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THAT’S RIGHT. JUST $9800
ALL INCLUSIVE.
NO OTHER SCHOOL COMES
CLOSE TO THE VALUE.

Student debt is spiraling out of control. It makes no sense to graduate school and be $30,000, $50,000, even $100,000 in debt before you’ve received your first pay check. This is especially true in the arts. We work very hard to keep our tuition as low as possible so you are not buried by student debt and can pursue your dreams once you graduate. We also realize that for many of you, even $9800 is too much money to come by all at once, and for this reason we offer several financing options.


The real cost of
Recording Connection

The Recording Connection offers several payment options (outlined below) to disclose exactly how much our recording school education will cost, including interest, in black and white. Please note the following example is for our Audio Program only. To get the facts on our Advanced Audio Program, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 800-755-7597 or 323-329-9610.

OPTION 1: PAY IN FULL

9,800. This is your best option because you will save all interest and graduate with no debt. By choosing this option, you can SAVE yourself over two thousand dollars in interest.

OPTION 2: INTERNAL FINANCING 1-YEAR PLAN

Select this option if you cannot pay the 9,800.00 up front and you wish to spread monthly payments over one year. A down payment of 2,700.00 will be required to start. An additional administration loan fee of $1,000.00 plus interest is applied to the student's account if monthly payments are made. Annual Percentage Rate is 10.99% if applied with a co-signer, or 12.99% without a co-signer.

Annual Percentage Rate: 10.99%
Finance Charge: 548.34
Amount Financed: 9,100.00
Number of Payments: 12
Amount of Each Payment: 804.03
Total of Payments: 9,648.34

Total Tuition: 12,348.34

OPTION 3: INTERNAL FINANCING 2-YEAR PLAN

Select this option if you cannot pay the 9,800.00 up front and you wish to spread monthly payments over two years. A down payment of 2,700.00 will be required to start. An additional administration loan fee of $1,000.00 plus interest is applied to the student's account if monthly payments are made. Annual Percentage Rate is 10.99% if applied with a co-signer, or 12.99% without a co-signer.

Annual Percentage Rate: 10.99%
Finance Charge: 1,075.22
Amount Financed: 9,100.00
Number of Payments: 24
Amount of Each Payment: 423.97
Total of Payments: 10,175.22

Total Tuition: 12,875.22

OPTION 4: INTERNAL FINANCING 3-YEAR PLAN

Select this option if you cannot pay the 9,800.00 up front and you wish to spread monthly payments over three years. A down payment of 2,700.00 will be required to start. An additional administration loan fee of $1,000.00 plus interest is applied to the student's account if monthly payments are made. Annual Percentage Rate is 10.99% if applied with a co-signer, or 12.99% without a co-signer.

Annual Percentage Rate: 10.99%
Finance Charge: 1,620.17
Amount Financed: 9,100.00
Number of Payments: 36
Amount of Each Payment: 297.79
Total of Payments: 10,720.17

Total Tuition: 13,420.17

OPTION 5: INTERNAL FINANCING 4-YEAR PLAN

Select this option if you cannot pay the 9,800.00 up front and you wish to spread monthly payments over four years. A down payment of 2,700.00 will be required to start. An additional administration loan fee of $1,000.00 plus interest is applied to the student's account if monthly payments are made. Annual Percentage Rate is 10.99% if applied with a co-signer, or 12.99% without a co-signer.

Annual Percentage Rate: 10.99%
Finance Charge: 2,183.30
Amount Financed: 9,100.00
Number of Payments: 48
Amount of Each Payment: 235.08
Total of Payments: 11,283.30

Total Tuition: 13,983.30


You Have to Be Able to Afford
Your Monthly Loan Payments

Here’s something else to consider: your average monthly payment. The less your average payment is, the easier it is to pay it each month and the less likely you’ll further screw up your credit by missing a payment. The Recording Connection’s one- to four-year financing plans keep your monthly payments low so you can afford to have a life.

