Undergraduate Degree Admissions Information
Tuition and Financial Aid
Online undergraduate degree tuition is $60,600* ($61,800 starting in September 2023) for 120 credits for all undergraduate majors except the guitar, piano, and voice majors. Tuition for the Guitar, Piano, and Voice Performance majors is $65,100 ($66,300 starting in September 2023). Students taking 10 courses per year can complete the degree in four years at a cost of $15,150 ($15,450 starting in September 2023) per year. Individual courses cost $1,515 ($1,545 starting in September 2023). Our degree programs also include a $75 application fee and a one-time comprehensive fee of $350. Guitar, Piano, and Voice Performance majors will also be charged a $500 private lesson fee for each private lesson course.
On This Page:
Undergraduate Degree Tuition Costs
Federal Financial Aid
Types of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Policies and Procedures
Other Aid Opportunities
Financial aid staff and counselors are always available to help. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the financial aid team at 1-617-747-6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions they may have.
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).
Itemization of Charges for All Majors*
||Current||Sept 2023 Onward|
|Admission Application Fee (non-refundable)||$75||$75|
|Tuition per course||$1,515||$1,545|
|One-time Comprehensive Entering Student Fee (non-refundable)||$350||$350|
All Majors Except Guitar, Piano, and Voice Performance
||Current||Sept 2023 Onward|
|Required Charges||Tuition (based on 12 credits a semester for 3 semesters a year)||$18,180||$18,540|
|One-time Comprehensive Fee||$350||$350|
Guitar, Piano, and Voice Performance Majors Only
||Current||Sept 2023 Onward|
|Required Charges||Tuition (based on 14 credits a semester for 3 semesters a year)||$21,210||$21,630|
|One-time Comprehensive Fee||$350||$350|
|Private Lesson Fee ($500 per course)**||$1,500||$1,500|
Indirect costs are expenses related to going to school that will not appear on a student's bill.
|Estimated Indirect Costs
|Books and/or Software||$645|
|Room & Board||$8,205|
*Tuition and fees are subject to change.
**Students pursuing the Guitar, Piano, or Voice Performance major are required to complete 9 levels of private lessons. Each private lesson is 2 credits with a $1,010 ($1,030 starting in Fall 2023) tuition charge per course. A $500 private lesson fee will be charged in addition to tuition 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.
Berklee Online Degree Tuition Payment Plan Policy
As a courtesy to our degree students, we offer a flexible payment plan each semester through our partner Nelnet Campus Commerce (Nelnet). This plan allows students and families to pay their tuition and fees in smaller installments. The plan requires a $25 enrollment fee and a deposit of one-third of the payment plan balance upon enrollment as well as automatic payments for subsequent installments.
To enroll, please log in to your student account navigate to the Financial Information menu and select Student Finance. First, you will create a Nelnet account. Then, you will select Set up a Payment Plan. If a family member or sponsor is paying on your behalf, you can select Add an Authorized Party, and your payer will receive an invitation to create a Nelnet account.
Federal Financial Aid
Berklee Online undergraduate degree students who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for federal financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an online application used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, including federal grants, loans, and some state funds.
All students should plan ahead and develop a sound financial plan that they can implement regardless of the outcome of their federal financial aid application. Federal financial aid is designed to supplement your own contribution to your education, and the more sources of funding you have available the more successful you will be in financing your entire degree program.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Log in to studentaid.gov to begin filling out your application. You can also fill out and submit the FAFSA using the myStudentAid app for iOS.
Use Berklee’s federal school code—002126—when prompted. For assistance with completing the FAFSA, please contact the studentaid.gov Student Support Center or their Customer Service at 1-800-433-3243.
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Types of Financial Aid
The Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)* are federal grants awarded to eligible undergraduate degree students with high financial need who have not already earned an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree.
A student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is an automatic calculation, based on tax and income information, that is used to determine Federal Pell Grant eligibility. Please note that a student’s EFC and Federal Pell Grant amount can change during the file review and verification process.
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on your course load in a given semester, and may not be available to eligible students who enroll in less than a half-time course load (6 credits).
