With an overall population of 54,593 and a student population of 17,098, approximately 16,775 of Santa Cruz students attend one of Santa Cruz's schools that offer music programs.
Of the 1 music schools in Santa Cruz, the largest music school, by student population, is University of California-Santa Cruz. In 2010, University of California-Santa Cruz graduated approximately 39 students from its music program.
In 2010, 40 students graduated with a music degree in Santa Cruz. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $27,481 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Santa Cruz music schools was an average of $50,150 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,393 for music related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $13,641 per year, on average, for room and board at Santa Cruz-based music schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $19,537.
After graduating with your credentials in music, if you decide to work as a musician in Santa Cruz, your job prospects are not very good. There were 5,400 musicians working in California and 30 working in the greater Santa Cruz area in 2010. The government projects that the number of musicians in Santa Cruz will increase by 5% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for musicians.