The College of Arts and Architecture

Graduate Financial Aid Information

For current information regarding costs associated with attending Penn State, please visit Penn State Tuition to calculate your tuition and fees. You may also calculate your costs to include room and board if living in a residence hall.

Penn State's Office of Student Aid provides assistance to students through a variety of programs from federal, state, and institutional funding sources. A complete description of these programs is located in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin and in the Overview of Graduate Funding for Prospective Students.

In all cases where a student is seeking financial assistance through the University, an admission application also should be filed. No formal action can be taken on financial aid until an offer of admission is approved. Early application for financial aid is recommended.

School of Music

Graduate Assistantships
A limited number of assistantships are awarded to outstanding candidates who are pursuing graduate music degrees. Non-degree graduate students (including certification-only) are not eligible to receive graduate assistantships or fellowships. For fall semester admission, applications received by February 15, with audition and/or interview requirements completed by March 15, will be given full consideration for admission and graduate assistantship funding.

The Penn State School of Music Graduate Assistantship Application is a Microsoft Word document. Please complete the form, save it as a pdf document, and then upload it to your online graduate school application.

School of Music assistantship awards for 2019-20 include a 10-month stipend of $10,395 for quarter-time appointments and $20,790 for half-time appointments, plus a grant-in-aid covering the full tuition and fees. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Test are required for consideration of assistantships in the areas of musicology and music theory and for fellowships for Ph.D. applicants in music education, but are not required for other music graduate degree programs. Graduate assistantship applications can also be requested at the following:

  • School of Music Graduate Admissions
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • 233 Music Building I
  • University Park, PA 16802-1901
  • Phone: 814-865-5568
  • Fax: 814-865-6785
  • Email:

Graduate School

University Graduate Fellowships
These University Graduate Fellowships (UGFs) are awarded to scholastically outstanding Ph.D. students by the Graduate School for the first year of study only. During the second year, UGF students are generally awarded teaching assistantships, at a slightly reduced stipend, and are given teaching or other responsibilities. Applicants must be nominated by the academic area. Please click here for current funding information.

In order for scholastically outstanding Ph.D. applicants to be nominated by the School of Music for a University Graduate Fellowship for fall admission, completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by December 1.

Minority Graduate Scholars Awards
These assistantships, offered through the Graduate School, are granted to incoming students as part of the University's comprehensive educational opportunity program.  Applicants must be nominated by their academic area. For more information, please contact:

  • Graduate School Fellowship and Awards Office
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • 209 Kern Building
  • University Park, PA 16802-3303
  • Phone: 814-865-2514
  • Email:

Office of Student Aid

Eligibility for low-interest student loans is based on financial need in most cases. The amount of the loan will vary greatly from student to student. Long-term repayment plans are available.

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) is based on financial need. Participants in the program are placed in jobs on the University Park campus, and work hours are scheduled subject to student availability. Work-study jobs are usually limited to twenty hours each week. For more information, please contact:

  • Office of Student Aid
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • 314 Shields Building
  • University Park, PA 16802-1220
  • Phone: 814-865-6301