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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is responsible for administering all financial assistance programs, including document and data collection, eligibility determination, and award distribution. The office awards institutional, federal and state assistance to more than 90 percent of Juilliard students in the form of Juilliard scholarships, loans and on-campus jobs (work-study). In addition, our other services include assistance in searching for outside scholarships, and individual and group budget and debt management counseling.   

About the Office

The Juilliard School is committed to educating talented performing artists and helping them achieve their highest potential. To that end, we wish to enable all admitted students to attend the school, regardless of their ability to pay. Juilliard’s admissions policies are need-blind, meaning that applying for financial aid will not hurt your chances of being admitted. In fact, approximately 85 percent of our students receive scholarship support through Juilliard.

For complete information regarding financial aid programs, please download our booklet, Funding Your Juilliard Education: A Guide to Financial Aid.

Staff

Joan D. Warren, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development
Tina Gonzalez, Director
Dulce M. Capellan, Financial Aid Counselor
Amanda Meier, Work-Study Coordinator
Jason Chandler-Renfro, Office Assistant

Contact

Room 233
(212) 799-5000, ext. 211
financialaid@juilliard.edu

Getting Started

Financial aid may include Juilliard scholarships, federal and state grants, federal student and parent loans, and/or federal or Juilliard work-study. Please note that with few exceptions, Juilliard scholarship awards are based on a combination of financial need and merit. The exceptions are:

  • Artist Diploma program in Opera Studies, Jazz, Playwriting, or String Quartet Studies
  • Doctor of Musical Arts program (any major)
  • Historical Performance program
  • Kovner Fellowship program**

Only students with complete applications will be considered for scholarship support.

​Students seeking only federal student aid need only to submit the FAFSA*, although additional documents may be required after submission. Students who have been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid may be ineligible for additional federal student aid. The Juilliard School does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, political beliefs, national origin, or disability.

*The FAFSA form requires an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID; click here for a video tutorial on how to apply.

**While the Kovner Fellowship program offers merit-based funding, only a small number of students will be selected; all applicants wishing to be considered for scholarships are strongly encouraged to apply through the financial aid process as described above.

Information for New Applicants

  • Domestic/Permanent Residents [PDF]
  • International Students [PDF]

Information for Current Students

Reapplying for Financial Aid at Juilliard

All continuing students must reapply for financial aid every year to receive scholarships, grants, and loans. To do so, submit the following items by May 1:

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: complete the FAFSA. Beginning this year, the FAFSA is available on October 1 and requires that filers use earlier income data. To learn more, please refer to FAFSA Information: Early Filing and Prior Prior Year Data.
  • International Students should only submit the International Student Financial Aid Application.

Verification and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool** (for FAFSA filers only)

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)** imports data from your/your parents’ tax return directly to the FAFSA. By using this tool, Juilliard is able to verify that the information entered on the FAFSA is correct. Using accurate data on the FAFSA will help ensure that your financial aid eligibility is accurate on your award letter

If you file your taxes electronically, you should be able to use the DRT within 1-2 weeks after filing; data from paper tax returns will be available 6-8 weeks after filing. Once the data is imported, you should not make changes to the data.

We strongly encourage families to use this tool if possible for accurate financial aid information. It is available when completing the FAFSA for the first time, or as a correction (when using the DRT as part of a FAFSA correction, don’t forget to save and submit the FAFSA!).

Some students may be selected for Verification by the Department of Education.  If so, you will be required to use the DRT or request an official tax transcript from the IRS. Additional documentation may also be required, such as a Verification Worksheet. You will be notified via email if this is the case. For students who are selected, we cannot process or disburse aid until all items have been received and verified.

**Please be advised that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) has been experiencing technical difficulties and is unavailable at this time. The outage is expected to last through the 2017-18 academic year. Keep in mind that the deadline for continuing students is May 1; if you have not yet submitted your FAFSA, you can still do so by manually entering your 2015 tax information. If you are selected for Verification and have questions about how to request an official tax transcript, please contact our office.

Financial Aid Award Letters

Financial Aid award letters will be processed for complete files towards the end of May/beginning of June. Students will receive an email when the award is available for viewing on WebAdvisor

Hard copies of award letters will only be mailed to the preferred address of dependent undergraduate students who reside in the U.S. Others may request a copy if needed.

