Prospective Students

 

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

We understand that the decision to invest in a quality education is substantial. That is why we provide a sound program of merit and need-based financial assistance. Our admission process is need-blind for the first round (approximately 90%) of decisions and can be need-aware when admitting from the wait-list (the remaining 10%).

Our Financial Aid staff works with students and parents through the process of applying for scholarships and other types of financial aid. The awarding of financial aid, whether merit or need-based, cannot occur until after a student has completed the admission application, the audition/interview process, and has been accepted.

Eastman awards the following types of financial aid:

  • Eastman merit scholarships
  • Eastman need-based scholarships
  • Federal/state grants, loans, and work-study

To receive full consideration for all available funding (including Eastman scholarships and need-based aid, and federal/state need-based grants, loans, or work-study):

  • All US citizens and permanent residents must complete the following: 
  • All international students must complete the following:
    • CSS PROFILE for International Students. Eastman’s CSS Code is 2224.
    • If you need to amend the information on the CSS PROFILE for International students, you will have to print out a copy of the PROFILE, make the changes and forward a copy to the Eastman Financial Aid Office.
    • No additional forms are needed.
  • Applicants with specific questions regarding financial aid should contact the Eastman Financial Aid Office.
 

Eastman merit scholarships

Eastman merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are based on the applicant’s musical and academic merits, the school’s enrollment needs and in some cases the applicant’s financial need (as of the 2015 admission cycle, merit scholarships are need-informed).  Merit scholarships are generally awarded as a Howard Hanson Scholarship.  At a later time, the funding source (donor) may change resulting in a differently named merit scholarship; however, the total amount of your merit award will remain the same.  A select number of students will be offered Dean’s awards, recognizing exceptional promise in performance (Dean’s Performance Award) or scholarship (Dean’s Scholar Award). Eastman’s merit scholarships are 4 year awards (up to 5 years for Dual Degree). You will receive one half of the annual scholarship amount for up to eight semesters (up to ten semesters for Dual Degree) of full-time undergraduate enrollment provided you remain in good standing, make satisfactory academic progress towards your degree and maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or higher.  An undergraduate’s merit scholarship will have a monetary reduction each semester if the CGPA falls below 3.0 or these expectations are not met.

Eastman need-based awards

Eastman need-based awards are generally awarded as a George Eastman Grant.  Eligibility for this institutional need-based award is determined by calculating a student’s need using the financial information provided on the FAFSA for domestic students and the International CSS PROFILE for international students.  The FAFSA and International CSS PROFILE are required to be completed annually, as need may vary from year to year, and the Eastman Financial Aid Office will review eligibility for the George Eastman Grant and will adjust awards accordingly.  Students who continue to meet the need criteria may receive the grant for up to eight semesters (up to ten semesters for Dual Degree) of full-time undergraduate enrollment.

Though we are focused on making Eastman as affordable as possible, we are not able to meet need for all admitted students.  If a student is released from his/her housing contract, the Eastman Financial Aid Office reserves the right to review the student’s eligibility for Eastman need-based aid.

University of Rochester Tuition Benefits

If one of your parents is an employee of the University of Rochester, you may be eligible for dependent child tuition benefits. Since both the benefit and Eastman merit scholarship funds can help with the cost of tuition only, you may be eligible to receive a combination of tuition benefit and scholarship funds that can approach or match, but not exceed, the cost of tuition.

 

Federal Aid Programs 

Students (US Citizens or permanent residents) who wish to be considered for Federal funds (grants, loans and Federal work-study) must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Consideration for need-based funds is not automatic. Undergraduate applicants must indicate in the Financial Aid Information section of the admissions application that they wish to be considered for need-based aid.

State Aid Programs

Certain states, outside of New York, will allow their grant programs to be used at colleges in New York. Contact your state agency for more information.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant program for students who are residents of New York State.  It is based on a family’s taxable income and the student’s level of study.  In addition to the FAFSA, a separate TAP application is required by the state.  The Eastman (University of Rochester) TAP code is 1016.

Filing the FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students and parents who have not yet completed their Federal Tax Returns should use estimated financial information. The FAFSA should be filed after January 1, but before mid-February, in order to have the results sent to Eastman by February 29th.
  • Tips on how to complete the FAFSA (How Not to Flummox the FAFSA) & (Tips for Completing the FAFSA)
  • NOTE: Eastman’s FAFSA code is 008124; using this code sends the information electronically to Eastman.
  • Since the FAFSA is signed using an electronic signature, then both a student and a parent will need a FSA ID.
  • Late filing of the FAFSA will delay the notification and availability of your financial aid package.
  • The processed FAFSA generates a Student Aid Report (SAR) that is sent to the student’s email address. This SAR displays the data you submitted on the FAFSA and should be checked for accuracy. 
  • After your Federal Tax Returns (both student and parent) have been filed, return to the original FAFSA data and click “Link to IRS“.  The student and parent tax information will automatically be entered from the IRS database onto the FAFSA.  The other questions on the FAFSA will need to be updated manually. Eligibility for all need-based funds is determined through Eastman’s review and verification of this data.

