Professional/Personal Development and Tuition Benefits

Berklee offers several types of financial support for professional development:

Faculty Professional Development

Updated March 1, 2019

Berklee is deeply committed to supporting and enhancing the teaching effectiveness and professional development of Berklee educators. Through the Office of Faculty Development, the college administers and promotes numerous opportunities for our academic community to come together and undertake projects that enrich them as educators, scholars, and artists.

Contact the Office of Faculty Development to learn about resources and programs such as grants and funding, learning communities, visiting artist series, promotion assistance, and trainings on pedagogy and technology.

Tuition waivers and discounts are not available for Berklee graduate courses. 

Faculty Tuition Benefits

There are five ways to receive tuition assistance at the college. (A login is required for all of the links in this table.)

Program for Faculty Description Benefit Form
Berklee College of Music or ProArts Courses Tuition discount or waivers for Berklee or ProArts courses Benefit amount based on faculty contract and length of service; view details Internal Tuition Discount and Waiver form
External Courses Tuition reimbursement for job-related and nonrelated courses as well as workshops or seminars View details External Tuition Assistance Request form
Berklee Online Courses Tuition discount or waiver for Berklee Online courses Two options to choose from; view details Berklee Online Course Request form
Dependent Tuition Discount or Waiver for Berklee College of Music Tuition discount or waivers issued to family members for Berklee College of Music courses Benefit amount based on faculty contract and length of service; view details Internal Tuition Discount and Waiver form for  dependents
Dependent Tuition Discount or Waiver for Berklee Online Tuition discount or waiver issued to family members for Berklee Online courses Two options to choose from; view details Berklee Online Course Request form for dependents

Staff Professional and Personal Development

Berklee’s staff professional development programs and tuition benefits can help you obtain, maintain, and improve job-related knowledge and skills, and explore other areas of professional or personal interest. Popular programs include the off-campus tuition reimbursement and the on-campus tuition discount/waiver. 

Tuition waivers and discounts are not available for Berklee graduate courses. 

Program for Staff Job-Related Requirement Benefit Eligibility
External Reimbursement:
Tuition for non-Berklee and non-ProArts Consortium courses
Yes 75 percent tuition reimbursement to annual maximum Full-time staff after six months of full-time employment
Internal:
Tuition discount or waiver on courses at Berklee, Berklee Online, ProArts Consortium colleges, and Southern New Hampshire University Online
No Discounted or free tuition Full-time staff after six months of full-time employment

External: Tuition Reimbursement

Berklee offers reimbursement for job-related, non-Berklee, and non-ProArts Consortium courses from an accredited college or university, or from an organization widely respected for the high quality of its instruction in a specific discipline. This includes distance learning.

Eligibility

After six months of full-time service, all full-time staff, including directors, chairs, and members of the President's Advisory Council, are eligible. Employees in probationary periods and temporary employees are not eligible.

Eligible Expenses

Only tuition expenses may be reimbursed, up to the annual maximums outlined below. Short-term workshops, seminars, and non-tuition expenses such as, but not limited to, the following are not reimbursable: cost of books, lab fees, registration fees, taxes, late fees, exam fees, licensing courses, certification fees, dissertation fees, supplies, and travel. In addition, any tuition amounts paid for by grants and/or scholarships are not reimbursable. Coursework must be directly and specifically job-related. See the "Supervisor Approval" section below for more information.

For letter-graded courses, a grade of B- or higher is required. For Pass/Fail courses, a grade of Pass is required. For ungraded courses, proof of satisfactory completion, such as a certificate, is required.

Maximum Reimbursement

Your maximum annual reimbursable amount is based on your years of continuous, full-time staff service.

LENGTH OF SERVICe PLAN YEAR REIMBURSEMENT MAXIMUM
Up to three years $2,500
Three years or more $4,000

Service is measured from the first day you are eligible for this benefit to the course start date.

The annual reimbursement maximum is administered on a calendar-year basis. The course start date determines the calendar year against which reimbursement will be counted for purposes of tracking the annual reimbursement maximum. In no case will total reimbursement paid in a calendar year exceed the applicable limit in Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code for that year (currently $5,250).


