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Tuition and Financial Aid
Online degree tuition is $59,160* for 120 credits for all majors except the guitar major. Tuition for the guitar major is $63,660. Students taking 10 courses per year can complete the degree in four years at a cost of $14,790 per year. Individual courses cost $1,479*. Our degree programs also include a $75 application fee and a one-time comprehensive fee of $350. Guitar majors will also be charged a $500 private lesson fee for each private lesson course.
Full Time Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance comprises charges billed directly to the student by Berklee Online as well as indirect costs that go along with attending school. For students receiving financial aid, the total cost of attendance reflects the maximum amount you can receive in scholarships, grants, and loans. Students attending full-time can complete the degree in 10 semesters (three years).
ALL MAJORS EXCEPT GUITAR
|Required Charges||Tuition (based on 12 credits a semester for 3 semesters a year)||$17,388||$17,748|
|One-time Comprehensive Fee||$350||$350|
|Estimated Indirect Costs||Books and/or Software||$600||$600|
GUITAR MAJOR ONLY
|Required Charges||Tuition (based on 14 credits a semester for 3 semesters a year)||$20,706|
|One-time Comprehensive Fee||$350|
|Private Lesson Fee ($500 per course)**||$1500|
|Estimated Indirect Costs||Books and/or Software||$600|
|Total (Guitar Major only)||$23,200|
Indirect costs are expenses related to going to school that will not appear on a student's bill. We estimate an average of $644 per year will be needed for indirect costs for a full-time student.
Table of Charges*
|Application Fee (non-refundable)||$75||$75|
|Tuition per course||$1,449||$1,479|
|One-time Comprehensive Entering Student Fee (non-refundable)||$350||$350|
|Late payment fee||$150||$150|
|Private Lesson Fee - Guitar Majors only**||-||$500|
*Tuition and fees are subject to change.
**Students pursuing the Guitar Major are required to complete 9 levels of private lessons. Each private lesson is 2 credits. A $500 private lesson fee will be charged for each level.
Students providing proof of military status are eligible for a reduction in tuition.
There is a $150 late payment fee assessed per semester by the finance department for all payments submitted after the tuition due date.
The one-time comprehensive fee is a one-time fee charged to all entering students. The fee is assessed to cover costs associated with supporting online learning technology that augments the students’ academic experience.
Financial Aid for Degree Programs
Berklee Online degree students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply for Federal Financial Aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who submit the FAFSA will be reviewed for Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loan eligibility.
How to Apply
Beginning January 1, 2016 for the Fall 2016 term submit the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. Students interested in our Summer term must submit the 2015-2016 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. You will need to create an FSA ID to confirm your identity and to electronically sign your FAFSA application. Note: If you were using a PIN to sign the FAFSA before, you will be prompted to create an FSA ID. If you do not have an FSA ID, you can request one before you fill out your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to list Berklee College of Music, Federal School Code 002126.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial assistance for your Berklee Online education is available from a variety of sources, including federal awards, outside scholarships, and private loans. Funding from any one source is limited, so we encourage you to familiarize yourself with all of your options and be aware of deadlines. Financial Aid is designed to supplement your family’s contribution to your education.
Federal Aid Programs
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed in order for a student to qualify for federal student aid assistance. The evaluation is “need-based” and determined by several factors including student/parent income, student/parent assets, number of family members in the household, and number of children in college (to name a few). Some students will be selected for a process called “verification” which requires the college to collect tax information to verify what has been submitted on the FAFSA.
Once the application has been evaluated, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which will show the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and this will be used to determine a student’s eligibility for aid.
Federal Student Loans
Federal Direct Student Loans (FDSL) are low-interest loans that help eligible students cover the cost of higher education and do not require credit-worthiness. Please note that if a student enrolls in six (6) credits or less in a given term, s/he may no longer be eligible to receive federal aid. A Federal Direct Student Loan may be subsidized or unsubsidized:
Subsidized Federal Loans: Interest on subsidized loans does not accrue while a student is actively enrolled in a degree program. Subsidized federal student loans are awarded to those students who demonstrate financial need.
Unsubsidized Federal Loans: Interest on unsubsidized loans begins accruing upon disbursement and continues through the full life of the loan.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on a review of the FAFSA, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and enrollment status. This award does not need to be paid back and is considered “gift aid."
Federal Parent Loans
Parents of dependent students can take out loans to supplement their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met. In addition to the FAFSA, the process involves an application and credit assessment. The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a credit-based loan that allows parents to borrow money to cover any costs not already covered by the student's financial aid package, up to the full cost of attendance. There is no cumulative limit. Parents have the option of deferring repayment on Parent PLUS loans while the undergraduate student on whose behalf they borrowed the PLUS loan is in-school and for a six-month grace period after the student graduates or drops below full-time enrollment.
Alternative Loan Options
Alternative loans help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the other financial resources you have. Alternative loans are offered by private lenders (banks/credit unions) and are credit-based with variable interest rates. Berklee College of Music will process a loan from any lender, and it is your right to apply for loans through the lender of your choice without penalty. The college is in no way affiliated with, nor do we accept any benefits from, private loan lenders. We recommend certain lenders on our ELM Select website based on the choices of students or their families for whom loans were processed in the previous two years.
Overlapping Financial Aid
Federal aid received at another institution can impact the amount of federal aid that a student may receive at Berklee Online. Per federal regulations, Berklee participates in the federal transfer monitoring process whereby the U.S. Department of Education may take up to 90 days into the start of a student’s first term to notify Berklee that the student has federal aid awarded at another institution that overlaps into his or her enrollment dates at Berklee.
