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Financial Aid FAQs
Berklee also selects seven outstanding entering musicians annually to receive the Presidential Scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, the required laptop and the comprehensive fee. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate the highest musical merit and potential through the admissions process as well as high financial need. Each year, 25 of our top applicants in the fall entering class are nominated for the Presidential Scholarship and invited to submit supplemental materials for further review. The Scholarship Committee reviews all submissions, including the required financial aid forms, and selects the seven recipients in April. Students already enrolled at Berklee are not eligible to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.
In addition to the Presidential Scholarship, Berklee selects one Vans Off The Wall Scholar, one Canada Scholar, and one A. R. Rahman Scholar to receive awards covering the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, the required laptop, and the comprehensive fee. Candidates for these awards are also invited to submit supplemental materials including the required financial aid forms for further review by the Scholarship Committee. Final decisions are announced by June 1 each year. Students already enrolled at Berklee are not eligible to be considered for these scholarships.
Continuing students who are currently not receiving a merit-based scholarship are eligible to apply for the Berklee Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship is targeted to outstanding upper-semester students going into their third and fourth years of study at Berklee. All Berklee Achievement Scholarships are partial scholarship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year. There are no full-tuition scholarships available through this process, as full-tuition scholars are identified through our entering student scholarship process.
Scholarships for continuing students are awarded through the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and are based on the review of an applicant's scholarship portfolio including academic and merit achievement.
The Berklee Achievement Grant program is an incentive-based awards program for students who have Berklee scholarships and/or grants that eliminate tuition increases for qualified students. Students with Berklee scholarships and/or grants who earn a minimum cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 and also demonstrate financial need may qualify for an increase in aid for their second, third and fourth years at Berklee. The grants are $1,500 per year and are awarded for the fall and spring semesters ($750/semester).
The Spring Awards are small, partial-tuition merit awards ranging from $500-$5,000 that are targeted to high-achieving continuing students nearing graduation. A select group of students are nominated by the faculty, chairs, and deans for Spring Awards based on their outstanding academic and musical achievement in their major/instrumental department.
It’s important to note that students do not acquire full-tuition scholarships after they enter the college with partial-tuition scholarships. There are some opportunities to receive some additional support but that funding is limited. Therefore, we advise students to plan their enrollment at Berklee for four years based on the financial aid package they receive as an entering student. Selecting the right college is both an academic decision and a financial decision. Berklee is an expensive private college that offers an unparalleled education at a premium cost so students and families must have a comprehensive financial plan in order to afford the cost of attendance for four years of study.
In addition, the faculty, chairs, and deans nominate a select group of upper-semester students for Spring Awards based on their outstanding academic and musical achievement in their major/department. The Spring Awards are small, partial-tuition merit awards ranging from $500-$5,000 that are targeted to high-achieving students nearing graduation.