Awards available through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are made primarily on the basis of merit and are jointly administered through the Offices of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. They consist of graduate student fellowships and graduate student assistantships and instructorships. Awards will only be offered to full-time students. Merit-based awards are not available for summer study.
To be considered for a merit-based award, all application materials must be submitted by the deadline; in most cases this deadline is December 1. The audition/interview must be completed no later than February 22. Students who meet all application and audition deadlines, and who are subsequently offered admission, will automatically be considered for School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit-based awards.
All notifications of financial awards made through the School will be mailed in early April.
Official offers of assistantships or instructorships and/or fellowships are made in writing by the Associate Deans; other discussions of possible assistance are not considered binding on the University. Prospective students are not required to respond to an offer for the upcoming fall term prior to April 15.
Please be assured that your application will be given every consideration. We regret very much, however, that because the requests for financial awards far exceed available funds, the School is unable to assist many well-qualified and deserving students. We encourage students to investigate any available outside sources of funding to help finance your graduate school education.
Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) and Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) appointments vary widely in fractional size. A GSA or GSI with a 25% appointment, which requires 12.49 hours of work per week, receives a full tuition grant. He or she also receives a stipend of $4,033.75 per term (at 2008-9 rates). A GSA or GSI with a smaller appointment fraction receives a proportionally smaller stipend and tuition grant.
Each student in a master’s or specialist's program in music who receives a fellowship through the School and elects performance lessons is required to perform in a major ensemble of the School unless waived (through petition) by the Associate Dean.
Financial awards are made for one year and are not renewed automatically. However, an award will be continued throughout the second year of master’s or specialist study or the third year of doctoral study subject to the conditions stated at the time of the award. Although financial awards made by the School are based primarily on merit, other considerations may include the need for balanced instrumentation, the competition in the student’s field from other institutions, and the availability of graduate student assistantships in the student’s department. When a student does not receive an award it is normally because insufficient funds are available and because those students offered awards were judged to have greater merit. Graduate students who wish to appeal a decision concerning School of Music, Theatre & Dance awards should do so to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Questions concerning graduate merit-based awards should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: 734/764.2516
Awards made on the basis of financial need are available through the Office of Financial Aid. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled full-time in graduate degree programs are eligible for the Federal College Work-Study (CWS) program, the Federal Perkins Loan program, and the Federal Direct Loan (both subsidized and unsubsidized) programs.
To apply, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 but no later than February 15 to be considered for all eligible aid programs. Be sure to use UM's Federal School Code: 002325. There is no cost to submit the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance strongly encourages all applicants to apply for need-based financial aid.
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