MM & DMA Financial Aid

Merit-based financial aid

During the average academic year, the Bienen School of Music awards over $7 million in merit-based assistance in the form of graduate tuition grants and work assistantships. All graduate students who demonstrate exceptional ability during the admission process are eligible for these awards. Master of Music students have the opportunity to receive partial or full tuition grants. All DMA students receive a full-tuition scholarship, stipend, and fully subsidized health insurance.

Graduate assistantships

The Bienen School offers numerous graduate assistant positions designed to provide experience in a variety of areas. Positions include performance studio managers, teaching non-major lessons, faculty research assistants, accompanists, ensemble managers, seminar chamber musicians, admissions, clerical, technology, etc. Applicants to the graduate programs will provide information on interest and ability in various areas.

Need-based financial aid

Northwestern University students can also take advantage of low-interest federal loans, private or alternative loans, and/or federal college work study options. To determine if you are eligible for these financial aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Graduate endowed scholarships

Many of the scholarships awarded to graduate students are made possible through the generous contributions of donors and alumni. These prestigious awards are given to graduate musicians who demonstrate the highest level of musical achievement.

Financial Aid Handbook

Students can find comprehensive information regarding financial aid as well as explanations of billing, student accounts, and work assistance guidelines in the Bienen School graduate financial aid handbook:

Download the 2023-24 Graduate Financial Aid Handbook