Cost of Attendance for 2020–2021

Cost of attendance (COA) is a value that includes both the direct and indirect costs of your enrollment at Berklee College or Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

This chart includes tuition and fees that are billed to your account, but it also lists expenses such as books, living expenses (on campus), and health insurance.

Your total financial aid (grants, scholarships, and loans) cannot exceed your total cost of attendance.

  Degree Diploma
Direct, Billed Expenses (Mandatory)
Tuition $45,890 $39,540




** Software bundle



Direct, Billed Expenses (Optional)
On-campus room and board $18,830 $18,830
Berklee-purchased MacBook Pro $2,344.94 $2,344.94

ProSonos AudioBox iTwo audio interface

** Berklee Student Health Insurance Plan





Indirect Expenses
Off-campus room and board $15,108 $15,108
Personal expenses $1,250 $1,250
Transportation $990 $990
Books $1,000 $1,000
Federal Stafford Loan fees $56 $56
Total on-campus costs $74,335.88 $67,985.88
Total off-campus costs $70,613.88 $64,263.88

** Amount is estimated and to be determined. 

A MacBook Pro purchase is not required if a student already owns a laptop that meets Berklee's technology requirements.

Massachusetts state sales tax of 6.25 percent is included in the cost of the software package, MacBook, and AudioBox.

The Berklee Student Health Insurance Plan can be waived if a student is already covered by a comprehensive policy that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act.

Other Related Expenses

"Other related expenses" are costs related to going to college that will not appear on a student's bill.

Students and families must arrange and pay for all travel to and from Berklee.

The total cost of living off campus is estimated to be $15,108 for nine months. Students should arrive on campus with the funds to cover the first two months of rent.

The estimated cost of books and personal expenses is $3,240 per year. Students should arrive on campus with sufficient funds to cover these costs. Book vouchers are available from the financial aid office if there is excess federal aid available on a student's account after payment of mandatory billed expenses. These vouchers can be used at the Berklee Bookstore to purchase books, course materials, and other essential class supplies.  

For more detailed costs relating to the current academic year, please visit the Office of Student Accounts online.