Graduate Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

All students are required to have health insurance.  If you are not covered under your parent(s) or your own health insurance, then add $2,460 for the University Health Insurance. 

Contact University Health Services regarding waiving the insurance or for any other health insurance questions. 

Contact University Dining Services regarding student dining plans. 

New graduate students have a one-time orientation fee of $252.

For additional information about the costs of a graduate degree at Eastman and about financial aid for graduate students, please visit the Prospective Students page of our website.


Direct Costs
Estimated Tuition ** $34,100
Activity Fee 124
Comprehensive Fee 374
Mandatory Health Fee 564
Total ESTIMATED Graduate Direct Costs: $35,162

** Estimated Academic Year Tuition based on 18 credits & lessons (9 credits with lessons each semester)

Direct costs are expenses that are typically charged to a student’s bill by the Eastman School of Music.  These figures are estimated until final rates are published in late spring.

Indirect Costs
Books $ 600
Room 6,300
Board 3,420
Personal 1,125
Transportation 1,125
Total ESTIMATED Graduate Indirect Costs: $12,570

Indirect costs are expenses that are typically incurred and not paid directly to the Eastman School of Music.

Graduate Costs & Financial Aid

Graduate tuition is charged per credit.  Costs can have considerable individual variation, depending on the degree program and graduate award assignment, living expenses, the cost of books and supplies, etc.  Full-time enrollment is 12 credits per semester.  Depending on the nature of the duties, many students with a graduate award are considered full-time with a course load of 9 credit hours per semester.

Graduate students are considered to be financially independent and are eligible for need-based financial aid as well as merit-based aid.  A graduate award normally consists of a stipend (salary for the work done) and a tuition scholarship (a partial remission of tuition); the stipend and tuition scholarship portions of the graduate award are inseparable (a student my not accept one portion and decline the other).

2016-2017 Estimated Charges:

Tuition (not including applied music studies) $1,550 per credit hour 
Applied Music Studies (lessons):  
460A: PRL 1 hour lessons, 4 credit hours  $9,300 per semester
460: Primary 1 hour lesson, 3 credit hours  $6,200 per semester
Mandatory fees (not including health insurance)  $1,052 per year
Health insurance (individual)  $2,632 per year

For example:

1) Academic Year Tuition for a graduate student who holds a graduate award and takes 9 credits per semester (including 1 hour lessons each week) is $34,100 per year.

2) Academic Year Tuition for a graduate student who holds a gradaute award and takes 12 credits per semester (including 1 hour lessons per week) is $43,400 per year.


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