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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Let’s face it: College can be expensive.

But you might be surprised to learn that 97% of students enrolled in Meadows Dual Admit areas (Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, and Film B.F.A.), receive some form of financial aid, generally a combination of SMU academic merit scholarship, Meadows artistic merit scholarship, and/or need-based financial aid.

Students in all other Meadows areas (Advertising, Art History, CCPA, Creative Computing, and Journalism) benefit from SMU scholarships, grants and loans: 75% of SMU undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or need-based aid. Students in these areas should refer to the SMU Scholarships & Financial Aid page for further information.

At Meadows School of the Arts, we value talent, dedication and intellectual ability above all else, and we strive to ensure that we are creating the best possible financial aid packages for our students.

Bottom line: Don't let the price tag scare you.

Keep reading to learn about:

Range of Scholarship/Financial Aid Packages for Meadows Dual Admit Students Admitted for Fall 2017

Click on your area below to see average artistic scholarship amounts and average total financial aid/scholarship packages

ART

Approximately half of first-year art students admitted for Fall 2017 received an artistic scholarship, with an average annual amount of $6,000. However, many art students received significant additional funding from either an academic scholarship and/or need-based aid; the average annual total scholarship/financial aid package received was $19,400.

Art Student Package

*Total SMU scholarship/financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student. This could be a combination of academic merit scholarship, artistic merit scholarship, need-based grant aid from SMU, and/or grants from the federal/state government. It does not include loans or work study awards.

**Room and board is an additional cost.

DANCE

The average annual artistic scholarship for a first-year dance student admitted for Fall 2017 was $9,000. However, many dance students received significant additional funding from either an academic scholarship and/or need-based aid; the average annual total scholarship/financial aid package received was $23,800.

Dance Student Package

*Total SMU scholarship/financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student. This could be a combination of academic merit scholarship, artistic merit scholarship, need-based grant aid from SMU, and/or grants from the federal/state government. It does not include loans or work study awards.

**Room and board is an additional cost.

FILM-B.F.A.

Approximately half of first-year film B.F.A. students admitted for Fall 2017 received an artistic scholarship, with an average annual amount of $6,000. However, many film students received significant additional funding from either an academic scholarship and/or need-based aid; the average annual total scholarship/financial aid package received was $20,600.

Film Student Package

MUSIC

The average annual artistic scholarship for a first-year music student admitted for Fall 2017 was $15,300. However, many music students received significant additional funding from either an academic scholarship and/or need-based aid; the average annual total scholarship/financial aid package received was $41,800.

Music Student Package

*Total SMU scholarship/financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student. This could be a combination of academic merit scholarship, artistic merit scholarship, need-based grant aid from SMU, and/or grants from the federal/state government. It does not include loans or work study awards.

**Room and board is an additional cost.

THEATRE

The average annual artistic scholarship for a first-year theatre student admitted for Fall 2017 was $11,000. However, many theatre students received significant additional funding from either an academic scholarship and/or need-based aid; the average annual total scholarship/financial aid package received was $39,400.

Theatre Student Package

*Total SMU scholarship/financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student. This could be a combination of academic merit scholarship, artistic merit scholarship, need-based grant aid from SMU, and/or grants from the federal/state government. It does not include loans or work study awards.

**Room and board is an additional cost.

Financial Aid Application Process for Meadows Dual Admit Students

  1. Apply to SMU and Complete Audition or Submit Portfolio. Consult the specific admission checklist for your area for guidelines on when to apply and audition/submit your portfolio.

  2. Submit FAFSA and CSS Profile. Click here to review important details and guidelines.

    Important details about applying for financial aid:

    • Include SMU's school code on your submissions: 6660 (CSS Profile) and 003613 (FAFSA).
    • Monitor your email for any additional documents that the SMU Office of Financial Aid may request
    • FAFSA and CSS Profile forms must be completed every year.
    • FAFSA and CSS Profile are not required for international student applicants.
  3. Review guidelines on when to submit FAFSA and CSS Profile

    • All Regular Decision applicants must submit FAFSA and CSS Profile by January 15. Missed the January 15 deadline? Click here.

      If you missed the January 15 deadline, that’s OK. You can still be considered for need-based financial aid, File your FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible, and please note that your financial aid package may be delayed.

