Financial Aid at Eastman

Prospective Students


    • Financial Aid/Scholarship Information for Undergraduate Students

      At Eastman, we understand that the decision to invest in the highest quality education is substantial. That is why we provide a robust scholarship program, with the goal of enrolling an artistically talented class of students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, generosity of spirit, and represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences. In 2018-2019, we awarded over $14 million in scholarships, with nearly 100% of our students receiving merit scholarships. Additional scholarship support is provided based on financial need.

      Though we are not able to meet the full demonstrated need of all of our students, we use our scholarship budget to make Eastman as affordable as possible for all admitted students. 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 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 scholarships (Virtually all admitted undergraduates receive an award) – If a FAFSA (domestic students) or a CSS PROFILE (international students) is filed, your award will be need-informed which could result in a higher renewable scholarship.
      • Federal/state grants, loans, and work-study

      To receive full consideration for all available funding:

      • All US citizens and permanent residents must complete the following:
        • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Eastman’s FAFSA Code is 008124.
        • Select “Both merit and need-based aid” on the Financial Aid page of the Eastman admission application.
        • This form needs to be received in our office by February 29th.
      • All international students must complete the following:
        • CSS PROFILE Eastman’s CSS Code is 2224.
        • If you need to amend the information on the CSS PROFILE, you will have to print out a copy of the PROFILE, make the changes and forward a copy to the Eastman Financial Aid Office.
        • This form needs to be received in our office by February 29th.
      • Applicants with specific questions regarding financial aid should contact the Eastman Financial Aid Office.

      Eastman Need-Informed Merit Scholarships

      All admitted applicants, both domestic and international, are considered for renewable scholarships. Eastman need-informed scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are based on a complete review of the application file and audition. Other factors can include the school’s enrollment needs, and our overall goal of making an Eastman education accessible to admitted students. Financial need is therefore also a consideration in our merit scholarships.

      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). The Eastman scholarship awarded to an entering student is a 4 year award (up to 5 years for dual degree). Transfer students’ awards are renewable based on the entering class year (for example, 3 years for an entering sophomore).

      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 scholarship will have a monetary reduction each semester if the CGPA falls below 3.0 or these expectations are not met.

      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 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. Eligibility for this benefit is determined by the Office of Human Resources and is applied for in HRMS.

      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).  Undergraduate applicants must indicate in the Financial Aid Information section of the admissions application that they wish to be considered for need-based aid. Before registering for a course that is not required for your degree, you should meet with a financial aid counselor to ensure that it will not impact your eligibility.

      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 (Rochester, University of) TAP code is 1016.

      New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence provide up to $1,500 per year for up to five years of undergraduate study in New York State.

    • Filing the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Eastman

      • The FAFSA is filed at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA should be filed after October 1st, but before mid-February, in order to have the results sent to Eastman by February 29th.
      • Eastman’s FAFSA code is 008124.
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    • The Financial Aid Notification

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

      • Eastman 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 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 typically not resulting in any Eastman Scholarship reductions.

      Undergraduates are notified of their acceptance by the Admissions Office which includes access information to their financial aid notification via ESM FAONLINE. Offers of Federal and/or State aid will not be made to students until the processed FAFSA is received electronically by the Eastman Financial Aid Office.

      Verification

    • A financial aid file may be selected for verification.  Verification is the process of confirming the information provided on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as required by Institutions participating in Federal Financial Aid programs. In order to comply with Federal regulations, we may ask you to provide information that verifies the data you provided on your FAFSA. Please note that the federal portion of your financial aid offer is only an estimate until verification of your financial aid file is completed.

      Special Circumstances

      If the family’s financial circumstances of an undergraduate student have changed drastically due to unemployment, medical expenses, loss of personal funding (Social Security or Child Support), etc., then the student/family may contact the Eastman Financial Aid Office to ask about an Appeal for Special Circumstances.

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


  1. Financial Aid/Scholarship Information for Transfer Students

    Financial Aid for transfer students is the same as all undergraduates, with the length of coverage of the award being linked to the entering class standing. 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 submit theNASM Release Form before a financial aid notification can be made. This form serves as an acknowledgment from the current school that a student is exploring 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)

    Dual degree students are those who are enrolled in degree programs at both Eastman and the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, pursuing a BM and a BA or BS. Eastman and the College have autonomous admissions and financial aid functions. When an applicant is admitted to both schools, both financial aid offices determine what aid  the student would be eligible for according to their criteria (a primarily need-based structure at the College and merit-based structure at Eastman). Then, we present the student with the financial aid package that most benefits the student. That school becomes the billing campus for the student. Eastman’s merit scholarships are up to 5 years for Dual Degree students.

    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 in return Eastman receives valuable services. 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 determined by the Graduate Studies Office.

    A graduate award normally consists of a stipend (salary for the work performed) 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.)

    All graduate applicants must complete the Application for Graduate Award (part of the online Admissions application); students who do not wish to be considered for an award must indicate so on the graduate award application. Applicants should indicate up to four areas of specialty in which they are most qualified. (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.) 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 the Cost of 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 2020-2021 FAFSA for Eastman

    • The FAFSA is filed at fafsa.ed.gov.  The FAFSA should be filed after October 1st, but before mid-February, in order to have the results sent to Eastman by February 29th.
    • Eastman’s FAFSA code is 008124.

    Graduates are notified of their acceptance by the Admissions Office which includes access information to their financial aid notification via ESM FAONLINE. Federal loans will not be offered to students until the processed FAFSA is received electronically by the Eastman Financial Aid Office.

    Special Circumstances

  2. If a graduate student’s financial circumstances have changed drastically due to a spouse’s unemployment, medical expenses, loss of personal funding (Social Security or Child Support), etc., then the student should contact Eastman’s Office of Graduate Studies via email at gdean@esm.rochester.edu.  The name of the student should be included in the Subject Line of the email.

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


    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 (VA).

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

    1. Apply for educational benefits through the VA.
    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 VA.
    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:  We need one of the following documents:

  3. 1) Certificate of Eligibility

  4. 2) Statement of Benefits from VA.gov

  5. 3) Screenshot from eBenefits page

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

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

    Contact VA 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 VA 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.

    Where can I find more information about additional resources for Veterans at the University of Rochester? 

    The University of Rochester has a number of resources that veterans at the Eastman School of Music can utilize.  Please refer to the University of Rochester Veterans Resources Directory for more information.