    Internal: Tuition Discount or Waiver

    Berklee provides eligible staff with discounted or free tuition to attend Berklee academic courses (excluding ensembles and private lessons), Berklee Online courses, academic courses offered by member institutions of the ProArts Consortium, and courses at Southern New Hampshire University.  

    Eligibility

    After six months of full-time service, all full-time staff, including directors, chairs, and members of the President's Advisory Council are eligible. Employees in probationary periods and temporary employees are not eligible. Your enrollment in a course is subject to availability. Berklee and ProArts member institutions reserve the right to give preference to their regular, degree-candidate students. 

    A. Berklee Academic Courses

    • Full tuition waver for one course per term
    • Undergraduate courses only


    B. Berklee Online Courses

    Undergraduate Courses

    • Option 1: Pay 80 percent of the normal Berklee Online tuition rate. The normal course registration process applies. A seat is guaranteed in the class.
    • Option 2: Full tuition waiver. Enter the course at the beginning of week two if space is available.

    Graduate Courses

    • Option 1: 20 percent tuition discount. A seat is guaranteed in the class. 
    • Option 2: 100 percent tuition discount for faculty and staff furloughed or with their hours reduced by at least half as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as space allows and beginning in week two of the semester.
    • Option 3: 50 percent tuition discount for all other faculty and staff, as space allows and beginning in week two of the semester.

    To take Berklee Online courses through a degree program, you must first apply and be accepted into the degree program.

    Note: The second and third options would not apply to spouses or children of faculty and staff, nor apply to the MBA in Music Business offered in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

    Under federal law, tuition waivers granted for graduate level courses are subject to taxation when the annual (calendar year) waiver amount exceeds $5,250. 


    C. ProArts Consortium Courses

    • Full tuition waiver for one course per term

    D. Southern New Hampshire Univeristy Online (SNHU)

    • There is a 20 percent tuition discount.
    • Normal course registration processes will apply.
    • There are no limits on the number of classes per student per term.
    • There is no discount for doctoral programs or on-campus tuition.

    Dependent Tuition Waivers and Discounts

    Berklee offers partial or full waivers and significant discounts for tuition for your spouse or eligible children. For study at Berklee, your spouse or eligible children must satisfy all applicable degree, program, or course acceptance requirements or prerequisites. Fees, housing costs, and other nontuition expenses are not covered by this benefit plan.

    Tuition waivers and discounts are not available for Berklee's master’s degree tuition at the Boston campus.

    Tuition waivers and discounts may be based on your length of service and may be subject to limits.

    Eligibility

    Your spouse and eligible children are eligible for a tuition waiver or discount if you are one of the following:

    • Faculty: full-time, or part-time and eligible in accordance with the faculty union agreement

    • Staff: full-time, regular staff, including directors, chairs, and members of the President’s Advisory Council after six months of full-time service

    Your “spouse” is the person to whom you are legally married. “Eligible children” for staff means your children who are eligible for Berklee medical insurance. Generally, this means your children must be under age 26.

    Amount of Tuition Waiver and Discounts

    Category I: Boston Campus–Based Undergraduate Degree or Certificate

    Tuition waivers or discounts apply to fall and spring terms, as well as to 12-week and five-week summer sessions.  

    Completed Years of Full-Time Service as Time Class Begins Tuition Waiver/Discount
    One year 10 percent
    Two years 20 percent
    Three years 30 percent
    Four years 40 percent
    Five or more years 100 percent; full-tuition waiver

    Category II: Berklee Online 

    Undergraduate Courses/Degree

    • Option 1 is a tuition discount. Your spouse or eligible child pays 80 percent of the normal Berklee Online tuition rate. The normal course registration process applies. A seat is guaranteed in the class.
    • Option 2 is a 100-percent tuition waiver. Your spouse or eligible child enters the course at the beginning of week two, if space is available.

    Graduate Courses/Degree

    • There is a 20 percent tuition discount. A seat is guaranteed in the class. However, you must first apply and be accepted into the degree program.
    • Under federal law, tuition waivers granted for graduate-level courses are subject to taxation when the annual (calendar year) waiver amount exceeds $5,250.

    Category III: Southern New Hampshire University Online Courses

    Your spouse or eligible child pays 80 percent of the normal tuition rate. The normal course registration process applies. A seat is guaranteed in the class.

    • There are no limits on the number of classes per student per term.
    • There is no discount for doctoral program tuition.