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Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate students (master's, doctoral, diploma) in the Jacobs School of Music pay tuition per credit hour according to in-state and out-of-state rates set by the Indiana University Board of Trustees.  In addition, graduate students are charged an $1,020.39 program fee and certain mandatory fees each semester.

Master's students may register for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 19 credit hours each fall and spring semester (with an average of approximately 11-12 credit hours).  Every semester, master's students must register for 2 credit hours of major ensemble, which do count towards the minimum and maximum semester load.  The 2 credit hours of major ensemble are free of charge, however.  Depending on course selection, master's students will therefore pay tuition cost for 6-17 credit hours each semester.

Doctoral students may also register for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 19 credit hours each fall and spring semester (with an average of 11-12 credit hours).  Most doctoral programs do not require enrollment in major ensemble. Most doctoral students will therefore pay tuition cost for 8-19 credit hours each semester.

Diploma students are required to register for a minimum of 10 credit hours each semester. Like master's students, diploma students are required to register for 2 credit hours of major ensemble.  Since the major ensemble credits are free of charge, diploma students are billed for a minimum of 8 credit hours each semester.

Graduate and diploma students may use the table to below to estimate cost. Please note that choices with regard to semester load will affect degree progress and timeline towards graduation.

2018-19 Graduate Tuition and Fees
  Indiana Resident Non-Indiana Resident
Tuition cost per credit hour: $638.93 $1,989.98
Program Fee (per semester): $1,020.39 $1,020.39
Mandatory Fees (per semester):    
Activity Fee $104.57 $104.57
Student Health Fee $117.16 $117.16
Technology Fee $192.28 $192.28
Transportation Fee $64.60 $64.60
Temporary Repair and Rehab $190.68 $190.68
Graduate Merit-Based Financial Aid

The Jacobs School of Music is committed to recognizing exceptional talent through merit-based scholarship and fellowship awards. All graduate financial aid decisions are made in mid-March after all admitted applicants have been processed and notified, and those receiving merit aid will receive notification by the week of April 1. This allows us to see the entire applicant pool and consider all applicants equally, regardless of when they auditioned or interviewed in the process. Scholarship decisions are based primarily on merit, which for the Jacobs School of Music means musical talent and accomplishment as demonstrated in the audition or interview, and academic achievement.

Graduate merit-based awards include the Artistic Excellence Award, Jacobs Fellowship, Dean's Scholarship, and numerous endowed scholarships.

In addition, a limited number of Associate Instructorships and Graduate Assistantships are available each year in various departments.  These positions offer a near complete coverage of tuition cost and a cash stipend, and give students invaluable experience teaching or performing other duties for their department.  Some doctoral students may also qualify for the four-year Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Fellowship, which is designed to provide significant financial funding for a student over four years. The JSOM Doctoral Fellowship is tailored to the needs of a given department and typically includes three years of Associate Instructorship and/or Graduate Assistantship and one year of a cash award (fellowship year).  Graduate merit-based financial aid is highly competitive, and all applicants to a graduate program in the Jacobs School of Music are automatically considered for all forms of merit-based financial assistance.

Policies concerning graduate merit-based financial aid in the Jacobs School of Music can be found in the Graduate Financial Aid Policies and the Jacobs School of Music Handbook for Associate Instructors & Graduate Assistants.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Each year, students at Indiana University Bloomington receive more than $280 million in federal financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, and income from work-study jobs. More than half of the students in the Jacobs School of Music receive federal aid. (Please note that international students are not eligible for federally funded, need-based assistance.) The Office of Student Financial Assistance, located in the Student Central building, handles all matters regarding need-based financial aid.