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Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are several types of financial assistance available for our students including federal financial aid, scholarships, and other student employment opportunities. 


The cost of tuition for the 2022-23 academic year for the MFA in Dance is $905 per unit. Both specializations require completion of 60 units.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid in the form of student loans is available for those who qualify. To learn more about the types of loans available please visit the Financial Aid Office's website. To apply file a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at


Our program currently offers a few partial tuition scholarships to incoming and current students in the form of tuition reduction.

The Distinction in Creative Practice Award (totaling up to $7240 over the course of the program) is given to incoming MFA in Dance students who have demonstrated academic excellence and engagement throughout their undergraduate and/or professional career. The MFA Dance Program’s mission is the quest for truth, the authenticity of living, and the building of a community where sensitivity, social justice, and global awareness are at the core. Please write up to 1,000 words explaining how you have built community around these areas in dance.

Please submit your scholarship essay in your application portal or send it to us directly at

Private Scholarships

Click here (pdf) for a list of external private scholarship opportunities that may be relevant. Students may also apply for private scholarships through websites such as Fastweb and iModules.

Graduate and Professional Student Development Funds

Some funding is also available for independent research and professional development in the form of grants through the Graduate & Professional Student Research and Development Fund. Learn more here.

Student Employment Opportunities

Part-time and full-time student positions are generally advertised on Gael Link. Other SMC departments might also be hiring: Look for Jobs on Campus here.

Please help us grow the Scholarship Fund with your donation today.