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Financing Your Education

All Students

Need-based financial aid is available to all non-international students and is processed through the University of Cincinnati Financial Aid Office. Please visit the University's Student Financial Aid Information site.

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All applicants to the College-Conservatory of Music are automatically considered for a scholarship based solely on ability as demonstrated in the admissions audition/interview. Applicants must complete all university and CCM admissions procedures for awards which range from partial to full instructional fees.

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 every year and transfers and returning students 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:  The Cincinnatus Academic Scholarship Competition is open to all qualifying freshmen applicants.  Academic awards range from $2,000 to $20,000 per year.  Please visit the Cincinnatus Scholarship site for details, including application materials and deadlines.


Graduate Incentive Awards

These university sponsored scholarships provide for partial to full instructional fee and nonresident surcharges of the student and are 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 (minimum 3.0 GPA) and receive positive recommendation from the faculty in the major program of study. The scholarships are then awarded by the CCM Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee.

University Graduate Assistantships

These awards cover full tuition plus a 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.

Graduate assistantships may be available in the following areas:

  • 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. The graduate assistantships are then awarded by the CCM Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee.