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Music Scholarships

Below are some frequently asked questions about music scholarships. Each school needs to find the system that works best for them, and we hope that by explaining a little about how we do things here, we can help demystify the process. We understand that other colleges, universities and conservatories do things differently from us (and that's ok).

How do I apply for a music scholarships? By auditioning. There is no application process beyond registering for an audition and actually auditioning. Of course, all music scholarship students will have to be accepted by audition into Crane and by application into SUNY Potsdam. Music scholarships will be awarded by the Crane faculty, in consultation with the Financial Aid Office, depending on the criteria for each award, to the most qualified students.

When will find out if I have been awarded a music scholarship? The Crane School of Music does not make music scholarship awards until after the final audition day of each audition "season," which is usually in early March. We do this to ensure that all auditioning students have the same chance of receiving a music scholarship. We make every effort to have all music scholarship award letters to students by April 1st because we want to give you time to make what is a pretty important decision by Decision Day, May 1st.

What are my chances of being offered a music scholarship? We are able to extend music scholarships to about 25% of the music students we accept, meaning that most accepted students will actually not receive a music scholarship offer.

Why only 25%? SUNY Potsdam and the Crane School have made certain decisions about how we divide scholarship funds, essentially only reserving for music scholarships monies specifically designated for music scholarships. This allows the college maximum flexibility in awarding scholarships. Although this system limits our resources for music scholarships, it provides more funds for academic scholarships, and music students are fully eligible for academic scholarships. Note also that receiving an academic scholarship has no impact on your consideration for music scholarships. (Also note that if you are eligible for an academic scholarship, you will need to complete an application to receive it; we encourage students to apply as soon as possible for these awards.) One advantage that academic scholarships have over music scholarships: for the small number of students who change major to a degree outside of music, the academic scholarship is retained, while the music scholarship is not.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us at Contact the SUNY Potsdam Financial Aid Office for questions about academic scholarships and other kinds of financial aid.