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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. 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.

*For prospective vocal majorsThe Neil and Kathleen Bogue Endowed Scholarship is an undergraduate vocal major scholarship awarded to one Washington State resident. The recipient will receive a full 4 year in-state tuition scholarship. There is no separate application for this scholarship, and any prospective students who meet the criteria for this award will be automatically considered at the time of their audition.

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. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter in order to receive a School of Music scholarship or a Teaching Assistantship.

Modern Ensemble appointments are awarded yearly based on an applicants graduate audition. For further information, please contact Dr. Cristina Valdés at

Additionally, the UW’s Graduate School links students to opportunities that provide funding for research and study.  Detailed information is available at The Graduate School: Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards. And in conjunction with the UW Libraries, the Graduate School oversees the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS), which maintains a large database of funding opportunities and provides individual consulting appointments for current and admitted graduate students.