San Diego State University has among the lowest fees in the nation for a major four-year public university and graduate fees are also low, particularly when compared to peer institutions across the country. Unlike many programs, SDSU music majors do not pay additional fees for private lesson instruction. An SDSU degree is that rare combination of quality and affordability!
Non-California residents pay an additional nonresident tuition. It is possible for graduate students to obtain California residency, however residency requirements must be fulfilled during the first year in attendance.
A significant percentage of Music and Dance students receive financial assistance to pursue their studies. Scholarships are highly competitive and award amounts vary, depending upon the level of need, available funding, and specific requirements.
Dance: Scholarships in dance are limited and are based upon the recommendation of faculty.
Music: Music scholarships are allocated based upon performance ability, program need and evidence of academic success as determined by the faculty through the audition process. Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible for talent-based awards.
All scholarships are renewable if a student maintains the required grade point average, is making progress in an appropriate degree program and fulfilling all conditions of the scholarship including units completed each semester.
Additional SDSU scholarships are available by application and qualifications vary depending upon the funding source. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for additional information.
In order to receive full consideration for a wide range of financial assistance such as work-study, Cal Grants, loans etc., students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.
Graduate students interested in being considered for a graduate assistant assignment or teaching position should include such information in their application packet to the School of Music and Dance. A resume outlining work experience, special skills, and any teaching experience is useful to the graduate committee in making determinations regarding such awards to incoming graduate students.