To apply for any type of Federal Student Aid you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the FAFSA website. You must ensure that the Royal College of Music is listed in your application. Doing this will generate a Student Aid Report (SAR) which the RCM will use to assess your eligibility for student aid.
If there are any comments on the SAR you will need to address these and correct the FAFSA accordingly. In some cases you will need to send us documents demonstrating that the highlighted problem has been resolved.
Students are advised to apply for Stafford Loans first, as these are the most beneficial loans available. You will be required to complete the application process annually for each successive academic year.
Apply for Federal Student Aid
When you have completed your FAFSA, please inform the RCM by completing our notification form. We need the information in the form in order to locate your FAFSA.
Notify the RCM
Please alert us once you have completed your FAFSA so that we can confirm your name has appeared on our system. We will require all of the following information:
- Your full name (exactly as you applied to FAFSA).
- Your date of birth.
- Your US Social Security Number.
- Your Royal College of Music UCAS Conservatoires ID number.
Master promissory notes
You will have to complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each type of loan you wish to borrow. The US Education Department's rules for foreign schools are different from those in the US and you will have to sign an MPN for each year of your course at the RCM and for each type of loan (Direct or PLUS) you take out.