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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Education, Minority 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
ScholarshipExperts.com - 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 Plan; Public 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)
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.