MFA in Music Composition

MFA in Music Composition Scholarships

Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit based scholarships and need based scholarships. In addition, we provide resources for external scholarships and tips on researching external scholarships.

Restricted Scholarships

The MFA in Music Composition program offers restricted scholarship awards to accepted students who complete their applications by the Priority Deadline for the semester in which they would like to enroll. To apply: once you have been accepted into the program, notify the program director of your interest in being considered for one of the following restricted scholarships, then complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Music Educator Award—This scholarship supports music educators pursuing their own artistic development. Private instructors, K-12 teachers, and college-level educators are all eligible to be considered for an award ranging from $4,000-$8,000 and spread out over four semesters.

Women Composers Fellowship—In support of women in the field of music composition, VCFA has instituted a $4,000-$8,000 grant spread over four semesters. All women composers accepted into the program are eligible to be considered for this award.

Regional Composers Scholarship—A Vermont-based donor has made it possible for more regional students to enroll in the MFA in Music Composition. If you are from the New England or New York area, and are accepted into the program, you may be considered for this grant of up to $2,000 applied toward your first semester tuition.

Composers Fellowship Award—Earning an MFA degree in music composition is now possible for many composers who may have once thought it geographically or logistically unavailable. New students are eligible to receive scholarships ranging from $500-$2,000.

Unrestricted Scholarships

The MFA in Music Composition program awards several small unrestricted scholarships. Merit- and need-based scholarships range from $250 to $2,500. To apply: once you have been accepted into the program, notify the program director of your interest in being considered for one of the following unrestricted scholarships, then complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Need-Based Scholarships—Other scholarships are based on financial need. Need-based scholarships require the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. VCFA uses the financial results from the FAFSA to determine a student's level of financial need.

Merit-Based Scholarships—A limited number of scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest.


External Scholarships for Music Students

Contact

David Markow

VP for Enrollment Management
David.Markow@vcfa.edu
802-828-8535


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