Average Monthly Payment

$1,400
$1,200
$1,000
$800
$600
$400
$200
$240
$300
$580
$1,175
1-Year Trade School
2-Year College
4-Year Traditional College

Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

You Need to Pay Off Your Loans
And Get On with Life

How long will it take to pay off your student loan? This is an important question to ask. With the Recording Connection financing plans, you will be done paying for your student loan in four years or less. Students who fund their education with Federal Student Aid Loans are going to find themselves making payments for the next twelve to twenty-five years. Do you really want to be hitting age 40 and still paying for your education?

Age When Loans Paid Off

40
35
30
25
20
15
22
32
36
38
1-Year Trade School
2-Year College
4-Year Traditional College

Sources: Sallie Mae student loan calculator - Nerd Wallet - Best Value Schools - Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

IF YOU HAVE TO BORROW MONEY
TO GO TO SCHOOL (AND WHO DOESN’T)
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU RUIN YOUR LIFE

At first glance, Federal Aid/Student Loans seem like a Godsend. You want to go to school, you want to better your life, you want to start an interesting career, and all that’s holding you back is that you can’t afford the tuition and other costs that go with higher education.

"Easy Money to the Rescue." Even if you have bad credit, you can borrow an impressive amount of money in Federal Aid. And you don’t have to stress paying back a dime until 6 months after you graduate. What could go wrong?

Unfortunately, the downside is YOU’VE RUINED THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Federal Aid looks like easy money….they sure will give it to you easy enough. Just remember, PAY BACK IS A BITCH. The reality is that, depending on where you went to school, you will be paying somewhere between a new car payment or the rent on a studio apartment EVERY MONTH for the next 20 years…or more. In other words, you’ll be approaching 40 by the time you’ve made your last payment on your education. THAT EASY MONEY DOESN’T LOOK SO EASY NOW, DOES IT?


REALITY CHECK

Another thing to consider is the location of the school you are thinking of attending. Many of your choices are going to require you to move, and that costs money. Then you’ve got to find a place to live, and maybe a job (unless you’re jacking up your "easy money" Federal Aid loan to pay for your living expenses).

With the Recording Connection, nothing changes in your life except that you get a fantastic education and job training course. You don’t have to move because we’ve got a location within easy driving distance. You don’t need to find a new place to live, and if you already have a job you can keep it—we’ll schedule your lessons around your work commitments.

In six months, when you graduate from the Recording Connection, you'll be ready to start your career and make money in some aspect of the music business. Within four years or less, you’ll have paid off your education. By age 25, when your friends who took the easy money, are living with their parents and faced with another 15-plus years of loan payments, you will be debt free, living in your own place and working in a career you love.


THE CATCH AND THE SOLUTION

Let's be honest: there is a catch here. However, there is also a solution.

The catch is that the credit requirements for the Recording Connection Financing Options are tougher than Federal Student Aid requirements. If you are young and don’t have any credit history, there's a good chance you won’t have a good enough credit score to qualify for the Recording Connection Financing Options on your own.

The solution is to get a co-signer. If you find a co-signer who has good credit, then you can take advantage of the Recording Connection Financing Options. Co-signers can be your parents, your relatives, your best friend, your boss—anyone who believes in you and has good credit. As long as YOU make the monthly payments, it won’t cost them a dime.


The
Recording Connection
Tuition Advantage

1

By Keeping You Out of Debt,
You Keep Your Dreams Alive

Make no mistake, getting into debt kills your dreams. To make it as a music producer, audio engineer, or sound technician, you need to make sure you keep your debt low while you connect yourself into the music business.

Don't mortgage your future by spending borrowed money to go to school. The Recording Connection offers a great value by placing you as a working apprentice (extern) inside a real recording studio near where you live.

We can get you in the door today. We are no-nonsense, honest and hard working. You are our priority.

Advantage: Recording Connection

2

Our tuition includes
Pro Tools™ and all
books and materials
There are no hidden costs.

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the actual cost of attending a school. Beyond the tuition itself, there is often a long breakdown of additional fees. School may cost more than you think!

