Graduate assistantships are available in most areas of study in the College of Music. The annual stipend can vary from $7,998.72 to $15,997.44 depending upon the stipend amount, the availability of supplemental scholarship funding, average hours per week, amount of service rendered, the nature of the service, and the qualifications of the student. Graduate assistants receive a waiver of a substantial portion of both in-state and out-of-state tuition (minus fees). Please understand that all students pay fees, no matter if they are on assistantship or not. Unfortunately fees cannot be waived. Tuition waiver holders should expect to pay over $1,000 in fees per semester, (including the $350 music facilities fee), plus the cost of books, health insurance, and personal expenses. Admissions applications will be accepted at any time, but the end of February is the deadline to be considered for assistantships that begin the following fall semester.
All students who complete the application process for admission to the College of Music are considered automatically for a graduate assistantship. No additional assistantship application is required.
Exception: Piano candidates who wish to be considered for an accompanying assistantship must meet with members of the accompanying faculty and do a short sight-reading test. This will take place on the Friday afternoon of audition weekends; candidates must contact Professor Trujillo (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a time.
Partial Tuition Waivers
A limited number of partial tuition waivers are awarded to graduate students not on assistantship. The partial tuition waiver pays for the cost of eight (8) graduate-level credit hours. Note: Eligibility for receipt of this partial tuition waiver is contingent upon enrolling for a minimum of nine (9) graduate-level credit hours in the Fall term and nine (9) graduate-level credit hours in the Spring term. Recipients of these awards are responsible for funding one (1) full credit of tuition in the Fall and one (1) full credit of tuition in the Spring. The partial tuition waiver is a non-duty award, which means that recipients are not employed by the university. These awards may be renewable for future semesters, pending the availability of funding.
General Financial Aid
Graduate Students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Federal College Work Study Program, the Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal Family Loan Programs (Stafford, Non-Subsidized Stafford, SLS and PLUS). Students should correspond directly with the Office of Financial Aid, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2430 to receive appropriate applications and instructions. Because of strict financial deadlines, this process must take place as soon as possible after January 1 to be considered for aid for the following academic year. A student may apply for financial aid before acceptance for admission. Financial aid awards, however, are not made until the student is admitted to the University. If applying for financial aid in the form of government loans, students are expected to complete the FAFSA form. The loan process is handled by offices outside of the College of Music. Please visit the FSU Office of Financial Aid website for more information: http://financialaid.fsu.edu/