Undergraduate students who were enrolled full-time in fall 2020 (12 or more credits) are eligible for two free courses (up to six credits), not to exceed $9,900 combined.
Undergraduate students who were enrolled part-time in fall 2020 (six to eleven credits) are eligible for one free course (up to three credits), not to exceed $4,750.
Students who did not attend fall 2020 or who were enrolled in fewer than six credits are not eligible to receive this benefit.
Here are more details about your free course(s):
- The credit will automatically be applied to the highest value course(s); that is, three-credit courses will be credited before two-credit courses.
- The courses should apply to your program requirements.
- If you do not enroll in the summer 2021 semester, you may use your free courses in summer 2022. All free courses must be taken during one semester and cannot be split over the two summers.
- Your credit may be applied towards tuition for your registered courses only and is not applicable to the comprehensive fee or other charges, nor is it eligible to be refunded.
- Find out how this will show up on your billing statement.
Students Who Graduated in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021
You are eligible for tuition-free credits based on your part-time or full-time fall 2020 enrollment.
You may use your tuition-free courses for summer 2021 only, and you cannot use them for private instruction.
Webinar: Tuition-Free Summer Courses
Academic Advising, the Office of Student Accounts, and Student Financial Services held a webinar on March 30 to help you understand your options for the tuition-free courses and how they will impact your scholarships and financial aid.
How to Enroll in Your Tuition-Free Courses
How You Will Receive the Course Credit if You Are Eligible
Register for summer courses through the standard registration process. Once you are registered, the Office of Student Accounts will place the appropriate credit on your account automatically, which will deduct from your overall tuition charges. Learn more about what you will see on your billing statement.
The credit will automatically be applied to the highest value course(s); that is, three-credit courses will be credited before two-credit courses (view a grid that shows the value of the credits for different course combinations).
If you are enrolled in the summer 2021 semester, you must use your tuition-free courses that semester and cannot defer them to summer 2022.
If you are the recipient of a scholarship or Berklee grant, your award will be adjusted based on the number of credits for which you are billed. For example: if you register for 15 credits and receive six credits for free, the scholarship will be prorated based on the nine credits that are being charged. You can estimate your summer scholarship using this calculator (login required).
How This Impacts Your Financial Aid and Scholarships
Using your scholarship in summer will count as a semester of usage, so students enrolling less than full-time should ensure that they are still on track to complete their program within eight semesters. Students who only enroll in the free courses will not receive additional scholarships as Berklee institutional aid cannot exceed tuition charges. Use this scholarship calculator (login required) to estimate how much scholarship money you will be eligible for based on your enrollment level.
Federal Financial Aid
If you are a federal financial aid recipient, you may be eligible to receive federal financial aid provided that in summer you are enrolled in a minimum of six credits, including the free credits. Students who are federal aid recipients and used aid for both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters may not have federal aid eligibility remaining for the summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Student Financial Services
Can I still use my scholarship for the summer semester in addition to receiving the free classes?
Yes, provided that you also enroll in additional courses beyond the free courses. All scholarships will be prorated (login required), or adjusted, based on the number of credits you are paying for. Scholarships cannot be awarded beyond tuition charges and cannot be used to pay for housing.
Can I use my full-tuition scholarship to pay for summer and transfer the free credits to a different semester?
The free courses are only applicable towards the summer 2021 semester or the summer 2022 semester. However, you can choose not to use your scholarship for summer and have it reinstated upon your return as long as you are meeting satisfactory academic progress. That semester will not count as a semester of usage for your scholarship.
Are Berklee Online students eligible for the free courses?
No, only Boston campus students who attended the fall 2020 semester are eligible for these courses.
Can I use federal financial aid for summer 2021?
Yes, provided that you have eligibility remaining and enroll in a minimum of six credits. Students who attended in both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters may not have federal financial aid remaining for the summer semester, and should explore other sources of funding. Please log in to financialaid.berklee.edu to view your yearly financial aid awards.
Can I use financial aid to pay for housing in summer 2021?
Students who have federal financial aid remaining and are enrolling in a minimum of six total credits can use their federal financial aid in the summer, and any overages beyond tuition will either be refunded or can go towards paying for Berklee housing.
Do I need to do a new FAFSA to get financial aid for summer 2021?
You need to have a completed 2020–2021 FAFSA on file for the summer 2021 semester. No new FAFSA is necessary. Students who have not yet filed the 2020–2021 FAFSA may do so to be considered for federal financial aid.
If I’m only planning on taking the free credits this summer, can I get my scholarship as a refund?
Students who only enroll in free courses and do not have any other tuition charges will not receive their scholarship in the summer semester, and it will not count as a semester of usage. Scholarships are only able to be awarded up to tuition costs and cannot be refunded directly to students.
Can I enroll in a payment plan for the summer semester?
Similar to previous years, there are no official payment plans for the summer semester as the semester is shorter and overlaps with fall/spring payment plans.
Registration and Schedule Planning
Do the free courses extend to classes that are not required for my program?
No. Free courses must represent credits needed to earn your degree.
If you graduated (or intend to graduate) in fall 2020 or spring 2021, this requirement does not apply to you; you may use the credits for any courses except private instruction.
Can the free courses be used for hybrid and/or remote classes?
Yes. Hybrid and remote courses are billed the same, and this credit applies to each equally.
What courses are covered within these free credits/courses?
All courses are eligible, with the exception of courses not required as part of your program. Graduated students may not apply the credit to private instruction courses.
If I am only enrolled in free courses for the summer semester, can I live in the residence hall for summer 2021?
Yes, you can still apply. Berklee College of Music continuing and returning students who are enrolled in classes during the summer semester can apply for summer housing.