*Peer Institutions*No other DMA program has a continuation fee structure which increases for each year of continuation. Of the accredited music schools in the United States, only Bienen School of Music, Yale School of Music, and Juilliard School provide full tuition funding to all of their DMA and PhD students. Bienen administrators have often pointed to this fact to claim that Bienen's DMA funding package is equivalent to those of Yale and Julliard. Yet this overlooks the fact that Bienen DMAs are charged an exorbitant continuation fee, while students at these peer institutions are not. Many current and former DMA students have stories of how these fees presented a financial burden during a critical period in their academic and musical careers. Northwestern University Graduate Workers (NUGW-AFT-IFT) and the signatories of this petition call on Northwestern University and the Bienen School of Music to eliminate the inequitable DMA continuation fees.