The Financial Aid “Package”

An undergraduate financial aid package will typically include some or all of the following:

  • Eastman merit scholarship and/or Eastman need-based scholarships.
  • Federal and/or state grants.
  • Low-interest Federal Direct Student Loan eligibility.
  • Federal Work-Study eligibility, if need is established through the FAFSA.  Work-study jobs are available through the Concert Office, the Sibley Music Library, Dining Services, the Student Living Center and numerous other offices throughout the Eastman.  A student is not assigned a Work-study job and must seek out job openings.
  • Outside grants, awards, and prizes. Applicants are expected to seek outside scholarships through music clubs, service clubs, city and state organizations, competitions and other Internet resources throughout their years in college.  All outside awards must be reported in writing to the Eastman Financial Aid Office and may replace loans and/or work-study earnings in the financial aid package.

Undergraduates are emailed a letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office which includes access information to their financial aid offer via ESM FAONLINE. Offers of need-based aid will not be made to students until the processed FAFSA is received electronically by the Eastman Financial Aid Office. In cases where an accepted student has no processed FAFSA on file at Eastman and has received a Merit Scholarship, the student will receive an email with an acceptance letter and the Merit Scholarship and “missing” financial aid documents will be identified through ESM FAONLINE.

Questions about financial aid for undergraduate students should be directed to Eastman’s Financial Aid Office.

 

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

Financial Aid for transfer students is the same as all undergraduates. However, any transfer applicant who is currently enrolled in a member school of NASM (the National Association of Schools of Music, of which Eastman is a member), must include with the admission application documentation the completed NASM Release Form. This form serves as an acknowledgment from the current school that a student is transferring and applying for Eastman financial aid.

Eastman abides by the NASM code of ethics by requiring the completed release form before any financial aid can be offered to a transfer student. This form is a courtesy to the applicant’s school; by signing the form, the current school acknowledges that the student may possibly transfer to another institution, and agrees not to penalize the student for considering the possibility of attending a different school should the student decide not to transfer.

 

UNDERGRADUATES ENROLLED IN TWO DEGREE PROGRAMS (DUAL DEGREE)

Students applying to both the University of Rochester (the College) for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and to the Eastman School of Music for a Bachelor of Music degree are considered in the Dual Degree Program.  The acceptance processes are separate for each school.

Additional Information

For further assistance, please contact the Admissions Office (Eastman) at 585-274-1060, the Admissions Office (the College) at 585-275-3221, the Financial Aid Office (Eastman) at 585-274-1070 or the Financial Aid Office (the College) at 585-275-3226.

 

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The Eastman School of Music provides financial support to its graduate students primarily through the Graduate Award Program, a merit-based system of financial aid. Eastman’s Graduate Award program is able to provide in-depth professional training for graduate students and receive valuable services in return. Graduate applicants, who are not only highly recommended in their major, but who also are highly recommended for a graduate award, receive the most merit-based financial support from Eastman. The graduate awards are processed through the Graduate Studies Office.

A graduate award normally consists of a stipend (salary for the work done) and a tuition scholarship. A small number of awards are tuition scholarship only. Admission to a graduate program does not guarantee a graduate award.

Applying for a Graduate Award

Some view the process of applying for a graduate award as similar to a job interview. Applicants requesting graduate awards that are performance-based (for example, a stipend or fellowship awarded in return for ensemble participation) are considered on the basis of their degree program audition. Other graduate awards require preparation of specific materials, and interviews or auditions with faculty members who supervise those awards. (See the graduate award application for specifics.)

Faculty supervisors are reluctant to recommend candidates for positions of responsibility unless they have had an opportunity to meet and evaluate those candidates. Therefore, graduate applicants who cannot audition in Rochester have significantly reduced chances of receiving a graduate award. Graduate awards are assigned for the school year; because of this, there typically are few or no awards available for graduate applicants who wish to begin study in January.

