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. 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.

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.

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. 

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

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships supports New Americans in the pursuit of graduate education. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years.  Students who are U.S. citizens, Naturalized citizens, a Green Card holder, Adopted, or a DACA recipient are eligible to apply.  Application Deadline: October 28, 2021

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.

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.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) awards scholarships to talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. For U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Please visit their website about various scholarship opportunities.  Scholarship amounts and deadlines vary.

Completing the Dream Scholarship Program is made possible by the Sallie Mae in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. For Undergraduate students in their final year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Amount: Up to $2,500.  Deadline: December 31, 2021

The Argento Fellowships supports graduate programs in Voice and Composition.  Each award is for up to $50,000 each to cover graduate tuition and living expenses.  Application Deadline: October 15, 2021