Funding Your Education

At Berklee, you'll receive the highest quality contemporary music education and significant personal attention from our world-class faculty—the student-faculty ratio is 8:1. You'll also study with premier visiting artists and use state-of-the-art music technology and facilities, all of which makes a Berklee education unparalleled and, by its very nature, expensive to deliver. With that in mind, we work hard to make a Berklee education as affordable as possible to our students and families.

Financial assistance is available from a variety of sources, including institutional merit-based scholarships and need-based grants, federal grants and loans, state aid programs, student employment, outside scholarships, and payment plans. We view all sources of financial aid as supplemental to your family's resources for college, and urge you and your families to develop a sound financial plan to pay for your education. While we're unable to meet the financial needs of all of our students, Berklee makes a considerable investment by awarding more than $35 million in scholarships and grants annually to entering and continuing students.

Following are the offices at Berklee that will help you along the way.

  • Financial Aid. Financial Aid administers need-based aid. Your financial need is evaluated based on the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Scholarships. All applicants to the college's full-time degree or diploma programs are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships through our audition and interview process. Continuing students may apply for merit-based scholarships by submitting an achievement portfolio documenting their musical and academic accomplishments.
  • Student Employment. Student employment provides over 500 students with the opportunity to work part-time on campus to help cover educational expenses.
  • The Bursar. The Bursar's office offers a variety of payment options, including the Tution Management System (TMS), which allows families or individuals to divide the semester's tuition and fees into five payments rather than two.

We also encourage you to explore alternative methods to earn a Berklee degree in the most cost effective ways possible.