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The School of Music offers generous merit-based scholarship awards and graduate assistantships for in- and out-of-state students.

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

Scholarships and financial aid provide critical assistance to School of Music students. Thanks to the generosity of donors and advocates, the School of Music offers numerous awards for our most competitive undergraduate and graduate students seeking additional sources of aid each year.

Undergraduate Aid

  • Music merit scholarships are awarded by the School of Music to top candidates of the incoming class based on the prospective student’s application, audition and/or interview. School of Music scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, room and board or other expenses in the student's university account. There is no separate application to be considered for School of Music merit scholarships.
    • Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA) Scholarships are the value of full in-state tuition, and are renewable for up to four years.
    • Director's Scholarships vary in amount and are renewable for up to four years for B.M., B.A. and B.M.E. candidates, with an additional semester available for B.M./B.M.E. double major candidates.
  • Academic merit scholarships are awarded by the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There is no separate application for the majority of these awards.
  • Current students may be eligible for scholarships listed with the College of Arts & Humanities.
  • Need-based aid is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by the February 15 deadline to be considered for federal grants, loans and work-study.
    • NEW Maryland Promise Program for Fall 2022: Residents of Maryland applying for music majors who are eligible for the Pell grant and/or identified as first-generation college students may also be eligible for Maryland Promise Program grants, which are in the amount of $8,000 per year, renewable for four years. These awards are subject to availability.

Graduate Aid

  • Graduate assistantships are offered to select students by the School of Music. These assistantships offer generous stipends and partial or full tuition remission in exchange for teaching, administrative work or ensemble participation. All graduate applicants are automatically considered for assistantships in their area of study. In academic programs, these may be teaching or research assistantships. In performance areas, these may be assistantships that provide ensemble support. The School of Music also provides administrative assistantships in marketing/communications, admissions, production and community engagement. Your application will give you an opportunity to upload a relevant resume if you are interested in an administrative assistantship. Such positions are interviewed during the application review process. 
    • For general information and listings for other funding opportunities on campus, visit Graduate Assistantships on the Graduate School’s website.
    • Highly qualified performance students may be considered for chamber music assistantships, which come with additional fellowship support: The School of Music Graduate Fellowship Ensembles are the String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet and Terrapin Brass Quintet. Benefits include:
      • Expert coaching from faculty
      • Partial tuition remission
      • Generous stipend
      • Access to faculty/staff healthcare plans (this is true for all assistantships)
      • Leadership opportunities as School of Music ambassadors
      • Community engagement and outreach activities
      • Marketing and promotion of members and performances
  • Administrative assistantships and fellowships may be offered through the College of Arts & Humanities and elsewhere on campus through other departments; many positions are posted by University Human Resources. Applicants are encouraged to apply and to seek guidance from the Music Admissions Office.
  • Need-based aid is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by the February 15 deadline to be considered for federal grants, loans and work-study.
  • All graduate students may apply for travel and conference support, dissertation completion support and other funding opportunities.


The University of Maryland is nationally ranked as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News, which takes into account academic quality and net cost of attendance. Find University of Maryland tuition information for undergraduate and graduate students.


School of Music Fees

The following fees are assessed per semester to students enrolled in the appropriate course work. All of these fees are in addition to University of Maryland tuition and fees. Find more information about the School of Music fees in our student handbook.

  • Music major applied lesson fee: $600
  • Music minor applied lesson fee: $300
  • Student teaching fee: $750
  • Graduate program fee for musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and music education: $200