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The 4-year tuition compact

For first-time freshmen only - The 4 year tuition compact provides an established fixed tuition rate for four calendar years. There is no increase in the rate for four years. It also sets the campus and course fee levels for those four years so the costs are known in advance. The fixed rate is in effect for four calendar years (includes summer sessions) from the time the student enrolls in KU. When it expires, students must pay the going standard rate. Four years is the time it takes for a student, taking 15 hours of courses a semester, to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.*(Music Therapy is a 4½ year program.) The compact is not a tuition discount or savings plan. It does, however, give students and families the ability to calculate the cost of tuition and fees for an entire college degree. The rates for any given year are established by the Kansas Board of Regents typically around in the last week of June.

What Financial Aid options are offered?

School of Music

Departmental scholarships are typically available to new students based on the numerous audition criteria used for admission to the school. For specific scholarship questions please inquire with the School of Music at 785-864 -3436.

University of Kansas

For complete information, visit KU Office of Student Financial Aid »

When is your Financial Aid deadline?

  • March 1st: For Federal Student Aid priority deadline, apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov ». KU's Federal School Code is 001948.
  • May 1st: For State of Kansas Student Aid Application priority deadline, apply online at www.kansasregents.org ».

Type of Awards

Financial Need based on FAFSA

Scholarships Both Need Based and Non-Need Based
Grants Generally Need Based
Federal Work-Study Need Based
Kansas Career Work-Study Non-Need Based
Federal Perkins Student Loan Need Based
Federal Loan for Disadvantaged Students (LDS) Need Based
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan Need Based
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Non-Need Based
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Non-Need Based
KU Endowment Association (KUEA) Loan Non-Need Based
Alternative Loans Non-Need Based

Financial Aid

To be considered for University Fellowships and have priority consideration for Graduate Teaching Assistantships, your application materials must arrive by December 1 for admission to the following fall semester.

General Information

Graduate students have several opportunities for financial assistance in all areas of music study at the University of Kansas. Before you can be considered for any of these opportunities, however, you must be admitted to the University and the program that you intend to pursue. The current costs can be found at: www.affordability.ku.edu »

The School of Music offers a variety of scholarships. Students must contact their department for information about eligibility and application procedures.


The Graduate School awards many types of Fellowships, Scholarships, and Teaching Assistantships. A complete list of the programs and their descriptions can be found at: www.graduate.ku.edu/funding-opportunities »

All awards are made on a competitive basis. Applications and the relevant materials must be received by December 1 to be considered for the Graduate School awards.


The School of Music awards graduate teaching assistantships in ensembles, music education, music therapy, musicology, music theory and composition, and in many areas of performance. On occasion, graduate research assistantships are available in music education and music therapy.

Award amounts generally range from $5,300 to $10,500 and carry with them tuition waivers ranging from 25% to 100%, depending upon the percentage of the appointment. The School makes about 80 appointments each year. They are renewable upon mutual agreement for up to two years for master's work, three years for doctoral work, or five years combined. The deadline for priority consideration for these awards is December 1.

Other Opportunities

The School employs many students annually to work as accompanists, stage managers, ensemble librarians, classroom assistants, laboratory monitors, office assistants, librarians, recital monitors, recording assistants, and stage crew. These positions are generally filled after students have enrolled. Go to www.employment.ku.edu » to search for these positions.The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to a policy of equal opportunity in student admissions, student financial assistance, and faculty/ staff employment.

Student Loans

Student loans are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid. For further information concerning financial assistance contact:

KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7576

Email: financialaid@ku.edu
Fax: 785.864.5469
Phone: 785.864.4700
Website: www.affordability.ku.edu/financialaid »

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