Please review your award letter carefully and comply with any follow up items needed as soon as possible. Detailed information regarding financial aid programs and policies can be found in the brochure Funding Your Juilliard Education: A Guide to Financial Aid.

Scholarship amounts generally stay the same for each year you are enrolled in your program of study. Federal aid may change depending on your EFC and grade level. If you have questions or concerns regarding your financial aid, we urge you to contact our office for options.

    WebAdvisor

    As a reminder, by logging onto WebAdvisor, students can:

    • Check receipt of all required financial aid documents
    • ​View financial aid award letters by academic year and term
    • Accept federal student loans
    • Check account statements to ensure all aid has been credited (except Work-Study)
    • Provide access to parents or other to view financial data

    Appealing Your Award

    Students who wish to appeal for additional aid must complete the Appeal Form for Continuing Students. Funds for continuing students are extremely limited — only about 20% of continuing students receive scholarship upon appeal, with the average increase being $2,000-$5,000. Appeals may result in additional federal grants and/or loan aid rather than institutional scholarship. Please make sure to submit documentation of your stated change in financial circumstances with the form.

    Information for Current Students Applying to a New Program

    Current Students Applying to the Master of Music Program

    Current or former Juilliard college students who apply to new programs are generally considered “new” applicants because you will need to reapply and reaudition. Your application and audition will be evaluated along with the other applicants to The Juilliard School, and you will be notified of the admission decision by April 1.

    Because your financial aid application will be considered along with the other applicants to the Juilliard School, the deadline to apply is March 1.

    The following items are required:

    • U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents: Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Beginning this year, the FAFSA is available on October 1 and requires that filers use earlier income data. To learn more, please refer to FAFSA Information: Early Filing and Prior Prior Year Data.
    • International Students: Complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.

    Graduate applicants are usually required to submit student and parent tax returns. However, we will waive that requirement for current Juilliard college students because we have prior year financial data on file.  Please remember that you are always welcome to provide us with whatever additional information you feel would be helpful in demonstrating your financial need.

    Keep in mind that your financial aid eligibility will change at the graduate level:

    • Federal and state grants, such as Pell, FSEOG, and TAP are for undergraduates only; you will no longer be eligible at the graduate level.
    • Beginning the 2012-13 school year, there are no longer federal student loan subsidies at the graduate level. You may be eligible for up to $20,500 in federal Stafford loans, but it will be the unsubsidized version.
    • Your parent can no longer apply for a Parent PLUS loan on your behalf; however, you may be eligible for a graduate PLUS loan in your own name.

    Finally, and most importantly, regarding your current Juilliard scholarship: the amount you may be receiving this year is for your current program of study only. When you reaudition for a new program, your scholarship decision is evaluated along with the other applicants that year, the same as your admission status would be. Therefore any new scholarship offer may represent an increase or a decrease from prior years, depending on your financial need and merit compared to the rest of the admitted class, as well as availability of funding.

    Current Students Applying to Other Programs

    Accelerated B.M./M.M.: Although you must apply and audition for this program, if admitted you are essentially considered a continuing student. Your deadline to reapply for financial aid is May 1, and you can expect the same amount of scholarship as you are currently receiving through your graduation from the Master’s program.

    During the fifth year of the program, you are considered a graduate student. FAFSA filers will no longer need to provide parent data or signatures. Your eligibility for federal and state student aid will be the same as for other graduate students; you will no longer be eligible for federal or state grants.

    M.M. or G.D. in Historical Performance: This program offers full-tuition scholarships to all admitted students. However, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are welcome to complete a FAFSA to obtain federal student loans for additional educational fees and living expenses.

    Artist Diploma in Performance: This program is not tuition-free, although substantial scholarship support is available. All applicants must apply for financial aid, following the same procedures as those applying to M.M. programs. The deadline to apply is March 1.

    Artist Diploma in Jazz, Playwriting or String Quartet Studies: These programs do not charge tuition; no forms are required. However, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are welcome to complete a FAFSA to obtain federal student loans for additional educational fees and living expenses.

    Artist Diploma in Opera Studies and all D.M.A programs: These programs offer full-tuition scholarships to all admitted students, as well as living expense stipends. Stipend amounts vary each year and will be announced during the prior spring. No forms are required. However, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are welcome to complete a FAFSA to obtain federal student loans for additional educational and living expenses.

    We encourage all students considering a new program of study to contact us with any questions or concerns.