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​How much will it cost?​

For complete tuition / course fee information, visit: affordability.ku.edu/costs

What Financial Aid options are offered?

Music Scholarships

School of Music scholarships are typically awarded to incoming Music majors, based upon the quality of the audition and other criteria. Inquiries about Music scholarships may be directed to the Scholarships Coordinator, Amara Simons.

Other Opportunities

The School of Music employs many students annually to work as accompanists, stage managers, ensemble librarians, classroom assistants, laboratory monitors, office assistants, librarians, recital monitors, recording assistants, and stage crew. You must be a current student to be eligible. Go to www.employment.ku.edu » to search for these positions. The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to a policy of equal opportunity in student admissions, student financial assistance, and faculty/ staff employment.

KU Scholarships

Incoming Fist Year and Transfer Students: KU offers four-year renewable scholarships to incoming first-time freshmen, and three- year renewable scholarships to incoming transfer students. Eligibility is based upon a combination of ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA for freshmen, and cumulative college GPA for transfer students. Detailed information can be found here: http://affordability.ku.edu/scholarships

New and Continuing Students: The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships maintains an extensive list of Private, State and external scholarships, including a searchable index arranged by application due date here: http://privateschol.dept.ku.edu/Final_Table.php as well as a University-wide Scholarship Opportunities Portal, which can be found here: https://ku.academicworks.com/

Remember, many funding opportunities require a current FAFSA on file. Submit your FAFSA by December 1st!

When is your Financial Aid deadline?

  • March 1st: For Federal Student Aid priority deadline, apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov ». KU's Federal School Code is 001948.
  • May 1st: For State of Kansas Student Aid Application priority deadline, apply online at www.kansasregents.org ».
     

Type of Awards

Financial Need based on FAFSA

Scholarships Both Need Based and Non-Need Based
Grants Generally Need Based
Federal Work-Study Need Based
Kansas Career Work-Study Non-Need Based
Federal Perkins Student Loan Need Based
Federal Loan for Disadvantaged Students (LDS) Need Based
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Need Based
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Non-Need Based
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Non-Need Based
KU Endowment Association (KUEA) Loan Non-Need Based
Alternative Loans Non-Need Based

For complete information, visit KU Office of Student Financial Aid »

National Search Engines

Finding the resources for college may feel daunting, but these search engines can help!

Fastweb is a free scholarship matching website that will do the searching for you. Create a profile (your parents can too!) and Fastweb will find matches for you to apply for. Sign up at www.fastweb.com

MyScholly will find matching scholarships based upon the profile you create. It also gives each match a relevance score to help you optimize your application process. MyScholly also provides the Scholly Editor to help edit your scholarship essays. MyScholly is a subscription service, costing $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Subscribers can cancel at any time. Sign up at myscholly.com

CollegeBoard  https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org offers a number of resources, including a scholarship finder. You can create an account to save the information you find, but this site does not deliver matches for you.

Remember to check the School of Music Career Services Newsletter, emailed monthly to all Music students. Scholarship opportunities are listed right at the top!

 


 

Graduate

How much will it cost?

For complete tuition and course fee information visit: affordability.ku.edu/costs

What are my Financial Aid options?

School of Music

Scholarships

School of Music scholarships are typically awarded to incoming Music majors, based upon the quality of the audition and other criteria. Inquiries about Music Scholarships may be directed to the Scholarships Coordinator, Amara Simons

Assistantships

The School of Music awards graduate teaching assistantships in all areas. On occasion, graduate research assistantships are available in music education and music therapy. Award amounts generally range from $3,400 - $13,600 per year and carry with them tuition waivers ranging from 25% to 100% depending upon the percentage of the appointment. The School makes about 80 appointments each year. They are renewable upon mutual agreement for up to two years for master’s work, three years for doctoral work, or five years combined. Contact your primary professor or area coordinator for more information.

Other Opportunities

The School employs many students annually to work as accompanists, stage managers, ensemble librarians, classroom assistants, laboratory monitors, office assistants, librarians, recital monitors, recording assistants, and stage crew. You must be a current student to be eligible. Go to www.employment.ku.edu » to search for these positions. The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to a policy of equal opportunity in student admissions, student financial assistance, and faculty/ staff employment.

KU Opportunities

Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies offers many sources of funding, including fellowships, assistantships, and student awards. More information about these opportunities can be found at https://graduate.ku.edu/ku-funding.

The Office of Graduate Studies strongly encourages the use of Pivot to explore external scholarships and awards. You can access Pivot here: https://pivot.proquest.com/funding_main

Please note, eligibility for many of these funding opportunities requires a current FAFSA on file. Remember to submit a FAFSA each year, the earlier the better!

Hall Center for the Humanities

The Hall Center for the Humanities is a designated research center on the University of Kansas campus. The Center’s primary mission is to stimulate and support research in the humanities, arts and social sciences, especially of an interdisciplinary kind. The Hall Center for the Humanities offers many resources and opportunities for graduate students, including workshops and training as well as funding. The School of Music strongly encourages graduate students in all areas to explore the Hall Center resources. Please visit http://hallcenter.ku.edu/hgdo-services for more information.

Student Loans

Student loans are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. For further information concerning financial assistance contact:

KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7576

Email: financialaid@ku.edu
Fax: 785.864.5469
Phone: 785.864.4700
Website: www.affordability.ku.edu/financialaid »


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