CMC Semester Costs, 2017-18

HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR CMC PARTICIPATION?

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.

The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of CMC participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus' established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus program; other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!)

Since each school determines their own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school's policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.

HOW MUCH DO I PAY & WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Deposits:
Typically the only expenses CMC participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50), the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing) and the $100 refundable security/damages deposit (this is paid prior to or upon arrival at the program).

Program Fees:
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each home campus.  For the 2017-18 school year, that bill will feature the below CMC semester costs.

CMC Program Fees

 Instructional Fees**

 $12,800

 Room (only)

 4,000

 TOTAL CMC FEES:

$16,800

Confirmation Deposit ($300)
BALANCE OF CMC FEES: $16,500

Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus's policies.

Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.

Expenses covered by CMC fees:

  • Fully furnished gated apartment
  • Full kitchen in each apartment
  • Washer/Dryer in each apartment (must provide own detergent, etc.)
  • Free Wifi in each apartment
  • Swimming pool and fitness center
  • NO TV (bring your own) 
  • Recommended 16 hours of academic credit
  • Housing
  • Community meals (approx. one each week)
  • Travel, meals and accommodations for practicum (Tour)
  • 24/7 use of million dollar rehearsal and recording facilities

Additional anticipated expenses:
(Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly.  You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.)

  • Travel between home and the program
  • $100 housing security/damages deposit (due upon arrival; refundable followng post-departure inspection)
  • Health insurance, valid for entire length of stay/program dates
  • Meals (approx $80/week)
  • Personal discretionary expenditures (recommend $300-$500), including local transportation
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred

WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?

You can expect to use all of your Federal and State financial aid to study off-campus through the BestSemester programs. Additionally, most (but not all) campuses allow students to transfer some or all of their institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants to BestSemester programs.

Contact your Off-Campus Study Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, or other applicable office on your campus for more information and to determine how much financial aid can be applied to your off-campus semester. As anticipated expenses for your off-campus semester most likely differ from an on-campus semester, be sure to bring this page so you can adjust your financial aid statement of need.

WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY CMC PARTICIPATION?

We hope this doesn't happen!  Just in case...You need to know the BestSemester Withdrawal/Refund Policy.

WHAT IF I DON'T ATTEND A CCCU INSTITUTION?

(First of all, double-check. Click here to find out if you attend a CCCU school.)

Students must be enrolled full-time on a "home" campus in order to participate in CMC.  If you do not attend a CCCU school, your campus may be willing to enter a one-term consortium agreement with the CCCU to allow your participation.**  If not, we will try to help you enroll as a guest student through a CCCU school. Please contact the Contemporary Music Center (cmc@bestsemester.com) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.

WHAT ABOUT TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDIT?

Your campus must approve your Contemporary Music Center credits before you can be accepted into the program. Therefore, we recommend that you speak with your campus Registrar before attending.  You can view the Contemporary Music Center's transferability of credit statement here. This statement is in compliance with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.


The Contemporary Music Center is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by the Contemporary Music Center, please visit www.tn.gov/thec and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button. Click Here to view the transferability of credit disclosure statement.