Applying For Aid

Please note that effective for 2014-2015 all entering students (freshman and transfer applicants) must complete the CSS Profile to be considered for institutional funding from Berklee College of Music. All students who complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA will be considered for federal funding.

Continuing and returning students only need to submit the 2014-2015 FAFSA.

Step 1. File your CSS Profile

CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile)                                                                            

Apply online at

  • 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

  • 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

Priority Filing Dates  
Early Action entering students

December 1

March 1

CSS Profile


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.