Location: 25 Gibbs Street, Miller Center
Mary Ellen Nugent, Director
Tina Berds, Assistant Director
Gladys Torres, Sr. Financial Aid Counselor
Irina Yurovsky, Secretary
The office provides counseling and information regarding Eastman scholarships, State and Federal grants, loans and Federal Work-Study programs. All applications for undergraduate financial assistance are processed by this office. The Graduate Studies Offices processes and determines all Graduate Awards. Federal Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent and Graduate (PLUS) loans are all offered through the Direct Loan Program. You may apply for any of these loans directly through the Financial Aid Office. The office staff is available to counsel a student attending Eastman regarding all aspects of financial aid.
Students who are accepted for full-time degree studies at Eastman and apply for financial aid are eligible for a merit scholarship beginning at $5,000/year. The amount of merit scholarship continues to be awarded annually for eight semesters. We admit based on excellence alone. Merit scholarships are determined by the strength of the admission file and the audition relative to the entire incoming freshman talent pool. Our fundamental philosophy is to make the Eastman School of Music as affordable as possible to as many people as possible. Students may also apply for need-based financial aid, including loan programs by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). State grants are also available to students whose legal residence is in a state offering such a program (for example; NY – TAP; MI – Michigan Merit; VT – VSAC). Students who wish to appeal a financial aid decision may submit their appeal in writing to the Eastman Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Committee (members from the departments of Student Academic Affairs, Student and Residential Life, Registrar, and Financial Aid) will evaluate and determine these appeals.
Graduate awards and financial aid may consist of a combination of the following: a tuition fellowship, a stipend for a job performed, federal student loans and/or alternative loans, and Federal Work Study. Graduate students audition or interview for graduate assistantships on audition day. The supervisor or department chair submits a ranked list of names to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, who makes the final graduate award assignment. The Financial Aid Office evaluates the graduate student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine eligibility for federal student loans and Federal Work Study. Appeals of graduate award decisions should go to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for tuition fellowships and stipends and to the Financial Aid Office for loans and Federal Work Study.