reduction.

Post-LSM Scholarship Opportunity

LSM is a superb pre-college experience for young musicians. To support our work, many Lutheran colleges offer any student who attends LSM and goes on to attend ther school a scholarship through our Collegiate Partnership. Click here to learn more.

Fundraising for LSM

Click here for some great fundraising ideas.

*Please Note: To ensure that funds are available to the greatest number of students with demonstrated financial need, LSM reserves the right to determine individual maximums for all financial assistance.