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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, Creative Computing, CCPA, 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 SMU Scholarships & Financial Aid page 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 2016 Incoming First-Year Dual Admit Students

Meadows Dual Admit (Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film-B.F.A.) students benefit greatly from the combination of generous funding available from various sources.

2016 Incoming FYR Performing Arts Students' Total Aid Package

*Total SMU Scholarship/Financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student: this could be a combination of SMU Academic Merit Scholarship, Meadows Artistic Merit Scholarship, SMU Need-based grant aid, and/or grants from the federal or state government. These figures do not include loans or work study awards, which are additional elements of many students’ packages.

2016 Incoming FYR Visual Arts Students' Total Aid Package

*Total SMU Scholarship/Financial aid package includes all “free money” that is offered to a student: this could be a combination of SMU Academic Merit Scholarship, Meadows Artistic Merit Scholarship, SMU Need-based grant aid, and/or grants from the federal or state government. These figures do not include loans or work study awards, which are additional elements of many students’ packages.

Financial Aid Application Process for Meadows Dual Admit Students

  1. Apply to SMU and Complete Audition or Submit Portfolio
  2. Submit FAFSA and CSS Profile
    • FAFSA and CSS Profile are available to fill out beginning October 1. For priority consideration, complete both forms by January 15. If you miss the priority deadline, it does not mean you won’t get funding- just be sure to submit your forms as soon as possible.
    • Be sure to include SMU's school code on your submissions: 6660 (CSS Profile) and 003613 (FAFSA).
    • FAFSA and CSS Profile forms must be completed every year.
    • FAFSA and CSS Profile are not required for international student applicants.

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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 1350 on the old SAT (critical reading and math), 1410 on the new 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. 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 award: See SMU Need-based Assistance for more information.

Timeline for Notification of Scholarships/Financial Aid for Meadows Dual Admit Students:

  1. Students will be notified of any SMU Academic Merit Scholarship they have received with their University admission decision.
  2. Note: Early Action Financial Aid deadline of November 1 (New for Fall 2017 Applicants): Students considering filing FAFSA/CSS Profile by the posted November 1 Early Action Deadline should note that due to the highly competitive nature of artistic scholarships, Meadows cannot determine awards until after all auditions and portfolio reviews have concluded. Thus, a financial aid package will likely not be available until late March. Filing FAFSA/CSS Profile by the January 15 Regular Decision deadline will be sufficient to be considered for any and all scholarships and need-based aid.
  3. Meadows Artistic Merit Scholarship Awards are determined beginning in mid-March, with the bulk of awards being communicated at the end of March. Only students with completed FAFSA/CSS Profile forms OR a completed Meadows Waiver Form are considered for Artistic Merit Scholarship Awards (see Financial Aid Application Process above). Students will be notified via email.
  4. 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.

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