Boston Conservatory at Berklee Students

This fall, we will leverage our online instructional expertise, a forward-thinking curricular model, and what we learned from teaching remotely in the spring and summer to engage students and connect them meaningfully with their peers, faculty, and industry professionals.

Our remote academic offerings this fall will provide a world-class learning experience while also building a strong sense of community through newly designed opportunities for collaboration, performance, and connection. Our thoughtfully designed remote curriculum maximizes the strengths of online teaching and learning, with a focus on experiential training, robust academic courses, and individualized attention and mentoring from faculty. 

In addition:

  • We are temporarily adjusting our policies to allow for part-time study for entering and continuing students this fall. Undergraduate students will be able to register for six–11 credits to qualify for part-time status, and graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of three credits. Tuition and scholarships will be prorated accordingly, offering additional flexibility to those who need it. Part-time students will receive a $500 Back to Berklee Remote Learning Grant.

  • Our Fordham Road facility will open for the fall semester for students in the Boston area, with a facility fee of $300. Learn more and register for access.

The Back to Berklee Academic Experience

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s fully remote semester offers a rich and immersive learning experience for all students that includes experiential training, academic courses, and individualized attention and mentoring from faculty. Fully remote semester highlights include:

  • On-screen learning that is limited to six hours per day, allowing students critical time for personal reflection, processing, recharging, and creative exploration;
  • Daily class schedules that accommodate time zone differences;
  • A balance of experiential learning and academic coursework, with individualized attention and mentoring from faculty;
  • Classes of eight students or fewer for most experiential courses to ensure that every student receives personalized and meaningful instruction;
  • The ability to choose your electives as in previous years, rather than being assigned elective courses as would have been necessary in the hybrid model;
  • No major changes to online academic course offerings this fall; and
  • Performances that explore themes of community building, resilience, healing, and social justice, as well as use digital and video technology to push the boundaries of performance innovation.

In addition, each division will offer new and enhanced opportunities for collaboration, experimentation, and creation, as detailed below.

 

Tuition, Increased Scholarship Support, Grants, and Free Summer Courses 

Tuition will be frozen at the 2019–2020 rates with no comprehensive fee. Students who enroll this fall will also be awarded a one-time Back to Berklee (BTB) Remote Learning Grant towards tuition, plus tuition-free credits toward their degree program requirements during the summer 2021 semester.

View the revised Boston Conservatory at Berklee 2020–2021 tuition and fees schedule.

Back to Berklee Benefits

 

*Berklee Valencia graduate students, Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) graduate students, Harvard/Berklee Dual Degree students, and Berklee Online students are not eligible to receive these benefits. Additionally, students with full-tuition remission or a full scholarship and/or grant will not receive these benefits, as Berklee’s policy is to award institutional aid up to the total cost of tuition.

The grant will be awarded once your fall 2020 schedule is set. The grant will be posted to your tuition bill no later than August 17. Changes between full-time and part-time enrollment will result in changes to the grant.

More information on tuition, grants, and fees for full-time, part-time, and diploma students can be found on the Student Financial Services section of our website. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to these robust cost savings, we have increased our overall scholarship support for new and continuing students by 15% (over $10 million) compared to last year through expanded need-based aid for admitted students and our Thrive scholarship program, and we will honor all previously awarded College and Conservatory scholarships for the fall semester. We have also increased funding to the appeals budget for students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties, and through the generosity of current parents and families, the Board of Trustees, Berklee leadership, and community members, we have mobilized the Berklee Student Emergency Fund to help our returning students navigate this challenging time. 

Here is an overview of impact on financial aid and scholarships:

  • All College and Conservatory scholarships will be honored. Students enrolling full-time will receive their scholarship without adjustment. Students whose scholarships are already at or near full tuition may have their BTB Remote Learning Grant reduced in order to not exceed tuition charges.
  • Federal aid recipients may have lower need-based loans, and their aid package will not exceed the cost of attendance. This may result in a lower loan amount, which will reduce overall borrowing for the year.
  • Students who enroll part-time (six to 11 credits) will have their scholarship adjusted according to the scholarship proration policy.
  • If you have a full-tuition scholarship, you will not receive the BTB Remote Learning Grant on top of my full-tuition scholarship. Berklee’s policy is to award institutional aid up to the total amount of tuition. Your scholarship will still cover your tuition for fall 2020.

Please contact Student Financial Services at financialaid@berklee.edu if you have questions about your specific situation.

Registration 

  • Please note: Only continuing and returning students register for classes. If you are a new student entering this fall, you will register for classes during new student orientation.

The fall semester will begin on September 8, 2020, and end on December 18, 2020, as planned. View the 2020–2021 academic calendar.

Learn more about fall registration (login required), including when you will receive your registration time.

All required courses will be scheduled to enable students in time zones outside of the U.S. to participate with their peers. Students will also be able to register for liberal arts courses that are being offered by faculty on Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. These courses will take place between 3:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EDT/EST to accommodate students in times zones outside of the U.S.

Part-Time Enrollment

We are making a one-time exception to our policy for the fall 2020 semester, and will allow entering and continuing undergraduate and graduate students at the College and Conservatory to enroll part-time. To qualify for part-time enrollment under this new exception, undergraduate students must enroll in between six and 11 academic credits. Twelve or more credits is considered full-time. Graduate students at the Conservatory must enroll in a minimum of three credits.

Tuition will be charged per credit, and existing scholarships will be prorated according to Berklee’s policy. Part-time enrollment may impact a student’s financial aid eligibility, visa status, and progress to degree completion. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their academic advisor, department chair, financial aid counselor, or International Student Services to evaluate the impacts of changing to a part-time enrollment status.

Please note that students who enroll in fewer than six credits are not eligible for federal loans, including the Parent PLUS loan, and will also not receive the BTB Remote Learning Grant. Other federal aid may also be reduced or canceled for students enrolling in fewer than six credits. Please contact Student Financial Services with questions.

 

Next Steps

Entering Undergraduate Students

If you are:

  • Enrolling for the fall: Complete your enrollment next steps; or
  • Not enrolling for the fall: The Conservatory cannot offer a spring (January) semester start for undergraduate students due to curricular structure. If you are considering a deferral, we recommend that you first consult with your department chair to discuss the best course of action. 

Continuing Undergraduate Students

If you are:

  • Enrolling for the fall: Register for courses beginning July 28. More information will be sent to you in the coming days; or
  • Not enrolling for the fall: File for a leave of absence by contacting registrar@berklee.edu.

Graduate Students

If you are:

  • Enrolling for the fall: Register for courses beginning July 28. More information will be sent to you in the coming days; or
  • Not enrolling for the fall: Graduate music students are eligible to request to defer their admission to the spring (January) semester of the same academic year. If you are considering a deferral, we recommend that you first consult with your department chair to discuss the best course of action. 

Families

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