Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

All students who apply to Mason Gross School of the Arts and complete a talent assessment (audition/interview/portfolio) are automatically considered for merit scholarship, with no further action or paperwork required. In addition, to apply for support outside of the Mason Gross School, we encourage all U.S. students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The Rutgers University Office of Financial Aid uses the FAFSA to develop a financial aid package based on students’ qualifications, financial need, and the funds available to the university. The FAFSA priority deadlines are December 1 (first-year applicants) and February 1 (transfer and graduate applicants). 

Undergraduate Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships

For the most current estimates, visit the Rutgers Student Cost of Attendance page.

Undergraduate Scholarship Information

All undergraduate applicants will be reviewed for scholarships after admissions decisions have been processed. Applicants who demonstrate exceptional artistic talent and/or exceptional academic promise will be considered for merit scholarships. Only applicants who have been assigned an award will be notified of their award. Notifications are posted after the initial admissions decision, typically in early April. 

The average Mason Gross undergraduate scholarship ranges between $2,000 and $10,000 per year. 

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 receive only the award affiliated with the school in which they enroll. A student can only enroll in only one Rutgers University unit, so scholarships from different schools cannot be combined even if the student intends to double major. 

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 to be reviewed by the Mason Gross scholarship committee if funds become available. Appeals will not be considered without a formal written request (phone conversations will not be considered requests). 

For continuing students, requests to be considered for new merit scholarships or for an increase to an existing scholarships should be submitted through the formal current student scholarship appeal. For more information, current students may contact

Mason Gross Conservatory Fees

In addition to the tuition and fees listed at the link 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 2020-2021 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: $575

Graduate Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships

For the most current estimates, visit the Rutgers Student Cost of Attendance page.


New Jersey Resident Tuition: $799 per credit
Out-of-State Resident Tuition: $1,264 per credit

EdM, MA, PhD

New Jersey Resident Tuition: $739 per credit
Out-of-State Resident Tuition: $1,256 per credit

Graduate Scholarship Information

Graduate awards and fellowships vary greatly depending on the department and area of study. All students who submit a complete application to Mason Gross are automatically considered for talent or artistic merit-based scholarships.

Graduate awards are administered by department representatives. For more information, please contact the appropriate department representative:

MFA Art & Design 

Bomi Kim,

EdM, MFA Dance

Colleen H. Klein
Graduate Programs Coordinator

MM, DMA, AD, MA, PhD Music

Peg Barbarite
Admissions and Recruitment Administrator

MFA Theater

Barbara Harwanko
Administrative Coordinator

External Scholarships

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. Visit GradFund for more information.