Merit-based financial aid
During the average academic year, the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music awards over $4 million in merit-based assistance in the form of graduate tuition grants and work assistantships. All graduate students who demonstrate exceptional ability during the admission process are eligible for these awards. Master of Music students have the opportunity to receive partial or full tuition grants; all admitted doctoral students receive a full tuition waiver plus a work stipend.
The Bienen School of Music offers numerous graduate assistant positions designed to provide experience in a variety of areas. Positions include performance studio managers, teaching non-major lessons, faculty research assistants, accompanists, ensemble managers, seminar chamber musicians, admissions, clerical, technology, etc. Applicants to the graduate programs will provide information on interest and ability in various areas.
Need-based financial aid
Northwestern University students can also take advantage of low-interest federal loans, private or alternative loans, and/or federal college work study options. To determine if you are eligible for these financial aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Graduate endowed scholarships
Many of the scholarships awarded to graduate students are made possible through the generous contributions of donors and alumni. These prestigious awards are given to graduate musicians who demonstrate the highest level of musical achievement. Awards may have additional criteria for selection not specified here.