We are committed to educating talented performing artists and scholars, and we strive to make it possible for all admitted students to attend the school, regardless of their individual or family's financial situation.
Choose a school that offers the best educational fit in the combination of faculty, curriculum, student peers, and environment for your individual goals. Develop a ranked evaluation of college options purely on their educational merits. Then, weigh in financial considerations. Try hard to avoid choosing a school based solely on the amount of money offered. Rather, attend the school that will best enable you to achieve your long-term educational goals.
Consideration for financial assistance begins after a student has completed the applications for admission and financial aid, the audition/interview process, and has been accepted.
Michigan's admission policies and decisions are independent of financial aid decisions. Applying for financial aid will have no impact on your application for admission.
School scholarships are “merit-based, need-informed.” This means that while encouraging and rewarding artistic and academic excellence is our top priority, we also consider the extent of the student's access to additional financial resources.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance commits over three million dollars annually in scholarships for undergraduates. You will be considered for School scholarships if you
Scholarship decisions are based on a combination of the student’s artistic and academic merits in combination with the financial need of the student as indicated by the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Currently, we are unable to award scholarships to all who apply, yet we make every effort to assist as many students as possible to attend the School.
Questions about scholarships for the Department of Musical Theatre and all the music departments of the School may be directed to the SMTD Admissions Office. Results will be distributed and mailed on or about April 1.
Financial aid administered and awarded by the University's Office of Financial Aid is need-based, merit-informed and includes grant funds, college work-study, a variety of loan programs, and some scholarships.
It is a fundamental principle in college financial aid that every student and his or her family should contribute to their education as they are able.
1) Entering freshmen: complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. Be sure to list U-M's CSS Code 1839. The PROFILE costs $25 (application fee + one school), plus $16 for each additional university to which you want your information sent.
2) Entering freshmen & transfers: complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor as soon as possible after January 1. Be sure to use U-M's Federal School Code 002325. There is no cost to complete the FAFSA.
We also recognize that the information provided on the FAFSA does not always tell the whole story. We encourage families to provide us with whatever supplemental information they feel is important to give us a clearer picture of their financial circumstances.
The Office of Financial Aid provides additional details on the process, costs, award types, and notification on their web site. We encourage you to read the information and gain as much insight as you can.
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