Admissions

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. 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).

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 2021-2022 year is listed below by major:

  • Art & Design: $503
  • Dance: $503
  • Filmmaking: $503
  • Music: $503
  • Theater: Acting: $2,500
  • Theater: Design: $1,500
  • Theater: Production: $503

Graduate Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships

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

MFA, MM, DMA, AD

New Jersey Resident Tuition: $819 per credit
Out-of-State Resident Tuition: $1,296 per credit

EdM, MA, PhD

New Jersey Resident Tuition: $757 per credit
Out-of-State Resident Tuition: $1,287 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:

Art & Design

MFA Design

Every MFA in design student receives a partial scholarship from Mason Gross School of the Arts, for each year of study. Each student is also offered optional part-time employment in Co-Adjutant positions that support the operation of the undergraduate and graduate design area. Additionally, there are select opportunities for teaching as a Part-Time Lecturer. These paid positions are not guaranteed, as they depend on enrollment, scheduling, and expertise.

MFA Visual Arts

All accepted MFA Visual Arts students receive fellowships equivalent to the cost of tuition for the two years of the program. Incoming MFA Visual Arts students are awarded fellowships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition in their first year and full in-state tuition in their second year. (International students continue to receive out-of-state tuition in their second year). No additional applications or requirements are necessary to qualify for the fellowships. With the fellowships comes the expectation that graduate students will fully participate in the Art & Design Department community during their time at Mason Gross. Students are responsible for covering all additional university fees including health insurance, campus fees, housing, and materials. Students may apply for additional financial support through a host of department jobs. The Department of Art & Design also offers a range of paid co-adjunct positions which students may apply for each semester.

Dance

All graduate applicants will be reviewed for available scholarships after admissions decisions have been processed. Notifications are posted after the initial admissions decision, typically in early April. Only applicants who have been assigned an award will be notified of their award.

Music

All graduate applicants will be reviewed for available scholarships after admissions decisions have been processed. Notifications are posted after the initial admissions decision, typically in early April. Only applicants who have been assigned an award will be notified of their award.

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.