University of North Texas Scholarships & Financial Aid

The University of North Texas is a comprehensive university that offers many scholarships to help you finance your education, and academic awards can be a very important part of your financial plan. Many of our prospective and current students compete for academic scholarships, which are awarded on merit and on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolling in the fall term. We recommend you apply to UNT and the College of Music as early as possible and that you review the information about university funded scholarships and the other types of aid provided by UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, especially those awards available through the Eagle Scholarship Portal.

The College of Music encourages every music student and applicant to create a profile in the Eagle Scholarship Portal annually by March 1. After the profile is created, you are automatically matched to scholarship opportunities for which you immediately qualify. No further action is required for these auto-matched scholarships. However, you may be prompted to answer additional questions and/or may be eligible to compete for additional scholarship opportunities if you provide additional information. To maximize your scholarship eligibility, please review each scholarship opportunity and submit the additional requirements. Please be mindful of the applicable deadlines on each scholarship opportunity.

The College of Music also encourages every music student and applicant to complete the following applications for federal and/or state aid as applicable to each student’s circumstances. You are under no obligation to accept loans offered through these programs, but completion of the application may allow you to be considered for other types of need-based aid from the college and university.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Before each year of college, eligible students should apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. UNT uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility, and also uses FAFSA data to award other need-based aid.

Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)

If you are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid, then you may be able to receive aid from the state. Use the chart on the page linked below to determine if you are able to fill out the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) to be considered for state and institutional financial aid.

Texas Public Education Grant for International Students (TPEG-I)

The purpose of the TPEG is to provide limited financial assistance to eligible non-immigrant international students on F and J visas. Students must demonstrate financial need to pay the estimated minimum tuition, fees, and other expenses for enrollment in UNT credit-bearing coursework.


College of Music Scholarships

The College of Music awards competitive music scholarships based on talent and professional promise. When you apply for admission to the College, your application and audition also serves as the application for music scholarships. If you are an out-of-state student and you are awarded a competitive scholarship of $1,000 or more during the fall (or fall plus spring), you are able to attend UNT at the resident tuition rate for that academic year - including the summer term.  This is true for both music awards and the academic awards mentioned above.

Music scholarship recipients and the amount of awards are determined by faculty committees established from within the appropriate areas. Program needs are also considered in determining scholarship awards. Assuming all scholarship obligations are met each year, scholarships may be held for up to a total of four years for undergraduate study, two years for master’s level study, two years for the completion of a graduate artist certificate, or three years for doctoral study. Of course, award renewal is subject to the availability of funding.  The college currently distributes over $900,000 in music scholarships to students each year.

If you receive a performance scholarship, you are required to submit a letter of appreciation, participate in appropriate performing ensembles each long semester, and must agree to accept assignment by the College of Music in no more than two performance laboratory ensembles each semester. If you receive a non-performance music scholarship, you are required to enroll in appropriate courses as determined by your area. All scholarship recipients must enroll full-time and meet minimum grade point average requirements. Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in music courses, 2.5 overall. Graduate students must a minimum 3.5 GPA.


Music Award Opportunities

There are over 200 separate scholarship opportunities administered by the College of Music that provide funding to music students.  With the exception of eight awards*, application materials beyond the admission/renewal application are not required. In accordance with university policy and state law, a complete listing of those awards follows.

*Presser Graduate Music Award, Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Awards, Anna Harriet Heyer Scholarship, Pi Kappa Lambda Scholarship, Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship, Clyde Miller French Horn Scholarship, Andy and Julie Hong Scholarship in Jazz Studies.  Awards announced each spring. Requires faculty nomination and application packet or separate audition. The Need-based Recording and Travel Fund provides support annually to music students with demonstrated financial need for their recording projects and travel. Applications accepted October 1 annually until funds are exhausted. See Awards for Continuing Students for additional information.