There are two main forms used to help Berklee award need-based financial aid: the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage you to submit these forms as soon as possible. If you submit them by the important dates outlined below, you will receive your financial aid award package as part of your admissions decision.

How to Apply for Aid

Berklee uses two forms, the FAFSA and CSS Profile, to determine eligibility for federal and institutional need-based funding:

Important Dates

The FAFSA for the 2021–2022 academic year is available starting October 1, 2020Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students who are applying for aid for the spring 2021 or summer 2021 semester should fill out the 2020–2021 FAFSA.

Entering Students

This applies to Berklee College of Music students only.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, all graduate, and all undergraduate continuing students do not need to submit the CSS Profile.

If you are applying for: Submit these forms: By this date:
Early Action CSS Profile and FAFSA November 15
Summer CSS Profile and FAFSA December 1
Fall CSS Profile and FAFSA January 15
Spring CSS Profile and FAFSA July 1

Continuing Students

This applies to Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee only.

If you are continuing for: Submit this form: By this date:
Summer FAFSA April 17
Fall FAFSA April 17

What Happens Next


Part-Time Student Disclaimer

You must be enrolled in at least six credits to be eligible for federal student aid. The amount of credits for which you are enrolled can impact the amount of aid you receive. 

If you plan to attend part time, you must get approved for part-time enrollment through the Office of the Registrar by completing a Part-Time Authorization Request Form

Berklee Online students do not need part-time approval from the registrar, but should first speak with their academic advisor before deciding on course load for a semester.