Scholarships and Assistantships

Longy offers merit-based awards determined by the applicant's artistic and academic accomplishments and the school's programmatic needs. There are a limited number of assistantships for qualified incoming master's students. Assistantship awards are applied toward tuition costs. All applicants are considered for merit aid.

The Scholarship Committee reviews and renews awards each year for students who complete a renewal application. Scholarships are awarded for four full-time semesters for graduate programs and for eight full-time semesters for undergraduates.

Scholarship and assistantship awards are based on full-time enrollment. Any student approved for less than full-time enrollment will have the award reviewed and pro-rated. Assistantships are generally kept at the same dollar level but considered in the pro-ration calculation. Scholarships are not awarded to half- and three-quarter-time students past the equivalent of the normal length of full-time residency.

THE ROMAN AND MELANIE TOTENBERG SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Dean’s Fund
For Student Emergencies

Student Travel Fund
Worldwide Ambassadors

THE ROMAN AND MELANIE TOTENBERG SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Preeminent violinist Roman Totenberg and his wife Melanie led remarkable lives in music. Their influence on classical music can be heard every day in orchestras and music schools worldwide. Roman’s extraordinary talent as a violinist and lifelong career as a teacher and mentor has inspired countless musicians around the globe.

The Roman and Melanie Totenberg Scholarship Fund, established in their memory, will grant scholarships to exceptional young musicians pursuing string studies.

The Dean’s Fund
For Student Emergencies

Even in the best of times, students often face difficult financial challenges. Cambridge and Los Angeles are among the costliest cities in America and each year a small number of Longy students find themselves in dire straits. Some have had to leave the school mid-year because the funds they expected disappeared. Sometimes, those who rely on part-time jobs and music performances to supplement their housing, meals and other basic needs are unexpectedly laid off or cannot find work, making it difficult to even pay for routine expenses such as food or their utility bills. Nearly every Longy student — undergraduates and graduates alike — can tell a story of personal sacrifice and hardship, which can arise unexpectedly. The Dean’s Fund assists with student emergencies such as unforeseen challenges in meeting tuition payments. It also helps students with personal financial emergencies including unexpected medical bills, travel expenses for family emergencies, hardships such as difficulty paying for food, housing and utilities, and other financial crises as they arise. Funds are disbursed at the discretion of the Dean of the Conservatory, based on application.

Student Travel Fund
Worldwide Ambassadors

Longy's Conservatory students often travel the world over. Many of them already perform around the world in concert venues. They also attend prestigious festivals, where they can learn new skills under the tutelage of a master teacher and interact with musicians and industry leaders who can guide them in ways that will increase their chance of professional success. The Student Travel Fund assists Conservatory students with travel expenses as they attend national and international competitions, festivals and concert venues. In many ways, they are serving as Longy’s ambassadors, each time showcasing our school in their biographies and performances. Funds are disbursed at the discretion of the Dean of the Conservatory, based on application.