A: The Bienen School of Music offers merit-based scholarship grants to students who have presented exceptional applications and auditions. These grants are based upon musicianship, scholarship, leadership and a demonstrated personal commitment, as well as on departmental needs. We award over $4 million annually to the students in our graduate programs.
A: Northwestern University participates in the Federal Direct Loan program as well as the Federal College Work-Study program, and graduate students may apply for need-based loans and work-study by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
A: We offer work stipend positions to qualified graduate students as a supplemental way to gain experience in music and earn extra money towards the cost of attendance. These positions range in duties from playing in ensembles or seminars, working for staff offices, assisting faculty-taught courses and studio classes, or working with chamber music or athletic bands. Often, these positions are combined with grant assistance to form a packaged financial offer.
A: Yes, all students at Northwestern are required to carry health insurance. U. S. citizens and Permanent Residents can purchase the NU/Aetna student health insurance plan or select your own outside coverage provider. Those who elect to waive the NU/Aetna Plan must ensure their health insurance meets the Northwestern University Standards. International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the NU/Aetna student health insurance plan.
A: You can choose to live on- or off-campus, and have control over your own living expenses. Only tuition is charged by the University unless you elect to purchase items such as health insurance, parking passes, etc. The Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid, however, provides estimates of what it might cost to live in the Evanston/Chicago area, and graduate students are typically eligible to cover these living expenses with need-based financial aid in addition to any merit-based aid you may have been awarded.
A: You should contact the Director of Music Admission and Financial Aid to discuss a timeline for processing your eligibility for need-based aid. If you are applying to the Bienen School of Music for the first time, we will not be able to give you an estimate of need-based aid unless you have sent a FAFSA to Northwestern University.
A: Admitted students who have qualified for a merit award will be notified with their offer of admission in the mail. Need-based aid will be calculated in June of each year, but estimates are available if you have sent your FAFSA to Northwestern University.
A: Visit NU Student Financial Services at www.northwestern.edu/sfs.
A: Please feel free to contact Ryan O’Mealey, Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services, via email at email@example.com.