Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Aid Information

This page is a compilation of financial aid information and resources specific to higher education students and will be updated consistently; please check back often. 

CARES Act Funding

Berklee will be distributing $1.78 million allocated through the CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) over the next several weeks, with the goal of having all money distributed by June 1, 2020.

Who will receive the aid? 

An equal amount of the fund will go to each student who:

  • had a valid 2019–2020 FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Financial Services;
  • was eligible to receive federal student aid; and
  • was enrolled in Berklee College of Music, Berklee Valencia, or Boston Conservatory at Berklee campus–based courses in spring 2020.

To see if you had a 2019–2020 FAFSA on file, log in to NetPartner. If you do not have an existing account, click "First Time User." Once logged in, please be sure to select "2019/2020" from the "Current Award Year" drop-down menu on the top right of the page.

If you submitted a FAFSA form, it will be displayed on the home page under "Financial Aid Documents and Messages," marked with the status of "Received."

How do I receive the aid?

All eligible students will automatically receive the funds. There is no application necessary. Students can expect to receive approximately $700.

The easiest and quickest way for you to receive these funds is by electronic check refund. If you do not have this set up yet, see the FAQ for "How do I sign up for direct deposit?" for more information. This should be completed as soon as possible in order to receive your refund through this method.

Another option is to receive the funds as a paper check, but please make sure we have your correct address on file. Please see the FAQ for "Where will my check be mailed?" for more information.

Students who accept the funds are certifying that they incurred emergency expenses associated with the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. 

30-Day Fund Report: CARES HEERF Distribution and Reporting

Berklee College of Music signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education on April 23, 2020, for the HEERF Funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Berklee College of Music will use no less than 50 percent of the funds received, as stated under 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants directly to students.

As of June 12, 2020, Berklee College of Music has distributed $1,703,800 to 2,434 students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. As of March 13, the college had 2,462 on-campus students who were determined to be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

The college opted to give all eligible students an equal share of the funds, meaning each student received $700. Berklee reserved a small pool of money for students who had not yet, but could file a FAFSA before the June 30, 2020, deadline.

Berklee sent a notice to all eligible students asking them to opt out if they had not incurred expenses. All remaining students were sent either a direct deposit or were mailed a check.

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