Don't let a lack of funds stand in your way. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Students must be declared BFA dance majors to be considered for the following scholarship opportunities.
Dance Talent Scholarships
Friends of Dance fund one to two scholarships each year, awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding talent at an audition. To renew the scholarship each year, recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA, participate fully in all department performance activities and be a good university citizen. To be considered for an annual Dance Talent Scholarship, apply to the university by November 1 and audition October 24, November 7, November 14 or January 16 in New York City.
Harriet Mattusch Special Recognition Award
A scholarship funded by Dance Council Partnership is awarded by the Dance faculty to a full-time, continuing, undergraduate student who demonstrates consistent hard work and dedication to dance as an art form and who makes positive contributions to School of Dance activities.
Kevin Campbell Summer Scholarships
Tuition grants to summer dance intensives were established in 1990 to offer dance majors enrichment opportunities that might not be otherwise available. Applicants must demonstrate a serious intent to pursue a personal objective through summer study, make contributions to the Mason Dance Company through choreography, performance and service, and show a need for financial assistance. These awards have given dancers the opportunity to study in the intensives and workshops of Bates Dance Festival, Parsons Dance, Jacob's Pillow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey, Gallim Dance, LEVYdance, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Center, Urban Bush Women Summer Institute, White Mountain Dance Festival, and the Joe Goode Workshop.
University Academic Scholarships
A high percentage of incoming dance majors are awarded university academic scholarships based on their admissions applications. The University application deadline for scholarship consideration is November 1.
University Scholars Award
The most competitive and distinguished merit scholarship, this award requires a specific request for consideration. Prospective freshmen should check the appropriate box for "University Scholar" on their applications. Go here for more information.
If you’re interested in applying for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the federal processor by March 1 of every year. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of the preceding year because some fund types are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit How to Apply for Financial Aid.