All graduate applicants must complete the Application for Graduate Award; students who do not wish to be considered for an award must indicate so on the graduate award application. The form lists more than 40 work specialties. Applicants should indicate up to four areas of specialty in which they are most qualified, and provide an outline of experience in each area together with the name, address, position, and telephone number of the person who is most qualified to recommend the applicant for work in each position. (Please note that some awards require the completion of an additional form, or preparation of specific materials, and some graduate awards are restricted to specific majors.) All graduate award interviews and auditions are scheduled on the same day as the applicant’s audition/interview for a degree program. After all auditions and interviews are completed, faculty supervisors make their recommendations for graduate award recipients to the Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. The Senior Associate Dean determines the final disposition of graduate awards, including fellowships and stipends, based on faculty input, the strength of the candidate’s application, and the needs of the School.

Frequently Asked Questions About a Graduate Degree at Eastman

For further information, please contact Eastman’s Office of Graduate Studies.

Federal Aid Programs 

The Graduate Awards are unable to meet the financial need of all our graduate students. Eastman’s Financial Aid Office helps graduate students apply for financial aid to help with their educational expenses. Students (US Citizens or permanent residents) who wish to be considered for Federal Student Loans and/or Federal Work-Study must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Graduate applicants must indicate in the Financial Aid Information section of the admissions application that they wish to be considered for need-based aid.

Filing the FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students who have not yet completed their Federal Tax Return should use estimated financial information. The FAFSA should be filed after January 1, but before mid-February, in order to have the results sent to Eastman by February 29th.
  • NOTE: Eastman’s FAFSA code is 008124; using this code sends the information electronically to Eastman.
  • Since the FAFSA is signed using an electronic signature, so the student will need a FSA ID.
  • Late filing of the FAFSA will delay the notification and availability of Federal need-based financial aid.
  • The processed FAFSA generates a Student Aid Report (SAR) that is sent to the student’s email address. This SAR displays the data you submitted on the FAFSA and should be checked for accuracy.
  • After your Federal Tax Return has been filed, return to the original FAFSA data and click “Link to IRS“. The student (and spouse) tax information will automatically be entered from the IRS database onto the FAFSA. The other questions on the FAFSA will need to be updated manually.

Graduates are emailed a letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office which includes access information to their financial aid offer via ESM FAONLINE. Offers of need-based aid will not be made to students until the processed FAFSA is received electronically by the Eastman Financial Aid Office. In cases where an accepted student has no processed FAFSA on file at Eastman and has received a Graduate Award, the student will receive an email with an acceptance letter and the Graduate Award and “missing” financial aid documents will be identified through ESM FAONLINE.

Questions about financial aid for graduate students should be directed to Eastman’s Financial Aid Office.

 

FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING VETERANS BENEFITS

Students, who are veterans of the armed services or dependents of veterans, should review their educational benefit options through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

If I am a veteran, how do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Apply for educational benefits through the DVA.
  2. Notify Eastman’s Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

If I am a dependent of a veteran, how do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Your parent transfers a portion—or all—of his/her benefit to you through Transfer of Entitlement.
  2. After the transfer is approved, you apply for the educational benefit through the DVA.
  3. You notify Eastman’s Financial Aid Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

What documentation does the Financial Aid Office need from me to process my veteran’s educational benefits?

Veteran:  a photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility sent to you by the DVA.

Dependent of Veteran: a photocopy of approved Transfer of Educational Benefit (TEB) from your parent AND a photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility sent to you by the DVA.

Whom do I call about the status of my educational benefits claim?  

Contact DVA at 1-888-442-4551 to speak with an Educational Case Manager.

Yellow Ribbon Program

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Eastman School of Music does participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a joint partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (Yellow Ribbon Scholarship) and the Eastman School of Music (Eastman Pledge Scholarship). For an overview of the program, please visit the DVA Website.

How do I qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program/the Eastman Pledge Scholarship?

You or your parent must qualify for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Eastman Pledge Scholarship. 

 

Payment of Tuition and Fees

The University of Rochester Bursar’s Office will email a link to view the first tuition bill to the student’s Eastman email address prior to the beginning of the semester; the first tuition bill for the fall semester is processed July 15 for undergraduates and August 15 for graduates and the first tuition bill for the spring semester is processed November 15th. The University offers several payment plans to undergraduates and graduates. Financial arrangements for the payment of bills must be completed by the announced deadlines or the student’s registration will be canceled. Late fees are charged when tuition/fee payments do not arrive in the Bursar’s Office by the payment plan deadline.

Questions regarding payment plans and policies may be directed to the Bursar’s Office of the University of Rochester.

UR Bursar’s Office Financial Aid Office
585-275-3931 585-274-1070
bursar@admin.rochester.edu financialaid@esm.rochester.edu