Graduate Division

Admission Requirements  

Graduate Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships 

Need-based aid is offered to qualified applicants and their families through the university Office of Student Financial Assistance. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply for need-based assistance. To do so, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at Please note that international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid.

Merit-based aid is offered to qualified applicants through the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid. Applicants are automatically considered for Jacobs School of Music financial aid at the time of admission. The director of admissions and financial aid, in consultation with individual departments, determines merit awards based on institutional need and recommendations from faculty. The audition/interview rating plays the strongest role in determining merit scholarships; however, other factors including an individual’s academic profile and financial need are often considered.

Merit-based associate instructor and graduate assistant positions are offered to students by the Office of Music Admissions and Financial Aid based on the recommendation of individual department chairs. Appointments are normally made for one year. Renewals are considered annually up to the financial aid time limit associated with individual degree or diploma programs. See for further information.

Merit-based assistance is made possible at the Jacobs School of Music by generous donors. The Jacobs School of Music gratefully acknowledges all persons and institutions who support students and faculty by providing endowed funds and annual gifts. For more information about giving and endowed funds at the Jacobs School of Music, visit

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Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.