Applying For Aid
Please note that effective for 2014-2015 all entering students (freshman and transfer applicants) must complete the the CSS Profile in addition to the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Continuing and returning students may skip to Step 2 as they are only required to complete the FAFSA for 2014-2015 to be considered for federal funding.
Step 1. File your CSS Profile
CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile)
Apply online at student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. must complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile to apply for need-based aid at Berklee.
Be sure to add the Berklee school code #3107.
Berklee may request additional supporting documentation such as federal tax forms and schedules from you and your parents.
For students whose parents are self-employed or own a business or farm: You will be asked about the income, expenses, assets, and liabilities of your parents' business. Please also send a copy of the most recent year's business tax return to the Office of Financial Aid at Berklee.
For students whose parents are separated or divorced: You will receive an e-mail notification to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE. You will be provided with a secure log-in and password, which should be forwarded to your noncustodial parent, who should complete the form online.
Step 2. File your FAFSA
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. must complete the FAFSA form to apply for need-based aid at Berklee
Be sure to add the Berklee school code: 002126
Berklee highly encourages all students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval during the FAFSA filing process. Utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval will help eliminate the amount of documents you may have to submit in the verification process.
Students and parents can apply for a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education at the time they complete their FAFSA online. This PIN serves as the electronic signature for the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, the parent signature with PIN is required. The PIN web site is www.pin.ed.gov.
|Priority Filing Dates|
|Early Action entering students||
|Entering students summer 2014||February 1||FAFSA and CSS Profile|
|Entering students fall 2014||March 1||FAFSA and CSS Profile|
|Entering students spring 2015||August 1||FAFSA and CSS Profile|
|Continuing and returning students||April 15||FAFSA|
Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you and your parents may need to send us additional information. Approximately one-third of students who apply for federal aid are selected for verification. Verification is when the college checks the accuracy of the information on the FAFSA. Please be aware that your financial aid may change once the verification process is complete. If you complete the FAFSA prior to filing your federal taxes, you must return to the FAFSA website once the taxes are filed to complete the IRS Data Retrieval.
If you need to submit additional documents to our office, we will send an email to your preferred email address informing you what we need.