Graduate Financial Aid

The Bienen School of Music offers financial aid counseling and assistance for graduate students. We provide services for all matters relating to your student account, billing, payroll (for students with a work component to their financial aid), aid processing, and review of academic progress for the purposes of financial aid.

In addition, graduate students gain access to a wealth of information through nFusion, a campaign that builds financial literacy skills and offers long-term financial aid planning advice. We host seminars to discuss varied issues such as how to file taxes as a musician, how to save for retirement, repayment options for student loans, debt management, non-profit financial regulations, and more.

Financial aid counselors are available to students in the Bienen School of Music. To make an appointment, call 847-491-3141 or email Donna SuCoordinator of Graduate Services and Financial Aid, at

Students enrolled in the Bienen School of Music can find comprehensive information regarding financial aid as well as explanations of billing, student accounts, and work assistance guidelines by downloading the Graduate Financial Aid Handbook (PDF).

Also read additional Entrance Interview Information for Music Graduate Students

Tuition and Living Expenses

Graduate students attending the Bienen School of Music will only be charged tuition on their student accounts—living expenses listed below are estimates only. Students are charged one rate for full-time enrollment (3 – 5 units of credit). This gives students the advantage of taking a variety of courses to supplement their musical training without additional charges.

The student budget estimates for the 2016-17 academic year are:



Room and board


Books and supplies






Health insurance