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.