The Office of Student Financial Services may not be able to make an initial award offer to a student or may have to cancel aid that has already been awarded if we receive information that the student has applied for and/or received federal aid at another institution for an overlapping period. For example, if the loan period at the student’s prior institution ends even one day after his or her start quarter at Berklee, the student has an overlapping period and we must deduct aid received at the other institution from the student’s annual eligibility at Berklee.
Financial Aid Resource: SALT
SALT is a program brought to you by the nonprofit American Student Assistance (ASA), and available to Berklee Online degree students and alumni for free. SALT helps students and alumni stay on track with student loan payments by offering free student loan advice and tips on finding a job after graduation. Create an account and select Berklee College of Music as your school to take advantage of this free financial planning resource.
About Military Benefits
Berklee Online offers a tuition discount to all military students, including both active duty military and veterans. For information about benefits offered by your specific branch, visit Berklee Online's Military Benefits Overview page.
The web pages below contain helpful information for both prospective and current students.
The US Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center’s College Scorecards make it easier to find the right college for you. You can use the College Scorecard to learn more about a college’s affordability and value in order to make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
The College Navigator webpage allows prospective and current students to research general information, tuition, fees, estimated student expenses, financial aid, enrollment and admissions statistics, retention and graduation rates, accreditation, and various additional information for colleges across the United States.
The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet webpage provides students, families, and institutions with resources and background about the development and adoption of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. The “Shopping Sheet” was previously known as the “Model Financial Aid Offer Form” and “Know Before You Owe.”
The Paying for College webpage is helpful in making informed financial decisions about paying for college.
Employer Tuition Assistance
Some companies or schools will pay the tuition for their employee to take a course or program. Please contact a representative within your company or school district to learn more about this benefit.
Tuition assistance forms or a purchase order from a school or employer may be accepted. The tuition assistance form or purchase order needs to include the following items:
- Student's name
- Course or courses covered
- Tuition amount covered
- Term and dates covered
- Name and address where invoices will be sent
- Student signature if applicable
Tuition assistance forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 617-747-2149, or mailed to:
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Attn: Finance Department
These forms must be received by the end of the enrollment period of the upcoming term. After reviewing the forms submitted, if they are approved, the amount the employer is paying will be applied to the tuition and fees due. If there is a balance remaining the student will be responsible for paying this amount prior to the start of the course. Once this balance is paid, you will be officially enrolled in the course. You will receive an email that your enrollment has been approved.
The student will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by their employer. Student services could be suspended for failure to pay tuition in a timely manner. Questions should be sent to the Finance Department at email@example.com. We are also available to help you at 1-866-BERKLEE or 1-617-747-2146 if outside the US, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., US Eastern Time.
*Tuition assistance can only be used for tuition and registration fees. Tuition assistance cannot be used for books or required software.
Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs
What exactly is financial aid?
Financial aid is typically need-based funds that help students pay for college. The Office of Financial Aid at Berklee primarily awards federal grants and loans.
How do I receive financial aid?
Domestic students should fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) online at fafsa.ed.gov.
When is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
To be considered for federal student aid for the 2016-2017 award year, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting January 1, 2016. We recommend students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Will financial aid cover all of my tuition bill?
Students should be prepared to supplement their financial aid package with out-of-pocket payments and/or private loans.
When will I be awarded?
Students who complete their application or admissions by the posted deadlines and have applied for financial aid will receive their financial aid award with their acceptance.
How much does it cost to attend Berklee Online for one year (three semesters)?
The cost to attend Berklee Online is $17,388 per three semesters of study for the 2015-2016 academic year, assuming a four-course, full-time load per semester. For the 2016-2017 academic year the cost will be $17,748. The cost for students pursuing the guitar major is $20,706. Guitar major students will also be charged a $500 private lesson fee for each level of private lesson. Your eligibility for financial aid funds is determined by your estimated family contribution (EFC) as shown at the bottom of your FAFSA application. The Cost of Attendance is composed of both direct costs, i.e. charges that will appear on your student account, such as tuition and fees—and indirect costs that are simply estimates, such as books.
Does Berklee Online offer a payment plan?
To meet the needs of our students, we offer a flexible payment plan each semester administered by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). This plan can be utilized throughout the Degree program and allows students and families to spread payments throughout the semester beyond the tuition due date. The first installment is due upon enrollment in the plan, along with an enrollment fee of $25. To enroll, please visit berkleeonline.afford.com . Additionally, students can contact TMS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-722-4867 (or 401-921-3999 outside the U.S. and Canada).
I am an international student entering Berklee Online for the first time. Can I apply for financial aid?
Federal financial aid is reserved for US Citizens and permanent residents. For information regarding international loan options please visit Edupass.org
How do I apply for private scholarships?
The Office of Financial Aid recommends that you research private scholarships that you may qualify for.
How often will I need to apply for financial aid?
You must renew your FAFSA annually. For the 2017/2018 year, FAFSA applications will be available October 1, 2016.
Do I have to wait until I have completed my tax return to submit the FAFSA?
If you have not yet completed your tax return by the Office of Student Financial Services's recommended FAFSA filing date of March 14, you should still apply. The FAFSA allows you (and your parents) to estimate income information until returns have been completed. Once you have filed your taxes, update your FAFSA by submitting corrections to the Department of Education. Instructions on how to do this will be automatically sent to you by the Department of Education when they process your FAFSA.
Is there a specific family income cutoff for receiving need-based financial aid?
No. Need-based financial aid is based on a formula legislated by Congress that includes many factors besides income.
What should I do if I need more information?
Financial aid staff and counselors are always available to help. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at (617) 747-2274 or email@example.com with any questions they may have.