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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Financial Aid and Scholarships

School of Music Scholarships

All students intending to major in music who audition (live or via recording) prior to January 31 will be considered for School of Music scholarship money. Students who audition on or after January 31 may still be considered for funding, but at a lower priority. Scholarships are only available for music majors and an audition is not required to become a music minor.  All students who wish to receive a scholarship must apply to WSU first. Some scholarships require completion of the FAFSA.

Scholarships cannot be finalized until the student is admitted to WSU.

The School of Music provides competitive scholarships for incoming students and for returning students.

Cougar Award (Western Undergraduate Exchange)

The Cougar Award is a renewable scholarship for out-of-state residents for up to $10,000 a year. Students who complete the WSU general scholarship application are entered into the pool of applicants for this award. Click the title above for more information.

University Award Programs

Washington State University offers significant awards to incoming students as part of its admissions process. THE KEY TO RECEIVING THESE AWARDS IS EARLY APPLICATION. The awards are granted to academically strong students on a first-come, first-served basis, with funds often expended by January. Many other awards for incoming and returning students are available; these require submission of the Academic Scholarship Application by February 1. Please click on the link above to access detailed information on all these awards.

College of Arts and Sciences Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences provides many scholarships and awards to incoming and returning students. Please click on the College Link to access this information. Click on the following Link for other information about the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tuition and Expenses

How much does it cost to attend WSU?  Click here for information.

New Student Orientation Tests & Ensemble Auditions

During the week before classes each semester, new students audition for ensembles and take diagnostic examinations. The ensemble auditions are in addition to those required for admission, awards, and graduate assistantships. Please contact the director(s) of the ensemble(s) in which you are interested to select an audition time. For further details, click HERE.


Contact the Music Office at (509) 335-3898, stop by Room 260 of Kimbrough Hall, or e-mail