Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Music each year awards nearly a half million dollars in scholarship and fellowship support to our music majors and graduate students. Student support is awarded on the basis of merit, financial need, and other factors. For more information, contact us at For more information about UW tuition and fees associated with being a School of Music student, visit our Tuition and Fees page

Undergraduate Support

Students are automatically considered for scholarship awards at the time of their audition. In the case of Ethnomusicology and Composition, students are considered for scholarship awards at the time of their application review.  Only students majoring in music, registered for a minimum of 12 credits per quarter, and enrolled in appropriate coursework (including lessons, ensembles, and required core courses) are eligible for scholarship awards.

Undergraduate School of Music scholarship awards recognize musical and academic excellence, and typically range from $1,000-$4,000 per academic year, depending on endowment funds available.  We are unable to offer scholarships that equal the year cost of resident or non-resident tuition.  In addition to scholarships awarded by the School of Music, students may be eligible for additional support offered through the UW’s Office of Financial Aid. Students are also encouraged to conduct independent scholarship and award searches.

Graduate Support

Students who want to be considered for all types of financial aid need to submit the FAFSA, available at -- this is one of several pieces of information that are required for several types of financial aid detailed below.

The School of Music offers numerous graduate fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships in most areas of study.  Our Teaching Assistantships are competitive and include a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance for each quarter that a Teaching Assistantship is awarded. 

Graduate applicants are automatically considered for a School of Music scholarship at the time of their application review or audition. In order to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship, applicants should include a resume with relevant teaching experience with their online application.

Modern Ensemble appointments are awarded yearly. Special consideration for these scholarships and Teaching Assistantships is given to those graduate students who audition for this ensemble. More Information

Additionally, the UW’s Office of Graduate Support links students to opportunities that provide funding for research and study.  Detailed information is available at The Graduate School: Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards.