Undergraduate Music Costs and Financing

McGill offers many resources to help you determine your living and program expenses and how to finance your educational investment.

Cost of living

Montreal is the world's #1 student city according to QS rankings. It is lively, multi-cultural, affordable and safe. The Schulich School of Music is in the heart of downtown, part of McGill University's downtown campus. It's easily accessible through the Metro subway system, bike paths and on foot.

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Tuition fees

  • Consult McGill University's student accounts website for the annual tuition fees specific to your citizenship and program.

Scholarships and student aid

The Schulich School of Music offers a range of prestigious scholarships based on academic and performance achievements. In any given year, sixty Schulich Scholars hold renewable Schulich Scholarships valued at $5,000 (undergraduate) and $10,000 (graduate). Renewable Lloyd Carr-Harris String Scholarships, valued between $6,000 and $18,000, are awarded to our most promising incoming string students. Additional scholarships and financial aid are available both through the Schulich School of Music and McGill University’s Student Aid Office.

Financial aid

McGill offers financial aid in the form of loans (money that needs to eventually be repaid) and bursaries (money that does not need to be repaid) to eligible students who demonstrate financial need.

  • Visit the Scholarships and student aid website for details about all types of financial assistance (including Entrance Financial Aid) offered to students at McGill. 
  • If you are eligible for Entrance Financial Aid (awards of up to $15,000) you must apply within 30 days of accepting your offer of admission.

Schulich School of Music entrance scholarships

Undergraduate entrance scholarships are offered by Department Chairs, in consultation with Area Chairs, to outstanding applicants during the admissions process.

  • You will be automatically considered for entrance scholarships if you apply to one of our programs by the admissions deadline and meet minimum academic requirements.
  • Entrance scholarships for music students are based on entrance auditions and GPA (academic record only if you're a non-performance applicant), and they are administered by Music Admissions and the Dean’s Office.
  • Major entrance scholarships are offered to students who meet the academic and leadership requirements.  Separate applications are required for all major scholarships.

Visit the Scholarships and Student Aid website for complete details about scholarship funding, government aid programs, McGill loans and bursaries, debt management, individualized budget counselling, and the Work-Study program.