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Scholarships & Financial Aid

If your dream is to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance—and you are selected for admission—then we will do our best to help make your dream a reality, even if you have financial concerns.

We are committed to admitting the most talented and promising performing artists and scholars, regardless of financial means. The two considerations are independent, and the opportunities to be considered for scholarships and other aid are many. Though it is a fundamental principle in college financial aid that every student should contribute to their education as they and their families are able, the University of Michigan offers many avenues for financial assistance.


Your job is to submit your applications for admission and financial assistance on time, and then—most importantly—do your very best at your audition and/or interview. Consideration for financial assistance is only made after you are accepted, and we strive to make it possible for all admitted students to attend the School.


Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance adds together the student budget items of tuition & fees, housing, books & supplies, and personal/miscellaneous expenses for a total annual cost. A Cost of Attendance budget assumes full-time attendance for two semesters, and is used to award financial aid.

Estimated Student Budgets:  What does it cost? 


School Scholarships

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance commits more than $3 million annually in scholarships for undergraduates. These scholarships are “merit-based, need-informed,” which means that while we encourage and reward artistic and academic excellence, we also consider a student’s complete financial resources, as indicated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. Although we are not able to offer scholarships to all who apply, we assist as many students as possible each and every year.


University Awards, Work-Study and Loans

In addition to scholarships awarded by SMTD, the University’s Office of Financial Aid administers and awards financial aid in a number of ways, including grant funds, work-study, a variety of loan programs, as well as scholarships. This type of aid is generally “need-based, merit-informed,” meaning that financial resources are the first consideration, followed by a student’s level of artistic and academic excellence.

With a wide variety of financial resources available, the University of Michigan is intent on being an affordable choice for talented students seeking the finest performing arts education.


Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid

To be considered for both SMTD scholarship support and/or support from the University's Office of Financial Aid, students must first complete and submit their application for admission by the program deadline (typically December 1), audition/interview no later than the end of February, and

  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.  The best time to file your FAFSA is January - February.
  3. 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.


For additional details on all forms of financial aid, sample aid packages, and how to apply—including links to the FAFSA and CSS forms—visit U-M’s Office of Financial Aid at



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