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Lamont School of Music

Graduate Scholarships & Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

As a master's student at Lamont degree plans are typically between 50 and 55 credit hours over 2 years, or ¾-time cost of attendance (8-10 credits per quarter). Our typical graduate student takes 25 credits per year; this brings the tuition amount to roughly $33,120 for the 2013-2014 school year. For a breakdown of additional costs (housing, fees, etc...) please visit the DU Financial Aid website.

Financial Aid

All students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). This application must be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st, and before March 1st of each year of attendance to assure priority consideration for financial aid awards. You can fill out the FAFSA online. For the different types of federal financial aid available and additional information about federal and state aid, please visit the DU Financial Aid website or call 303-871-4020.


Endowed Scholarships can range from $1,000 to full tuition and are typically specific for each individual student's area of study. 

Graduate Deans Scholarships are awarded to exceptionally talented graduate students. These awards constitute tuition waivers and are not restricted to instrument area of study. Recipients of the award can be awarded up to full tuition.

Robert and Judi Newman Fellowship: Each year, the Lamont School of Music select one outstanding graduate student to be named the Robert and Judi Newman Fellow. This award includes a full tuition scholarship and a stipend in the amount of $25,000 per year for two successive years. The recipient is expected to contribute in some way as service to the University as determined by the Director of the Lamont School of Music.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships include either full or partial tuition waivers plus a modest stipend. The amount of tuition waiver and stipend vary. Availability of assistantships varies based on current studio appointments. Job descriptions and responsibilities also vary from department to department. International students wishing to be considered for a GTA must score a minimum of 26 on the Internet Based TOEFL speaking subsection. Alternatively a score of 8 on the speaking portion of the IELTS can also serve as fulfillment of this requirement. For more information, simply contact the appropriate faculty member for specific information or the Lamont Office of Admission with general questions. GTA's are available in the following disciplines:

  • Brass
  • Choral Conducting
  • Guitar
  • Jazz Studies and Commercial Music
  • Keyboards
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory/Composition
  • Orchestra Conducting
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Wind Conducting
  • Woodwinds