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Scholarships & Grants for Applicants

NEC is committed to providing financial support to the world’s best young musicians with scholarships based on merit and financial need. Each year, more than 90% of our students receive scholarship awards. NEC scholarships are typically renewable for the duration of the student’s degree program.

Merit is primarily determined through the audition process, while financial need is determined by the FAFSA and/or additional financial information provided during the application process.

How to apply for NEC Scholarship:

  • Submit the NEC Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships (part of the online admission application for incoming students)
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents only: submit the FAFSA

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 guaranteed funding is part of the student’s overall scholarship from the Conservatory. There is not a separate fund name for From the Top Scholars. Students enrolled in the Tufts/NEC 5-Year and Harvard/NEC 5-Year programs are ineligible for this funding.

Federal and State Grants

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may qualify for grant aid from the federal and/or state government. 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 as determined by the FAFSA. Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree.

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. SEO Grants are only awarded undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.

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 typically do not need to be repaid.

Outside Scholarships

We are committed to helping students seek resources outside of federal and institutional financial aid programs. With this in mind, we have developed an outside/private scholarship page which lists a variety of organizations that offer funding resources to students.

Our scholarship listings are not exhaustive, and we encourage students to pursue scholarship opportunities in their local communities as well as on a national level. 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 NEC. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement. This information is provided for informational purposes only.

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.