Special Circumstances Appeal

Berklee students who are experiencing extenuating financial circumstances can appeal for federal or institutional need-based aid through the appeals process.*

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for domestic students who wish to appeal, while a CSS Profile is required for the college's international students who wish to appeal. Students who are already receiving Presidential or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible to receive institutional appeal funding as Berklee's institutional funding cannot exceed tuition charges.

*Berklee Online domestic undergraduate and Berklee Valencia graduate students are only eligible to submit an appeal for federal need-based funding.

Special Circumstances Appeal Process

Students who would like to appeal for federal or institutional funding should submit this form.

Every effort is made to assist students who demonstrate financial need. Please note that even with an approved appeal, the majority of students find it necessary to utilize other forms of funding to meet their costs, so you are encouraged to develop a sound financial plan that you can implement regardless of the outcome of your appeal. The Office of Student Financial Services is here to assist you as you explore your options to finance your Berklee education. You can contact us at via email at financialaid@berklee.edu and by phone at 617-747-2274.