Tuition & Fees

The charts below list direct, billable costs for certain subsets of students as well as average potential expenses for most Manhattan School of Music (MSM) students.  These costs are for the Academic Year (9 months from September to May). MSM does not offer a summer semester. When reviewing and making financial choices, please take an in-depth look at your own personal situation to determine expenses you might incur in addition to the direct, billable charges you will have from MSM.

Direct (Billable) Costs if living on campus

2016-2017 On Campus (9 Months)

Tuition

$44,100

General Student Fee

$600

Meal Plan (Bronze)

$2,575

Housing (Double Room)

$9,925

Health Insurance

$2,573

Total

$56,600

Direct (Billable) Costs if living off campus

2016-2017 Off Campus (9 Months)

Tuition

$44,100

General Student Fee

$600

Meal Plan (commuter)

$268

Health Insurance

$2,573

Total

$44,968

Potential additional estimated educational expenses
(9 months)

Books and Supplies

$1,000

Transportation

$1,600

Miscellaneous

$3,000

Total

$5,600

 

General Student Fee

This fee is charged once per year, typically in the fall semester.

Meal Plan

The above meal plan cost is the minimum amount for students living on campus.  This minimum meal plan (Bronze) is sufficient for an average student.  If the student eats most meals on campus, these funds might run out before the end of the semester.  It is important for students to monitor their spending throughout the semester. 

MSM meal plans are declining balance meal plans.  The prepaid amount is applied to the student’s ID card at the beginning of each semester.  Each purchase reduces the balance on the student’s card.  For example, if a student chooses eggs and orange juice for breakfast and it costs $6.00, then $6.00 is deducted from the student's balance. For more information about MSM meal plans, see the list below or contact Residence Life at residencelife@msmnyc.edu

The following are four meal plan options for the 2016-2017 Academic Year (9 months):

  • Commuter $268 (This plan is required of all students who live off campus; it is not available for students who live on campus.)
  • Bronze $2,575
  • Silver $3,605
  • Gold $5,150

Changes to the meal plan can be made for the upcoming semester until the first day of that semester by contacting Residence Life at residencelife@msmnyc.edu.  Additional funds can be added at any time to a student's meal plan by visiting Room 227 in MSM's main building.

Housing

The above housing cost is based on a standard double room that most on-campus students are assigned.  On a limited basis there are a few other options (with cost differences).  Freshman and sophomore undergraduate students are required to live on campus in most cases.  For more information about housing, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@msmnyc.edu

***Health Insurance

ALL full-time Manhattan School of Music students are required to have health insurance that meets the minimum essential coverage requirements set by the U.S. Affordable Care Act.  ALL full-time Manhattan School of Music students will be pre-enrolled in the plan and charged via their student bill. The MSM policy is MANDATORY for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders entering a new program in 2016-17. International health insurance plans are no longer accepted. Domestic students and continuing F-1 and J-1 visa holders will be allowed to submit an online waiver application through the AIG student insurance portal and will be granted a waiver of the school-sponsored plan under certain conditions. Paper waiver requests are no longer accepted. Waiver applications submitted after 08/08/16 will incur a $100 late fee that will be added to your student account bill. 

The MSM-sponsored health insurance plan will cover the student for one full academic year, 08/20/16-08/20/17. Enrollment is for the full year and cannot be changed. If a student takes a leave of absence, withdraws, or changes to part-time status prior to the academic year end, their coverage under the plan will continue through the end of the enrollment period and NO REFUNDS will be issued. Part-time, Exchange, and DMA students in their 3rd year and beyond are not required to submit health insurance information or enroll in the MSM-sponsored plan.  The cost for the MSM-sponsored student health insurance plan for the 2016-2017 school year is $2573.  For more information about the MSM health insurance requirements or for details of waiver eligibility, please visit Student Engagement’s Website (http://www.msmnyc.edu/Offices/Student-Affairs).

New York City Cost of Living

New York City's visual and performing arts scene is unprecedented and MSM's location allows students easy access to all that New York City has to offer.  Having access to so many amenities can lead to a higher cost of living than in other cities.  While it is possible to live in New York City econmically, please be aware of potential higher costs  When planning and budgeting for the year, be sure to take into consideration potentially higher costs. 

Net Price Calculator

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

New York State Financial Aid Award Information Sheet

ESTIMATED Projected Cost of Attendance


2016–17  2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
Tuition and Fees
 
$44,700
 
$45,818
 
$46,963
 
$48,137
 
$49,340

Room and Board
 
$14,508
 
$14,798

$15,094

$15,396

$15,704

Books and Supplies
 
$1,000
 
$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

Miscellaneous 

$3,000
 
$3,000

$3,000

$3,000

$3,000

Transportation
 
$1,600
 
$1,600

$1,600

$1,600

$1,600

Health Insurance 

$2,573 *** *** *** ***
Total
 
$64,808
 
$66,216

$67,657

$69,133

$70,644

Graduation Rate: 72.1%
Median Borrowing Rate: $49,000
Loan Default Rate: 3.1%
National Average Loan Default Rate: 13.7%