Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid is extremely limited and awarded on a first come, first-served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?

A: Please fill out our online financial aid application or submit a copy of your 1040 tax return (2017) or other documents reflective of your household income to Student Services at or in-person in room 101 or 102. If you are unable to provide a tax return, please inquire with Student Services about alternative documentation.


Q: When will my financial aid be applied?

A: Turning in your 1040 tax return does not mean that you will automatically receive aid. Your financial aid will only be applied once you have provided the $30 registration fee for the Academic Year ($15 Summer Session), and if applicable, paid for the first four private lessons.


Q: How often do I need to submit my financial aid documents?

A: Families must resubmit their financial aid documents annually. Student Services will keep your financial aid on file for one full calendar year. Submitting your documents does not guarantee your student will receive financial aid. Students must provide the registration fee or deposit for private lessons in order to be considered for financial aid.


Q; Are new students eligible to receive financial aid?

A: New students can receive financial aid on group classes if their tax return deems them eligible, and if financial aid funds are still available (financial aid is extremely limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis). Students who are NEW to the private lesson program (ex. have not been enrolled in one-on-one instruction at Merit within the last 12 months) are unable to receive financial aid on private lessons at this time.


Q: What would prevent a student from receiving financial aid?

A: There are a variety of reasons why a student might not receive financial aid (listed below):

  • Household income exceeds threshold to qualify for financial aid
  • All of Merit’s financial aid has been distributed and there are no more funds available.
  • Student is NEW to the private lesson program (anyone who has not taken one-on-one instruction at Merit within the last 12 months).
  • Registration fees and private lesson deposits were not collected by Student Services


For questions or more information regarding financial aid, please e-mail Student Services at or call 312-786-9428.