With the Recording Connection, we give you a top notch, one-on-one education INSIDE a real recording studio.

 

And guess what?

All of your books, materials, and supplies are included

But we don’t stop there. For the low cost of $9,800 (now you know why those other schools hide their tuition prices) we will also include unlimited tutoring, one year’s worth of job placement assistance, and Pro Tools — the newest version, in the box.

There are NO hidden fees and we have no application fees. We are serious about helping you.

Advantage: Recording Connection

3

School Tuition Can Get Overpriced.
We Aren't Greedy.
We Just Want to Help You.

We don't believe it makes sense to spend $20-75 thousand to learn audio engineering and music producing in a classroom with a hundred other kids to get a meaningless degree.

Yes, we said meaningless.

If you go into any recording studio in the world, chances are you will NOT see a degree hanging on the recording studio walls.

What you will see in the recording studio is a hard working music producer who earned his success by starting off as an apprentice (extern). His walls are likely adorned with Gold records, not his diploma. Why? Because chances are he doesn’t have one.

Diplomas and degrees mean ABSOLUTELY ZERO IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. Skills, experience and connections, however, mean everything. The Recording Connection offers you the chance to get all three by learning on-the-job with one of these seasoned producers and engineers, for a highly affordable tuition rate.

Our teachers — your mentors — are gold, literally.

Advantage: Recording Connection



Learn how these apprentices became success stories:

Mitch Villalva
Victorville, CA

“I really appreciate the avenues your program is providing and want to say thank you for everything Recording Connection is doing for myself and others in the program.”

“I have been working on a couple projects making my own music to mix and edit. In addition to that, however, I am helping one of my classmates, Darnell, to record his reggae band”

Read More Student Success Stories

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

TUITION AND PAYING YOUR DUES

Brian Kraft

by Brian Kraft
Chief Academic Officer and COO
for Recording, Radio, Film and Culinary Connection

Student debt and tuition costs are intertwined—the lower the tuition, the lower the student debt. The Recording Connection does its absolute best to put your tuition to work for you by supplying the best environment (real, successful recording studios), the best teachers (audio professionals currently making their living working in recording studios), the best equipment (including your own copy of Pro Tools), the best curriculum (a collaborative effort of dozens of professional audio engineers and music producers) all for the lowest tuition price around. It makes you wonder what those expensive trade schools are doing with all the money they collect from their students.

The Recording Connection believes that there is no excuse for any audio program to cost the equivalent of a luxury car or a small house. That's absurd. We find it unseemly that many audio students graduate from the high priced trade schools $60,000 to $100,000 in debt and with no job prospects in sight. What those schools don't tell you is that once you graduate, you are still on the outside of the music industry and if you are lucky, you will be able to find an unpaid internship at a recording studio within commuting distance where you can start paying your dues. Then, and only then, you might be able to find paid work.

With the Recording Connection, not only do you save a ton of money upfront, but you're drastically shrinking the time frame it takes between graduation and being ready to earn money in the audio trade. There are a lot of reasons for this: you'll graduate with experience on real music gigs, not student projects; you'll graduate with industry connections, not with a classroom of unemployed students; you'll be on the inside where jobs happen, not on an isolated campus; and you'll graduate with access to the best job placement program in the industry, not a stale cold-call list.

You see, there's this thing in the music business called paying your dues. Just because you have a degree or a certificate of completion does not mean you're employable. In fact, if that's all you've got, you probably aren't going to find a job in audio—at least not until you pay your dues. Paying your dues means starting at the bottom, working long hours, getting familiar with how a recording studio operates, and learning how to interface with clients. Guess what? The Recording Connection graduate has been paying his dues for the entire six months they've taken the program—other audio trade school graduates don't start paying their dues until after they graduate. In other words, the Recording Connection student gets six months to prove what they've got to a potential employer (the recording studio owner where they are attending the course) before they even graduate.

This means, with The Recording Connection your tuition includes paying your dues. With other schools, after you pay their exorbitant tuition you still have to pay your dues, making them even more expensive and time consuming.