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Financing Your Undergraduate Education

What types of financial aid does Belmont award?

Belmont awards two types of financial aid: need-based aid and merit-based aid. Financial aid awards may be in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work study programs. About 85% of Belmont students receive some type of financial assistance.

It is possible for a music applicant to be awarded concurrently any and all types of scholarship as well as need-based financial aid.

How do I apply for need-based financial assistance?

You should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the priority date of March 1 and designate Belmont as a recipient of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Notification of financial aid awards will be mailed beginning mid-March.

What kinds of merit-based scholarships are available?

Belmont offers two kinds of merit-based scholarships:   academic-based scholarships and performance-based scholarships in the areas of music and athletics.

How do I apply for an academic merit scholarship at Belmont?

Belmont University offers a variety of merit-based scholarships. The application for admission to the university serves as the merit-based scholarship application. General academic merit scholarships are awarded to freshman applicants on a rolling basis within 30 days following the offer of admission. December 1 is the application deadline for consideration for Belmont’s most competitive named and departmental scholarships. Notification of named and departmental scholarships will be sent in mid-February. You may receive only one merit-based scholarship. Roughly a third of the freshmen class received academic merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded to freshman applicants.

How do I apply for a performance-based music scholarship?

These performance-based music scholarships are awarded to incoming students who demonstrate exceptional performance skills and outstanding academic achievement. Applicants who are admitted into the School of Music from the admission/scholarship audition dates are automatically considered for these performance-based music scholarships.

The first four School of Music audition dates are for both admission and scholarship consideration. Please refer to the Audition Requirements page for more information regarding auditions. However, applicants should carefully note that the last audition date each year is usually reserved for admissions consideration only.

How are performance-based music scholarships distributed?

These scholarships are awarded across the full range of majors and principals and divided equally among the voice, keyboard and instrumental departments as well as the different audition days. A limited number of instrumental music scholarships are also given to non-music majors and to non-instrumental principals for participation in instrumental ensembles.

How many performance-based music scholarships does the School of Music award?

The School of Music typically awards music scholarships in amounts of $4,000- $6,000 to approximately 25 -30% of entering students. The scholarships are renewable each year for up to four years of study provided the recipient remains enrolled as a full-time music major and maintains a 3.0 overall grade point average each semester.

When will I know if I have received a scholarship?

Students who audition in November will receive music scholarship notification by December 15.  Students who audition in January and February will receive music scholarship notification by March 15.

If I don't receive a music scholarship as an entering student, is it possible to receive one at a later time?

Music scholarships are designed to provide funding for incoming students. Under exceptional circumstances, School of Music scholarships are awarded to continuing students based on achievement and faculty recommendations as funds are available.