Financial Aid and Scholarships

All Students

Need-based financial aid for US citizens and permanent residents is processed through UC's Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be on file to be eligible for loans, grants and work study.

The FAFSA becomes available at fafsa.ed.gov on October 1, with students who complete the FAFSA by December 1 given priority consideration for limited funding sources. 

Undergraduate Students

Talent-Based Scholarships

All CCM applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship based solely on their ability demonstrated by their pre-screen/audition/interview performance. Applicants must complete all UC and CCM admissions procedures for awards. Talent-based scholarships are not guaranteed.

Scholarships are awarded for one year and are renewable subject to the following conditions:

  • Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Freshmen must satisfy this at the end of their first year and upperclassmen at the end of every semester.
  • The registration and completion of at least 12 credit hours each semester of the academic year.
  • Satisfactory performance for the faculty through board appearances in the student's area, and evidence of continued progress, development and ability in that area.

Academic Scholarships

Cincinnatus Scholarship

The Cincinnatus Academic Scholarship is open to all qualifying freshman applicants. On average, students receive $2,000 per year in renewable Cincinnatus Scholarship, with a few awards ranging all the way up to full tuition and fees. Each year, roughly one third of students admitted to CCM are awarded a Cincinnatus Scholarship. All application materials must be received by December 1 for Cincinnatus consideration. To obtain more information about the academic scholarship program contact UC's Financial Aid Office or visit the Cincinnatus website.

National Outreach Award

The National Outreach Award scholarship is open to all qualifying freshman applicants from the following states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusettes, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.

Students who meet the minimum requirements are awarded $6,000 per year in a renewable scholarship. All application materials must be received by December 1 for consideration. To obtain more information about minimum qualifications, visit the National Outreach Award website.


Graduate Students

Talent-Based Scholarships

All graduate applicants will be considered for talent and merit-based Graduate Incentive Scholarships. This scholarship is based on the applicant's audition and current GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Graduate Incentive Scholarship amount may range up to full tuition and is usually awarded for two semesters of the academic year on the basis of scholarly achievement and performing ability. Scholarships for summer study are available and awarded separately.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be admitted unconditionally and receive positive recommendation from faculty in the major program of study. Scholarships are awarded by the CCM Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee. Applicants will be notified of this award by April 1.

University Graduate Assistantships

University Graduate Assistantships cover full tuition plus a 9-month stipend of $4,416 - $10,746 depending on the level of study and specific assignment. The graduate assistantship also includes payment for the semesterly instructional fee. A personal interview in Cincinnati is generally required for consideration.

Some programs require additional materials and pre-screenings for consideration. Please refer to the specific audition/interview requirements for your desired major.

  • Administrative Assistants
  • All Orchestral Instruments
  • Arts Administration
  • Choral Conducting
  • Classical Guitar
  • Instrumental Techniques (teaching): string, brass, woodwinds
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education (teaching)
  • Music History (teaching)
  • Musical Theater Accompanying
  • Opera Coaching and Accompanying
  • Opera Production
  • Orchestral Conducting
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Studio Accompanying (vocal and instrumental)
  • Theater Design and Production
  • Theater Performance
  • Theory (teaching)
  • Voice
  • Wind Conducting

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants must be admitted unconditionally and receive a specific recommendation for an assignment. Graduate Assistantships are awarded by the CCM Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee. All assistantship decisions will be made by April 1.


Competitions and Fellowships

Certain programs host competitions and fellowships that are open to applicants. See below:

  • Strader Organ Scholarship Competition (Applications will be emailed to all organ applicants)
  • Opera Scholarship Competition (Applications will be emailed to all singers who advance through pre-screening with a submission deadline of January 7)
  • Brass Quintet Fellowship
  • CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship

Tuition and Fees

Information about cost of attendance at the University of Cincinnati can be found here: