Financial Aid

Does the Old Town School offer financial aid?

The Old Town School of Folk Music gives financial aid to both children and adults for private lessons and group classes based on financial need. You must show valid proof of family income, which must include income of parents, guardians or any other adults, in the applicant's residence. Financial aid is based on number of dependents and annual household income.

Financial aid ranges from 25% to 75% of the class cost. Any remaining balance must be paid at time of registration. If the financial aid is not used for the session it is awarded, you must re-apply for the following session. Financial aid applications and renewal forms can also be obtained at either of the school's locations.

If your child is currently enrolled in a 16-week class, the student is not eligible for financial aid until the next round of 16-week classes.

Financial aid may not be used for concert tickets or to purchase merchandise in The Old Town School Music Store.

Funds may not be transferred from one student to another. We regret that we can provide assistance for only one class per session.


Financial Aid Application Forms

Click here to download the financial aid application in English.

Haz "clik" aquí para obtener la aplicación para la ayuda financiera.

Click here to download the financial aid renewal form in English.

Haz "clik" aquí para obtener el solicitud de renovación de ayuda financiera.

Applications should be returned to our front office by mail or in person with a copy of the applicant's most recent 1040 forms.

Attention: Financial Aid Coordinator
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625


Financial aid is made possible in part thanks to annual support from our Members and other generous donors, through special gifts, and through permanent funds and contributions named to honor and remember:

  • Steve Goodman
  • Pat Gordon
  • Brendan Hedges
  • Fred Holstein
  • Bruce Kaplan
  • Myrna Lande
  • David Keats Marcovitz
  • Ray Nordstrand
  • Elkin Pincus
  • Christopher Saathoff
  • Win Stracke

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