Grants & Financial Aid - information

It costs $ to go to school. Not everyone gets a music scholarship, and not every scholarship is enough to cover tuition and other costs. It pays to invest some time in see what is available in scholarships and other financial aid, even after you begin school at UI and the time is past to apply for incoming freshman scholarships. 

For instance, for returning undergrads, The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences awarded up to 43 scholarships collectively worth over $112,000 to students continuing in the College last year. Twenty-eight of these scholarships are open to all liberal arts and sciences students and fifteen are for select liberal arts and sciences majors. Find out more here.

The UI Horn Studio is able to offer small grants to current students for the purposes of attending horn workshops, competitions, or auditions, thanks to the generosity of Horn Studio "angels" Allen Meyers and Marina Miller. Grad students who present at symposia can apply for travel funds from the School of Music.

UI financial aid links:

Office of Student Financial Aid at the University of Iowa

Scholarships at UI

Financial Aid Tuition Scholarships

Financial Aid & Tuition at UI

UI Grants

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

University Housing Scholarships & Awards

Student Aid on the Web

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

Student Employment at UI

Pomerantz Career Center

IRS: Tax Benefits for Education

Veterans Services & GI Bill

Residency Applications
Also on this page: a link for this issue: spouses of students who have teaching or research assistantships in the Graduate College or in dental, law, pharmacy or medical schools can apply for tuition at the resident rate. 

Grant Info:

Grants are awarded for special projects, usually those of special interest to the grant sponsor. All you need is a convincing project proposal and the moxie, energy, and ambition to carry it out. The first grant can be the most difficult to get - start small. Every grant you get makes it easier for you to get the next grant - you have a track record and that pleases grant foundations. Below are some possibilities (all types of grants, not just specifically music grants). Let us know about others that you uncover so that we can post them here. Besides supplying welcome financial help, grants look great on your CV - grad schools and future employers are attracted to those who can get grants.

Iowa Arts Council Grants - major and mini grants. 

Iowa Grant 

Grow Strong Girls Through Leadership Grant

ECGPS - Executive Council of Graduate & Professional Students - to fund original research, offset costs of professional development travel and participation.

Job Info:

Driving a Cambus ("Best Job on Campus"?)

UI Employment Services


Summer Jobs

Financial Aid links to sources outside UI:

Avanti Fund Music Education Scholarship (Conn-Selmer) - $2000 scholarship awards, open to all graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students pursuing a degree in music education.

A Guide to College Scholarships - Chamber of Commerce offers a page with extensive information on college scholarships.

Music Scholarships for Music EducationMinority Music Scholarships, - music scholarships, grants, competitions, and awards

Academic Info: Directory of Online Resources

The Admissions Office - links to every college and university with financial aid/scholarship info


College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees 

College Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

FastWeb - scholarship search - scholarship search

FAFSA - Federal Student Aid; FAFSA4Caster (estimate of eligibility for federal student aid)

OED - Online Education Database

Federal Student Aid Grants

Funding Education Beyond High School - guide to Federal student aid (pdf file).

Federal Aid First (loans); Income Based Repayment PlanPublic Service Loan Forgiveness

Military Tuition Assistance

Federal Student Aid - Native Americans - great links at the bottom of the page

Student Grants for International Study

FinAid - Guide to Financial Aid

Financial Aid Publications from the US Dept. of Education

FRESCH - Free Scholarship Search (database)

Foundation Center

Kaplan Scholarships - book on financial aid resources

Scholarship Handbook - ditto

The Ultimate Scholarship Book - ditto

Yahoo Financial Aid Directory

Saving for College

Avoiding Scholarship Scams

Keeping College Within Reach - useful articles, information, and links concerned with various aspects of dealing with college costs, including planning, saving and investing, “Financial Aid 101, Tools and Tips. Attractive and well-organized site.