Special Circumstances Appeal

Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee NYC students who are experiencing extenuating financial circumstances can appeal for 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.

Special Circumstances Appeal Process

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

Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee NYC students who appeal for institutional aid will have the following factors considered during the committee review:

  • Family financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA or CSS Profile
  • Any previous family borrowing history
  • Your current aid package
  • Academic performance
  • Semester in school (continuing students only)
  • Audition and interview results (entering students only)
  • Appeal letter
  • Any supporting documentation

Note that Berklee Online students are not eligible to appeal for institutional aid.

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.

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