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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Did you know the cost of college varies from person to person? Depending on your audition or portfolio, academic profile, and family income, you may qualify for academic scholarship, artistic scholarship from Meadows, and/or need-based aid from SMU or the U.S. government.

Seventy-five percent 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, and 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

Click on your area below to see average artistic scholarship amounts and average total financial aid/scholarship packages from last year’s admitted first-year class.

ART 

Art Student Package

total art aid packages*

 

Average artistic scholarship of admitted art applicants was $5,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted art applicants was $20,000
This year, SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2020-21 is $58,540
* Does not include loans or work study compensation; the above scholarships + need-based aid packages represent “free money” that does not have to be paid back.

DANCE 

Dance Student Package

total dance scholarship and aid packages*

 

Average artistic scholarship of admitted dance applicants was $11,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted dance applicants was $35,000
This year, SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2020-21 is $58,540
* Does not include loans or work study compensation; the above scholarships + need-based aid packages represent “free money” that does not have to be paid back.

FILM-B.F.A. 

Film Student Package

total film scholarship and aid packages*

 

Average artistic scholarship of admitted film applicants was $6,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted film applicants was $27,000
This year, SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2020-21 is $58,540
* Does not include loans or work study compensation; the above scholarships + need-based aid packages represent “free money” that does not have to be paid back.

MUSIC 

Music Student Package

total music scholarship and aid packages*

 

Average artistic scholarship of admitted music applicants was $13,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted music applicants was $40,600
This year, SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2020-21 is $58,540
* Does not include loans or work study compensation; the above scholarships + need-based aid packages represent “free money” that does not have to be paid back.

THEATRE 

Theatre Student Package

total theatre scholarship and aid packages*

 

Average artistic scholarship of admitted theatre applicants was $12,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted theatre applicants was $36,000
This year, SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2020-21 is $58,540
* Does not include loans or work study compensation; the above scholarships + need-based aid packages represent “free money” that does not have to be paid back.

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

    • Dual Admit students (Music, Dance, Theatre, Film and Media Arts [B.F.A.], and Art)
      Be sure to submit your FAFSA and CSS profile by January 15. Please note that Meadows artistic scholarships will be determined after all candidates in each Meadows division have been reviewed for admission. Therefore, admitted students should expect final scholarship and financial aid packages between mid-March and early April.

    • Students pursuing degrees in Advertising, Art History, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Creative Computing, Fashion Media, Film and Media Arts (B.A.), Journalism, and Public Relations and Strategic Communication should submit FAFSA and CSS profile by November 1 if applying Early Action or Early Decision I. If applying Regular Decision or Early Decision II, submit the FAFSA and CSS profile by January 15.

    • 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 $350,000 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.
  5. 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, Film & Media Arts (B.F.A.) or Art and 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, as well as departmental need for the specific discipline/instrument. 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. Selection for this highly competitive scholarship is determined using SMU admission application information. No additional application is required for consideration. 
    • Funding for the Meadows Scholars Program is made possible by generous support from Meadows' patrons of the arts.
  • SMU Academic Merit Scholarship

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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