Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Prospective Students

We understand that attending college is a big financial commitment. Below is information on three pathways for seeking financial support to pursue your education here at the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre. These are not the only ways to fund your education, but these are the three that are linked directly to our department.


University Merit Scholarships

The University offers a number of excellent merit-based scholarships to incoming and transfer students. To qualify for these scholarships, you must apply for admission to the university by December 1st. That’s it. Your application to the U will also be your application for merit scholarships.


Need-Based Scholarships

To receive priority consideration for need-based support, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1st. Need based support includes a mixture of scholarships, grants, and subsidized loans. (Submitting a FAFSA application does not mean you must accept a loan. It will just tell you if you qualify for lower-interest, subsidized loans.)


Department Scholarships

To be considered for Department of Theatre Scholarships, you must apply to the University of Utah and submit a department scholarship application via Campus Information Services (CIS) by February 24th. We cannot award department scholarships until a student has been accepted to the University, so we strongly encourage you to apply to the University as soon as possible.


How Do You Apply? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Apply to the University of Utah. Within 5-10 days you will receive your University Network Identification Number (UNID). If you apply by December 1st, your application will be reviewed automatically for merit scholarship eligibility.

2) Complete the FAFSA. This will allow you to be considered for need-based scholarships, work-study, and other forms of financial aid. If you apply by February 1st, you will receive priority consideration for need-based scholarships and other types of financial aid at the University of Utah.

3) Complete the General Scholarship Application for the Department of Theatre by February 24th. You must have a UNID (see step 1 above) to complete the General Scholarship Application for the Department of Theatre.


Continuing Students:

To be considered eligible for a Department of Theatre scholarship, students must:

  • Be declared Theatre majors,
  • Be enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours) during next academic year,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and
  • Be in good standing with the department (refer to the DoT Student Handbook for details).


To Apply for University and Departmental Scholarships:

1. Complete the FAFSA (this is required to be considered for need-based scholarships, work-study, and other financial aid)

2. Complete the University’s General Scholarship Application at by February 1st. (this is the priority deadline)

3. Complete the General Scholarship Application for the Department of Theatre by February 24th.


Scholarships Notifications:

  • Expect to receive scholarship notification by mid-March to mid-April.
  • If you are offered a scholarship, please accept or decline the offer by the date on the scholarship agreement. After this date this offer may be awarded to other theatre students.
  • Before your scholarship is posted to your tuition account, you may need to write a thank you letter to your scholarship supporter. If this is required, you will receive instructions.


Other Scholarship Info:

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