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Music Scholarships


The KU School of Music offers some music-specific scholarships to undergraduate applicants, which are:

  • Performance-based
  • Renewable
  • Stacked

What do you mean by "performance-based"?

Every applicant that auditions for entry into the KU School of Music will be considered for music scholarships. Each department has a different amount they are available to award each year, and their decisions are based on a number of factors, but they are only looking at how well you perform in your audition. This means you don't have to do anything else or submit anything, just prepare for your audition!

How are the music scholarships renewable?

If you are awarded a music scholarship you will have to maintain a certain GPA, enroll in a certain number of credit hours each year, and possibly perform in specific ensembles. 

What do you mean by "stacked"?

This means that any music scholarship you are awarded will be in addition to any other scholarships or financial aid you receive. 

When will I know if I'm getting a music scholarship?

Music scholarship decisions start being sent out around March 1. You will first receive the admission decision for the School of Music, and then you will be notified of any awards that are offered. 


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