While the Department of Music does award scholarships and grants to eligible, deserving students, competition is rigorous for limited funds. Students are therefore encouraged to explore all possible avenues of financial support for their college education.
Students should carefully review and avail themselves of the information presented on the Howard University Office of Student Financial Services website, and in other sections of this Financial Aid page.
The following guidelines pertain to financial aid awarded by the Department of Music:
(1) Eligibility. Financial aid is awarded only to individuals who have been admitted by both the University Office of Admission and the Department of Music. Prospective students are eligible for Department of Music scholarships based on audition performance and recommendations from the faculty.
(2) Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships and grant awards from Howard University funds are available only to students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA"). This form is used to determine eligibility for student financial aid, and should be prepared annually by all current and prospective students (undergraduate and graduate) applying for financial aid.
- The FAFSA may be found online at fafsa.ed.gov.
- The FAFSA must be submitted before February 1st each year.
(3) Recommendations Subject to Review. Any financial assistance recommended by the Department of Music may be reduced after analysis of the student's file by the Howard University Office of Student Financial Services, depending on:
- Other available funding sources (family income, Federal grants, etc.); and
- University and Federal regulations.
(4) Full Scholarships. The Department of Music is unable to award full scholarships.
(5) Term of Award. Music Scholarships are awarded for one semester or one academic year at a time only. Students must re-apply for scholarships each year. The Department of Music does not guarantee a specific scholarship amount from year-to-year.
(6) Satisfactory Academic Progress. Continuing music students must successfully complete 70% of courses attempted each semester to be eligible for a Department of Music award the following semester. If the student has been awarded for the school year but then does not satisfy the SAP requirement in the Fall semester, then the Spring portion of the original award may be rescinded. Separately, if the Spring semester does not satisfy the SAP then the student is ineligible for a Departmental award the following semester. Such recaptured scholarship funds may be awarded to other eligible students. This policy allows academically successful students to receive additional assistance.
While these guidelines address some of the major issues concerning financial aid availability and eligibility, they should not be considered all-inclusive. For additional information or assistance, please contact Dr. Liana Valente, Chair, Department of Music Financial Aid Committee.