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Lamont School of Music

Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid


The Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate used in determining need based financial aid. Students may only receive financial aid up to the total cost of attendance, or budget, for any given aid year.  The budget (COA) is determined by actual tuition and fee costs and estimated costs of living, and will only be calculated for the terms a student is actually enrolled.  For a breakdown of the 2013-2014 sample budget for a student taking a full load of classes during Fall, Winter, and Spring terms and living on campus, please visit the DU Financial Aid website. Direct costs are those charged to your student account whereas indirect costs are estimates of your expenses during enrollment.

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 additional information concerning federal aid, please visit the DU Financial Aid website or call 303-871-4020.

Scholarship Information

If you are eligible to receive both an academic award and a music award, Lamont Admission works with Undergraduate Admission to put together the best scholarship offer possible. Therefore, an applicant can receive both awards, but the awards are not truly stackable in nature. If eligible to receive both awards, we encourage you to look at the total scholarship offered and note that if offered both awards, distribution of the total amount is purely an administrative decision.

Music Scholarship

All music scholarships are very competitive and are reserved for our very best applicants. These awards are primarily based on the quality of your audition, portfolio or interview, and proven potential for future success. All of those who pass a successful audition will automatically be considered for music scholarships. There is no additional application necessary. If chosen, music scholarships can range from $1,000 to full tuition.

Academic Scholarship

The University of Denver offers a variety of scholarships to qualified students. Academic scholarships and grants are offered through the admission process. If your academic credentials meet various requirements, Undergraduate Admission will offer you a merit award in your letter of acceptance. Students are automatically considered for merit awards and do not need to submit any additional applications or essays to qualify. Merit awards range from $8,000 to $20,000.

Full Tuition Scholarship

The Lamont School of Music awards full tuition scholarships to a select few of the best and brightest applicants. These scholarships are extremely competitive, renewable for four years and available in ALL potential areas of study.

Daniel Ritchie Scholarship

Each year, the Lamont School of Music chooses one outstanding applicant to be named a Daniel Ritchie Scholar. This scholarship is the highest award a student can earn as an incoming undergraduate student at Lamont. The award includes a full tuition scholarship and an additional $6,000 for use towards room and board. The Daniel Ritchie Scholarship is need-dependent; for eligibility, please complete the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE.