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Undergraduate Tuition Estimates

Graduate Tuition Estimates



Mason Gross Conservatory Fees 

In addition to the tuition and fees listed on the links above, Mason Gross School of the Arts students should also expect a conservatory school fee. The fee is in place to cover the cost of small class sizes, individualized instruction and specialized equipment/facilities used at Mason Gross School of the Arts. The cost per semester for the 2019-2020 year is listed below by major:

•Art & Design: $411
•Dance: $411
•Filmmaking: $411
•Music: $411
•Theater-Acting: $2,500
•Theater-Design: $1,500
•Theater-Production: $163

Financial Aid Information 

All students who submit an application to Mason Gross and complete a talent assessment (audition/interview/portfolio) are considered for scholarship. However, Rutgers uses your FASFA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need, and the funds available to the university, all domestic students are highly encouraged to submit a FASFA form for full consideration. THe FASFA priority deadline is December 1 (first year applicants) and February 1 (transfer applicants).  Financial aid packages may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:


  • Gift Aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognizes financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
  • Loans which must be repaid (usually after graduation), can come grom private lenders as well as federal, state, and university sources.
  • Work-study allows domestic students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.
  • To learn more about Rutgers University Financial Aid, visit here.  

    Undergraduate Scholarship Information 

    • General Information (click here to expand)

      All undergraduate applicants will be reviewed for scholarship after admissions decisions have gone out. Applicants who demonstrate exceptional artistic talent and/or exceptional academic promise will be considered for merit scholarship. In most cases scholarships awarded to an incoming student will be renewed in subsequent years, provided that the student remains in good standing artistically and academically. Some scholarships are offered on a one-time basis, when funds become available in a given year. It is important for a student who is awarded a scholarship to understand the nature of the assistance and any conditions that may be attached to it.

      The average Mason Gross scholarship ranges between $3,500 - $10,000 per year annually. 

      Requirements for renewal: In most cases, a student is awarded a scholarship is expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and to be in good standing artistically. If a student is placed on Artistic Probation, or if the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.25 at any time, the scholarship may be reduced or removed at the end of the academic year by the Dean of Students and Department Scholarship Committee.

      Please note: each school within Rutgers University has its own criteria for merit scholarships.  If a student is admitted to multiple schools within Rutgers University, the student will only receive the award affiliated with the school they enroll in. A student can only enroll at one Rutgers University unit so scholarships from different schools cannot be combined even if the student intends to double major. 


    • How Applicants Are Notified of Merit Scholarships (click here to expand)

      • Applicants are notified of their award package after they receive their University admissions decision.
      • Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis as funds become available. It is possible for students to qualify for an award months after other students have been notified of their awards.
      • We send notification to students who have received awards. Applicants who have not qualified for an award will not receive a notification.

    • Outside Sources of Aid (click here to expand)

      Applicants to Mason Gross and current students are always encouraged to explore outside sources of aid to help pay for their education. Every little bit helps and we always encourage our students to apply to as many scholarship opportunities as they can find. A few helpful scholarship search engines we recommend are:
      Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
      •Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students: provides a directory of diversity scholarships and educational support programs. is proud to announce a $1000 annual scholarship for new, current, and returning college students! This scholarship is designed to help a student become successful in a career focused on one aspect of art or design. Applicants will be able to submit their entry along with a design, drawing, film, artwork, short story, poem or literally any type of art they are most proud of. The winner will be selected by the end of June and the winner will receive $1000 towards higher education.1st Art Gallery Scholarship Information,  

