Federal, State, and Private Grants

A grant is money that does not need to be repaid. The Juilliard School will package all students with any federal/state grants for which they are eligible. These may include the following:

Federal Grants

The Federal Pell Grant: available to undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who have not completed their first undergraduate degree. Grants range from $606 to $5,920 annually, based on the expected family contribution (EFC) calculated on the FAFSA. For more information, visit Federal Student Aid. Pell grant recipients with anticipated credit balances may request an advance of their refund to purchase books and supplies. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): available to students who are Pell eligible. Grants range from $500 to $4,000 annually. Funds are limited and based on unmet need. For more information, visit Federal Student Aid.

State Grants

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): available to full-time undergraduate students who meet the State Education Department's New York residency requirements. Students must have graduated from a U.S. high school. Grants range from $500 to $5,165 per year for tuition only. New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the NYS Student Aid Payment Application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page. For more information, visit Higher Education Services Corporation.

Veterans' Education Benefits

The Department of Veteran Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs; however, the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program are the two most commonly used programs at the School.

To determine which VA educational benefit is best for you and to discuss your eligibility, students and families should contact the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Private Grants

We strongly encourage all students to apply for privately funded grants and scholarships. There are a number of online databases that catalogue a wide variety of opportunities. In addition, many fraternal, industrial, community, and religious organizations sponsor scholarship programs which should be investigated through the particular institution.

Prospective applicants may wish to begin their search during their junior and/or senior year of high school and may seek information from their guidance counselor regarding application procedures. Current Juilliard students may view the list of opportunities on this page.

Private Grant Databases

Although we make every effort to inform students of grant opportunities, we strongly encourage students to do their own research as well. Here are some websites that you may find helpful when searching for private grants. Remember, you should never have to pay a fee to apply for a grant or scholarship!

Private Grant Opportunities

Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship (Deadline: January 2018) - The Point Foundation awards scholarships to LGBTQ-identifying students who show a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement, working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community, and who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship amounts vary and are awarded on a "last provider" basis, meaning that Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work-study programs, etc. 

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship (Deadline: February 2018) - The Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship is offered every year to a male or female music student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice. The award amount is $5,000 - $20,000.

Azizie Scholarship (Deadline: May 2018) - Write an essay on the topic of “What is a problem within the industry you’re currently majoring in, and how will you solve this issue?" Scholarship amount is $1,000.

B.Davis Scholarship (Deadline: May 2018) - Write an essay of less than 1,000 words on the topic: “Describe three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. Scholarship amount is $1,000.

Cogniizant Transformation Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Program (Deadline: August 2018) - A leading organization based in India that provides learning solutions, communication skills training, etc. Scholarship amount is $500.