Texas Tech University

Financial Support

Financial support for graduate students in the TTU School of Music takes two main forms: Teaching Assistantships and competitive fellowships.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified master's and doctoral students. Full-time assistantships carry a stipend plus in-state tuition status, and various fee and tuition waivers. Students applying for teaching assistantships are expected to apply for the Federal Work/Study Program.

Stipends and expected net cost for the current academic year:

MM and MME: $10,000 stipend per year, expected tuition costs $1250 per semester.

DMA: $11,500 stipend per year, expected tuition costs $1000 per semester.

PhD: $12,500 stipend per year, expected tuition costs $1000 per semester.

Stipends are paid monthly over nine months to students holding an assistantship position, October 1 through June 1.

Master's degree students may hold an assistantship for two years and doctoral students for three years. Further information regarding teaching assistantships or fellowships may be obtained from the Senior Associate Director, Andrew Stetson.

Recruiting Fellowships

A limited number of competitive fellowships is awarded each year through the Talkington College for Visual and Performing Arts.  Prospective students are nominated by faculty members for these fellowships, and will be notified to complete an application if nominated. These awards range from $4,000 to $4,500 per academic year and are renewable for the same terms as teaching assistantships, per respective degree level. These awards are applied directly to a student's bill.

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School of Texas Tech University sponsors annual competitions for several endowed fellowships. Successful applicants may combine these awards with teaching assistantships. Application and deadline information is available on the Graduate School web site.


All students receiving competitive scholarships, fellowships, or teaching assistantships are required to be enrolled for at least 9 semester hours during each Fall and Spring semester. A scholarship of $1,000 (or more) or a teaching assistantship reduces tuition fees to Texas resident levels. Limited scholarship funds are available to students for summer study as well. Scholarships or teaching assistantships may be held for up to two years by master's level students, for up to three years by DMA students, and up to five years by PhD students. Awards may be renewed with a new time limit if a student moves to doctoral level study after completing a master's degree.

Further information concerning general University scholarships and loans may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid.


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