Financial Aid, Scholarships & Funding

SMTD Student Emergency Fund

The SMTD Emergency Fund is funded by SMTD donors and Dean David Gier, and provides emergency support to SMTD students to address emergency financial needs. Learn more about the fund and how to apply.

Need-Based Financial Aid

University and federally funded need-based financial aid programs (including University grants and loans, Pell Grants, College Work Study, and Stafford Loans) are administered by the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). Continuing students who wish to be considered for the full range of need-based programs must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) before April 1st in any calendar year. Application materials and further instructions are available on the Office of Financial Aid website.

Merit-Based Financial Aid

Any currently admitted undergraduate or graduate student in the SMTD may apply for a merit-based scholarship. All incoming students are automatically reviewed for a scholarship award through the admission application, and those first year undergraduates and transfer students currently receiving a scholarship do not need to complete an application. All Music students awarded merit-based scholarships must participate in a large ensemble as stipulated by the department. A list of applicable ensembles is available in room 2277 Moore.

Approved Large Ensembles for Scholarship Students

Undergraduate and Masters students in music and musical theatre who receive SMTD merit-based scholarships are required to participate in one of the following ensembles each semester:

Music Performance, Composition, Music Education, Musicology & Theory

ENS 345/545: University Philharmonia & Symphony Orchestra
ENS 347/547: Symphony Band & Concert Band
ENS 349/549: University Choir
ENS 350/550: University Chamber Choir
ENS 470: Orpheus Singers
ENS 460: Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Lab Ensemble

Performing Arts Technology

Performing Arts Technology and Music Technology students may elect the following:
PAT 100: Research & Scholarship I [Fr/So]
PAT 300: Research & Scholarship II [Jr/Sr]
PAT 412/512: Digital Music Ensemble
PAT 413/555: Electronic Chamber Music

Musical Theatre

MUSTHTRE 280/480: Production Performance
MUSTHTRE: 496: Seniors only may elect MUSTHRE 496 during the winter term

Financial Holds

Offices such as the University Libraries, Health Services, University Hospital, Student Accounts, and Student Loans may place a financial hold on a student’s record when the student account shows indebtedness. This hold prevents a student from obtaining a transcript or diploma, and enrolling for future classes.

If a student owes money to Student Accounts or Student Loans, the bill may be paid through Wolverine Access or at the the Cashier’s window in the LSA Building or Pierpont Commons. If paying in person, it is necessary to tell the Cashier that a financial hold exists so that it is removed in a timely manner. All other debts must be paid directly to the office to which the student owes money. The associated receipt must then be taken to the Cashier’s Office in order for the hold to be removed.

Travel Funding (Vocal/Instrumental Competitions)

The Joseph Savarino Memorial Fund was endowed in 1988 by friends and family in memory of Joseph Savarino (MM ‘55, piano) to provide money for students in the field of vocal and instrumental performing arts to participate in domestic and international competitions.

Eligible expenses include travel and entry fees. For more information or to request an application, contact Ryanne Arecheja at [email protected].

EXCEL Lab Funding

The EXCEL Lab is the co-curricular office within the Department of Entrepreneurship & Leadership that provides a wealth of resources to help each SMTD student launch and sustain a life in the arts. Whatever your dream, the EXCEL program can help put your ideas into action. We provide $100,000 in funding support annually for current U-M students through three different funding pools. Learn more about EXCEL funding opportunities.


For any questions related to financial aid and scholarships at SMTD, please reach out to our Scholarships and Financial Aid team at [email protected].