Financial Aid (MM & DMA)

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.

Graduate assistantships

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).

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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.

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.

 

Alvia S. & Helen VanKirk Scholarship

Amelia A. Hoff Memorial Award

Anna Schauffler Lockwood Award

Bentley T. Handwork Scholarship

Bruce S. and Lucile T. Parkhill Award

Carlyle Anderson Fellowship in Music

Carole M. and Jerry N. Ringer Award

Charlotte and Ernest Davis Award

Charlotte M. MacDonald Scholarship

Corley Family Foundation Award

Dorothy and Carl Johnson Scholarship

Dorothy L. Pound Award

Elizabeth Chinnock Scholarship

Emily Boettcher & Yule Bogue Award

Emma Peters Hooper Award

Esther Yochim Fellowship

Fanchen L. Campbell Scholarship

Faricy Award for Creative Music

Frederick Swann Scholarship

Grace Fox Congdon Scholarship

Helen Heim Nichols Scholarship

Jack L. Elsley Award

John Cacavas Award

John P. Paynter Endowed Fellowship

John and Clara Beattie Memorial Award

Joyce Reed Cope Scholarship

Juelle S. Hinman Graduate Award

Kenneth and Helen Merrill Scholarship

Leon H. Guide Graduate Fellowship

Leslie B. Propp Scholarship

Lorene Kelly Skornia Scholarship

Lucy P. Cantrell Award

M. William Karlins Award

Marcus J. Ritchie Music Scholarship

Margaret E. Dadian Scholarship

Martha R. Steinbach Scholarship

Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Marsh Memorial Award

Paul & Nancy Morrison Graduate Award

Pauline Lindsey Award

Philip and Ruby Danielson Award

Philip H. Hagemann Prize

Pi Kappa Lambda Scholarship

Ray Still Award

Rev. John M. Krump Scholarship

Richard & Helen Thomas Fellowship

Robert Gay Scholarship

Russell C. Wonderlic Scholarship

Russell & Hazel Morgan Scholarship

Samuel & Elinor Thaviu Scholarship

Selwyn Goldblatt Graduate Fellowships

Thaviu/Isaak Endowed Scholarship

Walfrid Kujala Scholarship

Weber Graduate Performance Scholarship

William Harrison Barnes Scholarship

William M. Spencer Award

Winnetka Music Club Award

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