Financial Aid

Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Scholarships and tuition awards are awarded to students with excellent academic and artistic achievement. They range from $200 to $6,000 and are available to students based on an application and competitive audition. B.F.A. theatre majors and music majors/minors are given priority. All tuition awards incur performance obligations within the department, such as membership in and performance with the UIC ensembles and/or participation in UIC Theatre productions. Scholarship deadlines are determined by faculty and may vary from year to year. To be considered you must have already been admitted.

Auditions are required for music applicants. Please complete an application on our auditions page. Recipients MUST also complete a FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit it to the UIC Financial Aid Office.  

Music Scholarships

  • Chicago Bar Association Scholarship in Instrumental Music
  • Chicago Bar Association Scholarship in Jazz Studies
  • Chicago Bar Association Scholarship in Piano
  • Chicago Bar Association Scholarship in Vocal Music
  • Clifford Lipman Memorial Scholarship in Music
  • Louie Frank Scholarship for Piano
  • Joy and Bob Harnack Scholarship  for Instrumental Music
  • Joy and Bob Harnack Scholarship  for Vocal Music
  • Music Performing Arts Award 
  • College of A&A Scholarship, Instrumental
  • College of A&A Scholarship, Vocal
  • UIC Theatre and Music Scholarship Award 

Theatre Scholarships

  • Chicago Bar Association Scholarship in Theatre 
  • College of A&A Scholarship, Theatre
  • Michael Gross Scholarship
  • William F. Raffeld Scholarship
  • UIC Theatre and Music Scholarship Award 
  • Trudy Abarbanel Scholarship

Music auditions and theatre auditions are held each winter for the following academic year. Questions should be referred to the department office at (312) 996-2977, or stm@uic.edu.

Department Assistantships

The School has a number of assistantships in theatre and music. They are given to meet the needs of the program, not for financial need or for academic achievement.  Those with a Federal Work Study award are highly encouraged to apply.  Applicants should submit a resume and semester course schedule to stm@uic.edu in order to be considered. Please include which position(s) you are interested in.

  • Grading papers and proctoring exams for a large-enrollment "Introduction to the Theatre" course
  • Public relations, box office work, and house management at performances
  • Monitoring the Mac lab
  • General office work in the main office
  • Ensemble librarians

Department Research Assistantships

Undergraduate students can apply to the Undergraduate Research Experience from which some STM faculty draw assistants.  You must be Federal Work Study awarded in order to be eligible.  For more information, click here.