Financial Aid & Scholarships

Funding Your Degree

Choosing an undergraduate music program is a challenge. Recent studies stress that large student debt, requiring multi-year (or decade!) repayment schedules, can substantially hobble your professional advancement. Student success is our primary goal, and we are happy to report that, in comparison to other universities and programs, UB's Department of Music ranks high in quality while at the same time keeping costs to our students low and affordable.

Departmental Awards

Every year, one exceptional student in the creative or performing arts is chosen to receive the Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship, a four-year scholarship covering all resident tuition and fees (minus any other aid received). Eligible students have an unweighted high school average of at least 90 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of at least 1230 or an ACT score of at least 27. A personal interview and a separate scholarship application are required.

The department also awards up to $3,000 annually in the form of additional scholarships: 

  • Charles and Eunice Buell Scholarship
  • Anna C. Garrahee Scholarship
  • Richard B. Cuthbert Scholarship – Excellence in Violin, Viola, or Cello Performance
  • Thomas J. Clifton / Maylak Scholarship – Excellence in Music Theory or Piano Performance
  • John Lund Memorial Scholarship – WPHD Music Scholarship
  • Cheryl Gobbetti-Hoffman Scholarship – Excellence in Performance
  • Baird Opera Scholarship – Excellence in Vocal Performance
  • John H. Hunt Scholarship – BPS Academy of Visual and Performance Arts
  • B. Simon Scholarship
  • Frederick Olmstead Scholarship
  • Cameron Baird Scholarship

Please note: Scholarships are determined by audition and departmental application.