Cost of Attendance for 2021–2022

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

Boston Conservatory at Berklee: See the cost of attending the Conservatory.

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.

Direct, billed expenses (mandatory) Degree Diploma
Tuition $45,468 $39,176
Fees $1,332 $1,332
Software bundle $1,073.13


Direct, billed expenses (optional) Degree Diploma
On-campus room and board $18,828 $18,828
Berklee-purchased MacBook Pro $2,278.73 $2,278.73
ProSonos AudioBox iTwo audio interface $134.94 $134.94
Berklee Student Health Insurance Plan* $2,650 $2,650
Indirect expenses Degree Diploma
Off-campus room and board $14,526 $14,526
Personal expenses $1,203 $1,203
Transportation $967 $967
Books $474 $474
Federal Stafford Loan fees $56 $56
Total Costs Degree Diploma
Total on-campus costs


Total off-campus costs $70,162.80 $63,870.80

*This amount is estimated and to be determined. 

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 SHIP 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 the costs related to going to college that will not appear on a student's bill. For Berklee students, they include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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 $13,850 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 $1,677 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.