Financial Aid at Eastman

Financing the Cost of an Eastman Education

Before you begin with estimating your costs, it may help to know more about how the financial aid process works here at Eastman.

The chart below is a quick reference guide. This chart is intended to give you an idea of the scholarship amounts awarded to students with different need levels and merit scores.

Scholarships awarded ranges

Family Contribution Range per the FAFSA Calculation Average Award Award Range
0-14K $35,000 $20,000 – $55,000
14K–30K $33,000 $20,000 – $55,000
30K–60K $29,000 $18,000 – $49,000
60+K (incl. Merit Only and No FAFSA) $26,000 $10,000 – $45,000

Our financial aid process is driven by merit (your relative ‘ranking’ within the current pool of applicants) and informed by need (the difference between your ‘expected family contribution’ per the FAFSA and the total cost of attendance: tuition, fees, room/board, and other indirect expenses). As with many merit-based music schools, the only way to truly know what an Eastman education will cost you is to be admitted and receive a financial aid package. The calculator will give you an idea of what government aid you might be eligible for. It will ask you to anticipate whether you will rate in the upper, middle, or lower third of the merit range of our admitted applicants. This is, of course, an unknown variable, so we encourage you to submit your information three times choosing each answer. Also keep in mind that the division of merit ratings into three tiers is far less nuanced than our actual merit assessment process.


Tuition and Fees

No undergraduate student at Eastman pays their full Direct Cost.


2020-21 Undergraduate Direct Costs

Tuition $57,420**
Room $10,208
Board $6,380
Activity Fee $316
Comprehensive Fee $474
Mandatory Health Fee $662
Total Direct Costs: $75,460

** nearly 100% of our students receive some amount of merit scholarship.

New undergraduate students have a one-time orientation fee of $324.

International students are charged an international student fee of $50 each semester.

All organists are charged an organ fee of $270 per semester.

Direct costs are expenses that are typically charged to a student’s bill by the Eastman School of Music.  Each year figures are estimated until final rates are published in late spring.

2020-21 ESTIMATED Undergraduate Indirect Costs

Personal $1,080
Books $700
Transportation $600
Total ESTIMATED Indirect Costs: $2,380

Indirect costs are expenses that are typically incurred and not paid directly to the Eastman School of Music. 

All students are required to have health insurance.  If you are not covered under your parent(s) or your own health insurance, then add $2,448 (2019-20 rate) * for the University Health Insurance. * University Health Insurance rate for 2020-21 still to be determined.

Continue to the Net Price Calculator to determine estimated costs, federal grant, work and loans

According to the Department of Education’s Student Financial Aid Handbook, “The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of a student’s educational expenses for a period of enrollment”. A student’s COA is used to determine financial aid eligibility. The basic components of an Eastman student’s COA include tuition and fees, books, room, board and miscellaneous (travel and personal) expenses.

The COA may be adjusted on an individual basis for dependent care, study abroad programs and loan fees.  These adjustments will only increase a student’s loan eligibility.  All adjustments must be supported by documentation.  Students who wish to be considered for a COA adjustment for any reason should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss both the change and the additional loan eligibility that may result.

Thanks to our generous donors, all students receive a merit award reducing out of pocket expenses.  Please see the Prospective Students page where you will find details about eligibility and criteria for all merit and need based aid.

For detailed information about the costs of an undergraduate degree at Eastman, please see the University Bursar’s website at

If you would like more information on financial aid for undergraduate students, please visit the Prospective Students page of our website.

For more information about additional options to finance an education at Eastman,please visit this link – Additional Options

Contact University Health Services regarding waiving the insurance or for any other health insurance questions.

Contact University Dining Services regarding student dining plans.