Financial information for all students

For information on student loans, visit the Office of Financial Aid website. You will find instructions on how to apply for financial aid, answers to frequently asked questions and helpful hints on finding scholarships.

Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for work study. Work-study is need-based financial aid that allows students to earn money for college expenses by working a part-time job. Work-study jobs are funded by the federal and state government and include both on and off-campus positions. In order to determine eligibility for work-study, students must first submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information please visit the Student Employment Work Study webpage.

International students interested in applying to CU-Boulder should be sure to visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website, the International Financial Aid website and the Graduate School International Applicants website. 

International students admitted to Theatre and Dance graduate programs are eligible for teaching and research assistantships, scholarships and fellowships (see below).

Financial information for graduate students

Teaching assistantships are the main form of departmental support for graduate students. Our budget is prioritized for teaching assistantships; research assistantships are awarded in the rare instances when the instructional needs of the department have been met.

Each of the graduate degree programs is able to offer a different level of support.

The Graduate Program in Dance has limited funding to support graduate students (which we are always working to improve). As a result, we are only able to provide partial support to our students. We do so with teaching and research assistantships, which receive the following compensation package:

  • A salary paid by direct deposit on the last working day of each month from August through May. Salaries range from $3,400 to $6,500 each semester, depending on the assistantship.
  • A tuition waiver, usually 3-5 credits per semester. Tuition waivers appear as credits on the student bill.  
  • A stipend that covers approximately 90% of the cost of the University’s Gold Comprehensive Insurance Plan. 

The majority of our graduate student assistantships are teaching appointments in the undergraduate non-majors dance program. However there may also be research and administrative assistantships available. The workload for assistantships varies from 6–10 hours/week and salary/tuition waiver levels are set accordingly. The average assistantship is 8 hours/week per semester and covers four credits of tuition per semester.

For more information on graduate student assistantships in the Dance Graduate Program and how to apply, please visit the Graduate Student Assistantships and Teaching Application webpage.

Admitted PhD students receive teaching assistantships that consist of responsibility for two undergraduate classes each semester. This involves syllabus creation, lesson planning, class presentation, taking attendance, grading and providing office hours - a workload of 20 hours/week. 

PhD students will teach two classes per semester for their four years in the program and will enter the job market with extensive teaching experience. Our goal is to offer a variety of teaching experiences: from Acting 1 (small class), to American Musical Theatre History (large lecture with TA). In return, PhD students receive the following compensation package:

  • A salary of $26,000 (for 2019-2020) paid by direct deposit on the last working day of each month from August through May
  • A full tuition waiver
  • A stipend that covers approximately 90% of the cost of the University’s Gold Comprehensive Insurance Plan, which runs August - July

PhD students are responsible for the following costs:

  • The balance of the cost of Health Insurance ($338/year for 2019-2020)
  • Student fees (approximately $865/semester for 2019-2020)

Support is available for each of the four years of the PhD degree program, as long as students maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the degree, remain full-time enrolled (5 credit hours/semester) and earn satisfactory instructional reviews.

No application is necessary to be considered for assistantships. Students are notified at the time of admission if they have been awarded an assistantship and are asked to accept or decline admission by April 15, 2020. Students who have been admitted without an assistantship will be notified April 15-17 if an assistantship becomes available, and are asked to accept or decline admission by April 20, 2020.

MA and MA/MBA students are eligible for partial support in the form of teaching assistant (TA) assistantships within the department. Assistantships can be awarded for one semester, or for both fall and spring semesters. It is our hope that every MA and MA/MBA student will have at least two semesters of TA assistantships by the time they graduate. 

Teaching assistants receive the following compensation package the semester of their assistantship for a 6 hour/week appointment:

  • A salary of $3,400 per semester, paid by direct deposit on the last working day of each month from August through May
  • A tuition waiver of 3 credit hours. Tuition waivers appear as credits on the student bill.   

No application is necessary to be considered for an assistantship. Students are notified at the time of admission if they have been awarded an assistantship for the upcoming semester and/or academic year and are asked to accept or decline admission by April 15, 2020. Students who have been admitted without an assistantship will be notified April 15-17 if an assistantship becomes available, and are asked to accept or decline admission by April 20, 2020.

Because of the conflict with MBA coursework, MA/MBA students do not hold assistantships during the year in which they take classes solely in the Leeds School of Business. This is usually year two of the three-year MA/MBA program.

The Dance Program has two partial scholarships for graduate students:

  • The Charlotte York Irey Scholarship is awarded to an MFA student in their third year (approximately $6,000)
  • The Gail Pokoik Scholarship is awarded to a promising incoming student every three years (approximately $5,000). This scholarship is currently committed and will be available in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Theatre Program has two partial scholarships for graduate students:

  • The Patricia Elliott Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student every year (approximately $3,500)
  • The Theatre Endowed Graduate Student Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student every year (approximately $500-$800)

No applications are necessary for department scholarships; recipients are chosen by the graduate faculty of each program.

The graduate admissions committees for Theatre & Dance nominate one MFA and one to two PhD applicants each year for various campus-wide recruiting fellowships. Selection is based on the admissions application - no additional materials are needed. Because these fellowships are very competitive, only students with a combination of accomplishment, high grade point average, and high test scores (PhD only) are selected.

The Dance Program nominates one top applicant for the CHA Arts & Sciences Fellowships, sponsored by the Center for Humanities and the Arts. This fellowship covers all tuition, fees, and insurance plus a stipend of $26,000 for the first year of graduate study. 

The Theatre Program nominates one or two top PhD applicants for the Thomas Edwin Devaney Fellowships, sponsored by the Center for Humanities and the Arts. This fellowship covers all tuition, fees, and insurance plus a stipend of $26,000 for the first and second years of graduate study.  

The Theatre Program nominates one or two top PhD applicants for the Chancellor’s Fellowships, sponsored by the Graduate School. This fellowship covers all tuition, fees, and insurance plus a stipend of $30,000 for the first and second years of graduate study.  

The Department of Theatre & Dance does not have funding to offer training grants.

The Department of Theatre & Dance employs many students in production. These positions pay an hourly wage and do not have the benefits associated with teaching and research assistantships. The following positions are typical of those held by graduate students:

  • House management
  • Scene shop - set construction
  • Lighting installation for both theatre and dance productions
  • Costume shop

The hourly rate for these positions is from $11.10-$14/hour. Because they focus around productions, these jobs may not provide consistent employment.