New England Conservatory awards NEC scholarships and federal and state grants and loans to eligible students. Federal and state eligibility is largely based on financial need. Institutional funding is awarded based on both a student's talent/merit and demonstrated financial need.

Incoming Student Application Requirements

NEC requires all applicants for financial aid (including students seeking only merit-based NEC funding) to provide complete financial information, as follows:

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit the following:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • The Financial Aid section of the online application for admission

All international students must submit the following:

  • The Financial Aid section of the online application for admission

Important Deadlines

December 1: NEC online application for admission (including Financial Aid information)
February 15: 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Application Process

To streamline the financial aid and scholarship application process, the Financial Aid Office utilizes an online financial aid system called NetPartner. All students receiving any type of financial aid, including scholarship/merit aid, must register for NetPartner in order to

  • View a list of documents we've received from you and a list of documents still required
  • Download required forms
  • Check the status of your financial aid application
  • Review  your financial aid awards (this summer)
  • Accept and/or decline your financial aid awards

Applicants for admission for Fall 2017 will be contacted in March 2017 with information about how to register for the online NetPartner system.

We strive to send every admitted student a financial aid offer within 48 hours of an offer of admission. If you are admitted to NEC and your Financial Aid file is complete (see requirements above), the NEC Financial Aid Office will contact you promptly with information about how to view your financial aid award online.

We contact every Financial Aid applicant to detail his/her eligibility for all types of financial aid. Institutional (e.g. NEC scholarship/merit aid) and federal (e.g. grants, loans, and work-study) aid will all appear on the same award letter; NEC does not award scholarships separately from other types of financial aid. If you were not offered any type of financial assistance, please refer to the explicit details indicated on the "View & Accept Awards" screen in NetPartner.

It is the student's responsibility to read and act upon all correspondence sent by Financial Aid. Should any information seem unclear, please contact the Financial Aid Office for clarification. It is your responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes to your mailing or email addresses. You may forfeit all or a portion of your financial aid award if you do not follow all instructions or respond to requests from the Financial Aid Office.

Securing Your Financial Aid

Your NEC Financial Aid award offer reflects the financial assistance package we are able to offer you for the coming academic year. To accept your award, visit the "View & Accept Awards" tab of your NetPartner account and mark each award as "Accepted" or "Declined." Our database will update automatically. Accepting your financial aid awards must done online only; verbal acceptances will not be processed. Student loan borrowers will also be required to complete additional paperwork before loan funding can be disbursed.

If you wish to to accept an award (such as a loan) for less than the amount the appears on your "View & Accept Awards" screen, you must contact the Financial Aid office (by email, phone, or mail) to specify the reduced amount. Similarly, if you wish to reinstate an award that you previously declined, you may contact the Financial Aid Office to make the adjustment. In both cases, you will be asked to return to the "View & Accept Awards" tab in NetPartner to accept the revised amounts.

Appealing Your Financial Aid Award (Applicants/Admitted Students)

All appeals for additional financial assistance must be made in writing and include appropriate documentation. All appeals should also specify a dollar amount of funding requested. If approved, appeal awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Appeals that document a change in the student’s financial situation since the application was filed or that document information that was not previously provided to the Financial Aid Office must be detailed in the NEC Financial Aid Appeal Form. Appeals are reviewed continually; responses will typically be mailed within 10 business days from the date the appeal is received by our office.


The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately one-third of all federal aid applications for review in a process called “Verification.” If you are selected, the Financial Aid Office will request documentation from you that may include an IRS Tax Transcript for both the student and parent (if applicable), copies of 2015 W2 information for the student and parent (if either one did not file taxes), and the completion of a Verification Worksheet.

Incoming students may be awarded funds prior to the Verification process being completed; however, all Financial Aid award offers are considered tentative until Verification has been completed (changes to student packages will be communicated in writing). Students selected for Verification will not have any financial aid funds disbursed until Verification is completed.

Disbursement (Payment) of Financial Aid

Financial Aid will be applied to student accounts and will be used to address billable charges (i.e. tuition, fees, residence hall charges). Financial Aid funds cannot be applied until the student has completed all required paperwork to ensure a complete Financial Aid file. Aid applied to a student account that exceeds the student's charges will be refunded to the student. Students who borrow loan funds for living expenses will not receive refunds until 3 business days from the date that loans are posted onto their student account (approximately the second week in September). Students are expected to plan accordingly.

Financial Aid Renewal

All Financial Aid recipients, including those receiving only NEC funding, must reapply for financial aid annually. Financial Aid Applications for continuing students are usually available in January for aid to be awarded in the next academic year.

Normally, financial aid awards will remin the same dollar amount for each student from year to year. However, changes in income, degree program, household size, family members' college enrollment, credit-load, etc. may affect a student's financial aid. To be eligible for renewal, students must meet NEC's academic standards, be registered, and reapply for financial aid on time with minimal changes to his/her financial situation.

Current NEC students who are applying to another degree program (ie: Bachelor’s students who re-apply for Master’s programs) are subject to the deadlines set for new students. Financial Aid decisions will be made in accordance with the applicant’s strengths and financial need relative to the pool of new applicants. This policy includes current Master’s students applying for a second Master’s degree in another major.

Please view our Policies page for important policies related to your Financial Aid application and awards.

The NEC Financial Aid Office administers a broad range of financial aid programs, including scholarships, loans, work-study, and grants. These funds may come from a variety of sources—institutional (NEC), federal, state, and private. We work closely with government agencies, student loan lenders, and private organizations to help families finance their postsecondary education.


The New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.