Quick Links

Scholarships and Financial Aid

 

At the Schulich School of Music, funding opportunities are available through awards, bursaries, prizes or scholarships based on academic performance and financial need for Music undergraduate students.

The different categories of funding opportunities are listed below:


1. Government Aid, McGill Bursaries and Loans

The Student Aid and Scholarship Office administers McGill bursaries and loans on the basis of financial need for all McGill students.  This office also offers information on other government financial aid programs for which students may be eligible.

All applicants for McGill bursaries and loans must first apply for maximum government grants or other assistance for which they may be eligible before being considered for financial assistance from the Student Aid and Scholarship Office.

Please contact the Student Aid and Scholarship Office for more information on government aid and McGill bursaries and loans.

*Citizens of United States: Stafford Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, and parental loans (PLUS) are recognized by the United States for studies in Canada.  Please enquire at the Department of Education in your state capital, and also at local banks, which may operate Higher Education Loan Plans.


2. Music Entrance Scholarships

Entrance Scholarships are awarded by Department Chairs in consultation with Area Chairs to outstanding applicants based on audition and Grade Point Average (GPA).  Awards are made at the time of admission.

Entrance scholarships are administered by Music Admissions and the Scholarships Committee. 

 


3. Music In-Course Awards

In-Course Awards are merit-based awards, that are granted through the Dean’s Office to students who are registered in a Schulich School of Music program.  These awards come in the form of scholarships, awards, prizes or bursaries at the discretion of the Dean and the Schulich School of Music Scholarships Committee.

To be eligible, a student must have successfully completed a minimum of 27 credits TOTAL in the fall and winter semesters (excluding satisfactory/unsatisfactory and summer courses) in the preceding academic year.

No applications are required as all eligible students will automatically be considered. Awards are generally made in the spring on the basis of academic standing during the preceding fall and winter terms.

Music In-Course Awards are administered by the dean [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dean’s Office).


IMPORTANT NOTE:

1. Courses flagged with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option will be excluded from the credit load considered for scholarships. A student must be registered for a minimum of 27 credits in the fall and winter semesters, in addition to any S/U course.
2. Summer courses are excluded from the credit load considered for in-course awards.
3. Credits for outstanding incompletes, withdrawals or deferrals will not be considered for in-course awards.

Detailed information on undergraduate scholarships can be found on the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards University Calendar.


FREQUENTLTY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How do I apply for a music scholarship?

No applications are required as all eligible music students will automatically be considered. You may meet with your Area Chair to request advice.

How many credits must I register for to be eligible for scholarships?

Students must register for 27 graded credits in the fall and winter semesters (excluding summer courses) in order to be eligible for in-course and renewable scholarships from the Schulich School of Music. **Please note that courses flagged with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option are excluded from the credit load.  Students must be registered for a minimum of 27 credits in addition to any S/U courses.

I've been told that I only need to register for 24 credits to be considered full time.  Is this true?

Yes, 24 credits is considered full time. At this credit load, a scholarship would not be taken away. However, in order to be eligible for scholarship consideration or renewal in the next academic year, students must register for 27 credits in the preceding year.

What if I am graduating, and do not have enough credits remaining to register as a full-time student?  Can I still accepy my scholarship?

Yes. An exception can be made in your graduating year with Departmental approval.

Who do I speak with if I think I should be eligible for a music scholarship, but am not sure I will automatically considered?

Scholarships are awarded primarily based on sessional GPA, level of achievement on your practical instrument, and by Area recommendation. The Scholarships Committee includes all Area Chairs in the decision-making process in order to ensure all students are well represented. You may meet with your Area Chair to request increased financial support.

When will I receive my scholarship funds?

Scholarships and awards are normally credited to a student's fee account, one half for each of the fall and winter terms. Students should reduce the payments of their fees by the appropriate amount.

What happens if my scholarship is not deposited into my student account by my tuition deadline?

Students should contact Catherine Healy in the Dean’s Office to ensure there is no problem with the implementation of your scholarship. Students will not be penalized for administrative delays beyond their control.

What if the value of my scholarship is more than my tuition?

After the course add/drop deadline has passed, a student may apply for reimbursement of the balance left in his/her student fee account by filling out a Request for Refund Form. Contact Student Accounts for more information.