    • Dance, Music, and Theatre students applying Early Action: Click here.

      The posted Early Action financial aid deadline is November 1; however, please note that due to the highly competitive nature of artistic scholarships, Meadows cannot determine awards until after all auditions have concluded. Thus, a financial aid package will likely not be available until late March/early April. Submitting FAFSA/CSS Profile by the January 15 Regular Decision deadline will therefore be sufficient to be considered for all scholarships and need-based aid.

    • Art and Film B.F.A. students applying Early Action: Click here.

      Art and Film B.F.A. students applying Early Action who submit FAFSA and CSS Profile by November 1 will be considered for a Meadows artistic scholarship beginning in mid-February. Notification of artistic scholarships is via email.

    • All Early Decision (binding) applicants: Click here.

      Meadows will attempt to provide artistic scholarship information prior to your enrollment deposit deadline; however, due to the highly competitive nature of artistic scholarships, notification timing cannot be guaranteed. Students for whom an artistic scholarship award is an integral part of committing to SMU should likely not apply under the binding Early Decision application type.

    • Not applying for need-based aid? If you do not intend to apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit the Meadows Waiver Form. Trying to decide whether or not to apply for financial aid? Click here.

      The University's Division of Enrollment Services advises that a family income above $250,000 with one child in college is the approximate limit for need-based aid consideration.

  4. Review notification timeline:

    Academic merit scholarships: Students will be notified of any SMU academic merit scholarship they have received with their University admission decision. Students who do not submit test scores will not be considered for academic merit scholarships.

    Artistic merit scholarships: Meadows artistic merit scholarships are determined beginning in mid-March, with the bulk of awards being communicated at the end of March/early April.* Only students who have been admitted to Meadows and the University with completed FAFSA and CSS Profile forms OR a completed Meadows Waiver Form are considered for artistic scholarships. Notification of artistic scholarships is via email.
    *Art and Film (B.F.A.) students applying Early Action who submit FAFSA and CSS Profile by November 1 will be considered for a Meadows artistic scholarship in mid-February. Notification of artistic scholarships is via email.

    Complete financial aid packages: Approximately one week after the Meadows Artistic Merit Scholarship has been finalized, students will be able to log in to my.smu.edu to view their complete SMU Scholarship/Financial Aid Package.

Note: students who are dually admitted, i.e., are admitted to SMU, as well as to Meadows via their audition or portfolio submission, are automatically considered for a Meadows artistic merit scholarship. There is no separate artistic scholarship application.

Possible Elements of a Scholarship/Financial Aid Package

A financial aid package for a Meadows Dual Admit student may consist of any of the following, or a combination, as these elements can all be ‘stacked.’

Meadows Artistic Merit Scholarship

Entering first-year and transfer students majoring in Music, Dance, Theatre, Art, and Film & Media Arts (B.F.A.) who have been admitted to SMU and to Meadows via audition or portfolio submission are considered for renewable artistic merit scholarships. Scholarship selection is based on audition performance or quality of portfolio. A separate application is not required for Meadows Artistic Merit scholarship consideration. Award amounts vary by discipline. Minors (Music, Dance, Art) are not considered for artistic scholarships.

Meadows Scholar Award

The Meadows Scholars Program provides renewable scholarships to approximately 20 first-year students who have demonstrated high achievement in both the arts and academics. First-year students who have been admitted to SMU and indicate on their SMU admission application that they plan to major in any Meadows area of study are considered for this award. Students must have a minimum 1410 on the SAT or minimum ACT composite score of 31, and a minimum 3.5 high school GPA to be considered. Selection for this highly competitive scholarship is determined using SMU admission application information. Note: Students who do not submit test scores will not be considered for the Meadows Scholar Award.

Funding for the Meadows Scholars Program is made possible by generous support from Meadows' patrons of the arts.

SMU Academic Merit Scholarship (First-Year students): See SMU Academic Scholarship Programs for more information. Do you have extraordinary leadership qualities and strong academic performance? Be sure to apply for the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program, the only SMU scholarship which requires an application. Note: Students who do not submit test scores will not be considered for academic scholarships.

Transfer Scholarships: see Transfer Scholarships for more information.

SMU Need-based grant, Federal grant(s), State grant(s), Loans and/or work-study Awards: See SMU Need-based Assistance for more information.

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