We understand that the question of how much financial aid California State University, Sacramento can award a particular student is an extremely important one. However, financial aid, whether merit and/or need based, cannot be offered until after a student has completed the application and audition process, and has been accepted to the University and the Department. Note that our admissions decisions are made independently of financial aid decisions; applicants are not judged by their financial standing.
Entrance auditions and fall juries serve as scholarship auditions for the upcoming academic year. Entrance auditions must be completed by the February audition date to be considered. Auditions completed after the February audition date will not be considered for scholarship purposes. Freshmen need to have an overall 3.0 GPA in college prep coursework. Transfer students need to have an overall 3.0 GPA in transferable coursework.
The School of Music offers many scholarships for highly meritorious performance during auditions. Talented students enrolled in the Music Education and Credential programs have opportunities to receive awards from the Nicholas "Mr. A" Angiulo Scholarship. Talented brass, woodwind and percussion students enrolled in a Sac State Large Performing Ensemble are considered for Ronald A. Holloway scholarships. All departmental scholarships are awarded by way of nominations from each of the applied area committees.
The Music Department also administers a number of need based awards for highly meritorious performance including the Alpha Sigma Phi Paschal Monk Scholarship. It is important that all scholarship applicants, regardless of financial standing, file FAFSA prior to the Music Department deadline, February 15, each year to receive maximum award offers. Full financial aid award offers are sent from the Financial Aid Office beginning mid-April each year, via MySacState. More information at the Financial Aid Award Notice Guide.
The Sac State Alumni Association offers awards including those to talented students in Visual or Performing Arts degree programs. Deadline to apply for their awards is in February each year. You can find the application and information at the Alumni Association Scholarship web page.
The Sac State Financial Aid Office administers Institutional Scholarships for new and returning students. Deadline to apply for their awards is in March each year. You can find the application and information at the Financial Aid Scholarship web page.