NEC Scholarships

NEC scholarships

NEC is committed to providing financial support to the world’s best young musicians in order to make our high quality of individualized education accessible. We offer a range of scholarship awards to full-time students based on merit/talent and financial need. Merit is primarily determined through the audition process, while financial need is based on the processed FAFSA and/or additional financial information provided during the application process.

Each year, more than 90% of students receive scholarship awards, ranging from a few thousand dollars to a select number of full tuition scholarships. Students should expect to invest financially in their education at NEC, planning ahead for all costs of study including tuition, housing, books and scores, travel, insurance, instrument repair, and other expenses.

To be considered for NEC scholarships, students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must complete the FAFSA (regardless of whether they believe their family will qualify for need-based support) and NEC Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships (part of the online application for incoming students). International students must complete the NEC Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Normally, NEC scholarships are renewable for the duration of the student’s degree program, provided that students submit all required documentation on an annual basis.

Federal Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may qualify for grant aid from the federal government, in addition to federal student and parent loans and federal work study. Students must submit the FAFSA to be considered for these funds.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based federal grant that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility is based on a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated when the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is processed. Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. To be considered for this grant, students must complete the FAFSA and NEC Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships annually.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is a need-based federal grant that does not have to be repaid. Recipients are selected in accordance with federal regulations, which require SEOG to be awarded to students with exceptional financial need, typically Federal Pell Grant recipients. To be considered for this grant, students must complete the FAFSA and NEC Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships annually.

State Grants

State grants are issued by the state in which the student permanently resides. An estimate of the grant may appear on the student’s award letter. However, the state agency will notify the student of actual award amounts, at which time adjustments to the student’s award letter may need to be made. State Grants do not typically need to be repaid. To be considered for a state grant, students must complete the FAFSA annually no later than the state deadlines posted on

Other Scholarships

NEC / From the Top Scholarship

Students who performed on the From the Top Program and have been admitted to NEC are guaranteed scholarship funds of at least $7,500. This funding is included as part of the student’s overall scholarship from the Conservatory. There is not a separate fund name for From the Top Scholars. The total amount awarded is NEC funding includes the From the Top award. Student enrolled in the Tufts/NEC 5-Year and Harvard/NEC 5-Year programs are ineligible for this funding.

Outside Scholarships

The NEC Financial Aid Office is committed to helping students seek resources beyond the scope of federal and institutional financial aid programs. With this in mind, we have developed an outside/private scholarship page which lists several organizations that offer funding resources to students.

Our scholarship listings are not exhaustive. We encourage all students to pursue scholarship opportunities in their local communities, as well as on a national level. Once you have selected the scholarship(s) in which you are interested, review the application instructions and eligibility requirements carefully. You may request information from any of the organizations listed or browse their websites for additional information

Always use caution when applying for private scholarship opportunities. Outside scholarships are sponsored, administered, and awarded by a variety of private agencies, organizations, and individual donors not affiliated with the Conservatory. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement. This information is provided for informational purposes only. The NEC Financial Aid Office cannot guarantee the accuracy or the timeliness of information found at any of the outside scholarship sites above; therefore, it is critical that students verify information before applying.


NEC admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.