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Exploring and pursuing your passion is important. If you have an appreciation for music and are ready to take the next step as a professional music teacher, now’s a great time to consider earning your Master of Music in music education degree. With a graduate education, you can learn how to enhance your skills for designing a flexible curriculum, measuring student progress through assessments, creating incredible music experiences and utilizing technology as tools for instruction.


As some students may face difficulty going back to school due to financial barriers, there are opportunities for financial assistance, whether in the form of loans, grants or even scholarships. Let’s take a closer look at some of options for financing your education at Kent State:


A loan is a financial offer that you must pay back after graduation. According to the U.S. Department of Education, student loans can be made by the federal government through organizations like banks or other financial institutions. To find out if you’re eligible for student aid, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. This application helps you determine what types of student loans you can obtain to fund your Master of Music in music education degree.

To complete the application process, first gather all of your personal and financial documents. Then, sign up for a Personal Identification Number online, which allows you to track your FAFSA status. Once you receive your PIN, fill out your FAFSA, print it and send it in.

Some of the loan financing options include the Federal Stafford Loan, Alternative/Supplemental Education Loan and Federal Direct Plus Loan for Graduate Students.
One important aspect to remember when borrowing money via student loans is the interest you will accrue. According to Bankrate, federal student loan interest rates are set by the government. These rates are standardized, which means they are the same for everyone who is eligible, but they will change over the years. Interest rates can have a major impact on how much money you end up owing over time. That’s why it’s important to apply for scholarships and grants before relying solely on loans to finance your education. These two financial assistance opportunities are free money that you don’t have to worry about paying back after graduation.


A grant is referred to as a gift aid because it doesn’t have to be paid back. The U.S. Department of Education offers four different grants for students who attend traditional four-year universities, community colleges and career schools. Those include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants.

At Kent State, we participate in the following federal and state grant programs: Federal Pell Grant, FSSEOG, Ohio College Opportunity Grant, TEACH, Pennsylvania State Grant and Vermont Incentive Grant. Each award is different in terms of payment amount, eligibility and application requirements.

Let Kent State fuel your future

No matter what financial barriers you face, Kent State wants to help you reach your career goals and become a strong educational leader in music. With so many financial assistance opportunities, there’s no reason you can’t earn your master’s degree. Plus, the Kent State Master of Music in music education is offered 100 percent online and doesn’t require an audition or GRE score during the application process. Once you graduate, we are confident that you will be enabled to:

  • Learn how to individualize learning to connect with music students
  • Explore new ways to improve planning, instruction and standardized assessments
  • Feel comfortable using technology in the classroom
  • Drive change in the classroom that motivates students to become music professionals in the future
  • Use research to improve learning outcomes in the classroom and beyond
  • Build high-level skills in advocacy, communication and leadership

Are you ready to enroll in the online program and set yourself at the forefront of music education? Visit or call 1-888-989-7072 to speak with an enrollment advisor today.

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