Indiana University attracts some of the brightest, self-motivated, and creative musicians. Our programs prepare students to succeed in professional opera, orchestral conducting, university teaching, symphonic choruses, and high level church ensembles or additional graduate studies. While at IU, students have access to an almost unlimited supply of professional vocal and instrumental musicians, and regularly convene ad-hoc choral-orchestral concerts, conduct premiers of IU composers, prepare opera choruses for international guest conductors, travel, speak, and perform at major festivals and conferences, as well as explore interdisciplinary artistic endeavors.
For information about applying to the IU Jacobs School of Music, please visit the Admissions and Financial Aid are of this Web site.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Need-Based Financial Aid
Each year, students at Indiana University Bloomington receive more than $280 million in federal financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and income from work-study jobs. More than half of the students in the Jacobs School of Music receive federal aid. (Please note that international students are not eligible for federally funded, need-based assistance.) The Office of Student Financial Assistance, located in Franklin Hall, handles all matters regarding need-based financial aid. The Jacobs School of Music is not involved in administering need-based financial aid.
Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarships
The Jacobs School of Music is committed to recognizing exceptional talent through merit-based scholarship awards. At the undergraduate level, merit-based awards include the Dean's Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award, Jacobs Scholar Award, Presidential Scholars Awards, and more. Each year, the school awards more than $5 million in merit-based funds. All applicants to the Jacobs School of Music are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on their audition, portfolio, or interview results. Students are notified of Jacobs School of Music awards by April 1.
Please note that beginning with the Fall 2012 admission cycle, Jacobs School of Music applicants will not be considered for the IU Automatic Scholarships administered by the IU Office of Scholarships. Instead, the Jacobs School of Music will administer these scholarship funds, allowing applicants to be considered based on the combination of academic achievement and talent as it is demonstrated in the audition and / or interview.
Graduate Merit Awards
Merit-based awards, such as the Dean's Scholarship and the Jacobs Scholar Award, are also available to graduate students on a competitive basis. In addition, a limited number of Associate Instructorships and Graduate Assistantships are available each year in various departments. These positions offer a near complete coverage of tuition cost and a cash stipend, and give students invaluable experience teaching or performing other duties for their department. Graduate merit-based financial aid is highly competitive, and all applicants to a graduate program in the Jacobs School of Music are automatically considered for all forms of merit-based financial assistance.