After You Register
For all information related to student accounts such as tuition and fees, tuition payment plans (Tuition Management Systems) and other methods of payment, third party scholarships, refund checks and overpayment of tuition fees, Berklee’s collection policy, and more, visit the Office of the Bursar.
By registering for classes at Berklee and agreeing to the Student Acknowledgement of Financial and Other Obligations (SAFO), you acknowledged financial responsibility for the charges and fees assessed to your student account. Student account balances are to be paid in full by the due date published. The student will be notified by email and home mailing address of any unpaid balance on the account. The student is also expected to periodically check his or her online account for any additional charges or loss/reduction in aid that resulted in an unpaid balance.
The Office of the Bursar will notify students during the semester via Berklee email to alert them to any past-due balance on their account. These email notifications should be understood to be official notifications of a past-due account and part of Berklee’s internal collection effort prior to assignment with an external collection agency. After the semester notices will be sent to the preferred mailing address on file with the Registrar's Office, advising the student of any unpaid balance. If payment has not been received once a semester has ended, that account will be considered delinquent and in default. Should it be necessary to place a delinquent account with an outside collection agency, the student will be responsible for reimbursing the college for any collection agency fees, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 50 percent of the debt, and all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that Berklee incurs in such collection efforts.
All payments that are received after the published deadline for any given semester will be subject to a $260 late payment fee.
Students have the option to sign up for an additional tuition insurance program provided through Liberty Mutual Insurance. This coverage supplements Berklee College of Music’s student refund policy.
There are many Berklee policies that may impact your eligibility for financial aid. All aid applicants should familiarize themselves with the following guidelines:
- All financial aid awards are based on full-time enrollment (12 credits). If you are enrolled for fewer than twelve credits, your aid may be reduced or canceled at the end of the add/drop period;
- For students to receive financial aid in the summer semester they are required to complete a Summer Aid Application which can be found at Berklee's Forms and Other Downloads page;
- Financial aid applicants must continue to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for both federal and institutional financial aid;
- Pending aid cannot be credited to a student’s account. Please check your Berklee email account as the Office of Student Financial Services sends emails to students indicating what documents or forms are outstanding. You can view your aid and find missing documents and messages by logging in to financialaid.berklee.edu. Most items that we request may be downloaded from Berklee's Forms and Other Downloads page; and
- Students are required to complete an exit interview session per federal regulations if they withdraw from Berklee for any reason (i.e. graduation, withdraw during the semester, or simply do not return to Berklee) or enroll for less than six credits. For loan repayment information, Berklee College of Music students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services. (Boston Conservatory at Berklee students should contact the Conservatory's Financial Aid Office.)
For more details regarding how your enrollment affects your financial aid eligibility, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), student loan requirements and other policies, please visit Financial Aid or walk in and meet with a financial aid counselor from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Monday through Friday. For financial aid-related matters, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-747-2274 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help students maintain their wellbeing, Berklee sponsors a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Most students are automatically enrolled in, and charged for, Berklee’s SHIP, which is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and administrated by Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk. Massachusetts requires that students participate in the school-sponsored plan or demonstrate coverage by a comparable plan.
Coverage for students beginning in the summer term will be from May 15, 2018, to August 14, 2018. Coverage for students starting in the fall term will be from August 15, 2018, to August 14, 2019. Full coverage details are available at gallagherstudent.com/berklee.
To waive the SHIP, students must demonstrate comparable coverage each academic year. The waiver is submitted online through the Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk website. Students beginning in the summer who wish to waive the Berklee SHIP will need to complete the waiver before the summer deadline and again before the fall deadline. For summer-entering students, the deadline for submitting a request to waive Berklee’s SHIP is June 9, 2018. The deadline for waiving 2018-2019 coverage for entering and continuing students is September 17, 2018.
Not all plans are acceptable, such as out-of-state Medicaid and HMO plans. To be comparable to the SHIP, alternate plans must provide coverage for a full range of preventive and speciality care in Massachusetts, not just for urgent care or emergencies. All plans must be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
International students cannot waive coverage unless insured through one of the following:
- A parent/guardian/spouse’s health insurance plan offered through a U.S. employer;
- Select government-sponsored programs; or
- Mass Health or a plan purchased through the Massachusetts Health Connector.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with a customer service representative, please contact Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk at 1-800-391-8057 or by going to gallagherstudent.com/berklee and clicking on the Customer Service link.