      Students may also consider applying to private loans, PLUS loans and researching the information on the The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid website and looking into the following options below:
      William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Full or half-time graduate students are eligible. To apply, students must complete and submit the FAFSA. Graduate students may receive an amount up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds. An origination fee of up to 4% is deducted from the loan proceeds. The unsubsidized loan has a variable interest rate, and is capped at a maximum of 8.25%. Loan repayments include plans for traditional principal/ interest payments, extended payments, graduated payments, and income contingent payments. Federal loan consolidation is also an available option. For information on Federal loans go to Federal Direct Loan Programs.
      New Jersey College Loan to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) Full or half-time graduate students are eligible to apply. Eligibility may not exceed the student's estimated cost of attendance minus other financial aid received. Application is made via a separate loan application available in the Office of Financial Aid. Borrowers must be credit worthy or provide an acceptable cosigner. There is no interest subsidy. The interest rate may be fixed or variable, and depends on the option selected at the time of application. A 5% origination fee is deducted from the loan proceeds. Repayment is 15 years from the date of the first disbursement. A variety of repayment options are available.
      PLUS Loan for Graduate or Professional Students Graduate or professional students are now eligible to borrow under the PLUS Loan Program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. Requirements include a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history, repayment beginning on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, and a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent in the Direct Loan program, in which Rutgers University participates. Applicants for these loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here for more information about Direct PLUS Loans for graduate or professional Students.
      Alternative Private Loan Programs Commercial lenders offer a variety of private loans as a supplement to the federal and institutional aid programs listed above. Although too numerous to mention here, loan eligibilities vary substantially. Generally, these loans are unsubsidized and limited to the cost of attendance as determined by the school. The Rutgers Financial Aid Office does not recommend any particular private loan program. However, further details may be obtained directly from each individual lender. You may also obtain similar information from the Office of Financial Aid.

      Additional sources of aid can be found on our Financial Aid website here.

    • Scholarship Appeals (click here to expand)

      •Merit-based scholarships for newly admitted students to Mason Gross are typically non-negotiable, however formal letters of appeal may be submitted to the Mason Gross Director of Admissions via email and will be reviewed if additional funds become available.
      •Award packages from Mason Gross students will not be considered for appeal without a formal written request (phone conversations will not be considered requests).
      •For continuing/current students, request to be considered for a new merit scholarship or for an increase in an existing scholarship should be submitted to their advisor or department's office administrator to be reviewed by the Mason Gross Scholarship Committee and Dean of Students. Requests to be considered for a new need-based scholarship or for an increase in an existing scholarship should be submitted to the office of financial aid.

    Graduate Scholarship Information 

    All full-time graduate students are eligible to receive some sort of financial aid. The level of support is dependent upon the specific graduate program and degree status. There are three forms of financial assistance to graduate students: merit-based, need-based, and non-need based aid. All students who submit a complete application to Mason Gross are automatically considered for talent or artistic merit based scholarships. However, we highly encourage all domestic students to submit additional applications for financial aid in order to expand their opportunities for funding and more comprehensive packaging.

    Additional sources of aid can be found on our Financial Aid website here.

    Merit-based assistance includes fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships. Students are automatically considered for university-based fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships. The availability of merit-based assistance varies significantly by field of study. Graduate awards are administered by department representatives. For more information, please contact the appropriate department representative:


  • Colleen Klein - EdM, MFA Dance
  • Peggy Barbarite - MM, DMA, AD, MA, PhD Music
  • Barbara Harwanko - MFA Theater
  • Bomi Kim - MFA Design, MFA Visual Arts 
  • Many graduate students at the university receive fellowships funded by sources outside of the university. Students are encouraged to apply for externally funded fellowships and scholarships as early as possible. If you are new to the external funding process, GradFund offers and excellent introduction to external funding. Visit GradFund for more information. 


    Over the last 30 years Mason Gross School of the Arts has climbed its way to the brink of entering the top echelon of American arts institutions by establishing firm roots in East Coast arts circles, building a sound reputation, and producing a sizable body of well-trained graduates who have moved quickly to the top of their professions in theater, visual arts and design, music, and dance. Through generous donations from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and arts enthusiasts we have made it possible for many gifted and talented students to create themselves at Mason Gross and become the next generation of artists influencing the world.

    If you are an avid supporter of the arts and would like to help current and potential Mason Gross students make their dreams come true we humbly invite you to:

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    With increased student scholarship funding and financial aid, the Mason Gross School will easily be able to continue its mission to attract, teach—and retain—the brightest artists in the world.