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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Did you know the cost of college will vary from person to person? Depending on your audition or portfolio, academic profile, and family income, you may qualify for artistic scholarship, academic scholarship, and/or need-based 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 2019

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

ART

2019-20 Admitted First-Year Art Applicants' Scholarship and Aid Data*

Art Student Package

total art aid packages*

Average artistic scholarship of admitted art applicants is $5,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted art applicants is $20,000
SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2019-2020 is $56,560
* 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

2019-20 Admitted First-Year Dance Applicants' Scholarship and Aid Data*

Dance Student Package

total dance scholarship and aid packages*

Average artistic scholarship of admitted dance applicants is $11,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted dance applicants is $35,000
SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2019-2020 is $56,560
* 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.

2019-20 Admitted First-Year Film Applicants' Scholarship and Aid Data*

Film Student Package

total film scholarship and aid packages*

Average artistic scholarship of admitted film applicants is $6,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted film applicants is $27,000
SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2019-2020 is $56,560
* 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

2019-20 Admitted First-Year Music Applicants' Scholarship and Aid Data*

Music Student Package

total music scholarship and aid packages*

Average artistic scholarship of admitted music applicants is $13,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted music applicants is $40,600
SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2019-2020 is $56,560
* 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

2019-20 Admitted First-Year Theatre Applicants' Scholarship and Aid Data*

Theatre Student Package

total theatre scholarship and aid packages*

Average artistic scholarship of admitted theatre applicants is $12,000
Average total scholarship + aid package* of admitted theatre applicants is $36,000
SMU Undergrad Tuition and Fees 2019-2020 is $56,560
* 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

    • 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, 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. 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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