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:
The Federal Pell Grant: available to undergraduates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, and who have not completed their first undergraduate degree. Grant amounts are 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. Funds are limited and based on unmet need. For more information, visit Federal Student Aid.
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), created as part of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was signed into law on March 27, 2020 to address the national emergency of Covid-19. This fund provides emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how Juilliard has utilized this fund.
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.
The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. In compliance with this law, the Juilliard School allows GI Bill and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend classes until VA provides payment to the institution. The Juilliard School will not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA.
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
The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually, in December, to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors (applications are due in May and September preceding the awards). This four-year, merit-based scholarship (“Scholarship”) is intended to cover the full tuition and ‘qualified educational expenses’ (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum). ‘Educational expenses’ vary amongst higher institutions, but the Scholarship is intended to cover tuition, fees, course-related expenses, books, supplies, and equipment.
The Hoenig Theatre Artist Scholarship is being awarded to actors, directors, designers, etc. Let them know who you are and how you want to use the scholarship. Amount: $ 3,000. Deadline: Year-round enrollment.
Applications are being accepted for The Nancy Etz Academic Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship was created to recognize an outstanding student and provide them the resources needed to advance in their disciplines and pursue their careers. The deadline is: February 21, 2021.
Visit The New York Public Library (NYPL) Foundation Center Resources for an online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.
The Mechanism Ventures team is offering the African-American Entrepreneurs Grant (Male Award). Students in any undergraduate or graduate field are welcome to apply. Submit a 500-1000 word essay about yourself and sharing your business idea, what inspired you to start, and what do you hope it will achieve. Amount $1,000 Deadline: February 11, 2021
The Mechanism Ventures team is offering the African-American Entrepreneurs Grant (Female Award). Students in any undergraduate or graduate field are welcome to apply. Submit a 500-1000 word essay about yourself and sharing your business idea, what inspired you to start, and what do you hope it will achieve. Amount $1,000 Deadline: February 11, 2021
The BMI Foundation is now accepting online applications for its 2021 scholarship season. The Foundation will handle five songwriting and composing competitions: BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, BMI Student Composer Awards, John Lennon Scholarship, peermusic Latin Scholarship and the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship. Most applications must be completed online no later than January 2021 and applicants should visit the company's website for specific deadlines for each program.
Musicians and music lovers! Music for Humanity is offering a $10,000 scholarship! Submit a 500 word essay sharing your musical background, experience, aspirations, and your desire to continue your education in your field. Also create a YouTube video (up to 3 minutes) expressing what you wrote on your essay. To join their mailing list, click here. Deadline: Application for 2021-2022 will be accepted February 1 to May 15, 2021
The Vancouver Opera Guild will award a $6,000 Career Development Grant to a student involved in the field of opera. The Career Development Grant is available only to Canadian citizens or those with Landed Immigrant status. It will be awarded to a singer between the ages of 20 and 33 years who intends to make his/her career in opera. To apply, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Deadline: April 15, 2021
The Geoff Richter Performing Arts Award Committee will offer an award of up to $2,000! Eligible students must have attended high school in Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming and Orleans) and are currently enrolled for theatre, dance, vocal or instrumental studies. Application deadline: January 30, 2021