*Note that the FSEOG is a limited fund, issued based on fund availability, with preference given to students who file their FAFSA early and demonstrate high need.
Any degree student who files a FAFSA (and is a US citizen or permanent resident) will be automatically considered for federal loan eligibility. There are two types of federal loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Both are considered self-help financial aid that must be paid back with interest.
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan: This is a loan for which the government pays the interest while you are in school, during grace periods, and during any deferment periods.
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: This is a loan for which you are responsible for paying all the interest that accrues from the date of the first disbursement until the loan is paid in full.
These loans are available to eligible US citizens or permanent residents attending at least half time (6 credits) in an undergraduate degree program. Students who enroll in less than half time (5 credits or less) will not be eligible to receive federal loans. Loan amounts do not increase if a student is enrolled in more than six credits.
After being awarded, first-time borrowers of federal loans must complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) and an Entrance Counseling session in order to be eligible for the loans.
To determine estimated payback amounts, you can use a repayment calculator. Please note that the amount of repayment depends on the type of loan you received, the amount you borrowed, the interest rate, and the length of the repayment plan.
Federal PLUS Loan
If you are the parent of a dependent undergraduate student, or you are a graduate student, and have completed a FAFSA with Berklee you can be considered for Federal PLUS loan eligibility by applying on the Student Federal Aid site. Independent undergraduate students are not eligible for the Federal PLUS loan.
Federal PLUS loans often help cover the gap after any FAFSA-based funds are applied. These programs are offered by the U.S. Department of Education and (relative to some private loan lenders) offer lower interest rates. Borrowers must pass a credit check, although the Federal PLUS loan’s credit check is less stringent than other lenders. Students must be enrolled half-time in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible to receive a PLUS loan. Students who enroll in less than half-time (5 credits or less) are not eligible to receive any federal loans.
Please familiarize yourself with the current federal loan interest rates.
First-time borrowers of federal loans must complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) and an Entrance Counseling session in order to be eligible for the loans. Borrowers who have initially been denied a PLUS loan may also be required to complete PLUS Loan Credit Counseling.
Financial Aid Policies and Procedures
Undergraduate degree students will have their total yearly federal financial aid evenly divided between a maximum of three semesters of study in an academic year. Berklee Online undergraduate degree students are awarded federal financial aid assuming a half-time (6 credit) course load. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits to be eligible to receive federal loans, and no additional federal loan amounts are awarded beyond 6 credits.
*Berklee Online academic years run from fall of one year to summer of the next, for four total semesters. Starting your program in Winter, Spring, or Summer makes your academic year and distribution of aid three, two, and one semesters respectively (see illustration below).
Aid Distribution Based on Start Date - Undergraduate
Maximum Federal Aid Limits
Students who are continuing their education and have previously borrowed federal loans should log into National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDS) to ensure they are within their lifetime Pell Grant and loan limits. If you are close to your limits, please develop a sound financial plan to meet your costs. Students who are close to or meeting their lifetime limits will be notified by the Office of Student Financial Services once the FAFSA is received and file review completed.
Students who are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree will not be able to utilize federal student loans, and may have limited to no federal pell grant eligibility. Alternative loans may be an option, but we encourage you to explore all other financing methods.
Maintaining Federal Financial Aid Eligibility
To remain eligible for federal financial aid in a semester, undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits that fulfill requirements of their degree program and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines. Students who fall below 6 credits, or enroll in courses outside of their degree requirements, will not be eligible for federal financial aid for that semester, need to completeExit Counseling, and may go into loan repayment.
Graduate students must be enrolled at least 3 credits in a semester and meet the graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines to remain eligible for federal financial aid.
Learn more about Federal Financial Aid.
Students who previously attended another college or university will need to submit those official transcripts to Berklee Online as part of the application process. In the event that a student does not submit all transcripts and the FAFSA is flagged for Unusual Enrollment History, the Office of Student Financial Services will need to obtain those missing transcripts before the file review can commence and further aid eligibility be determined.
The U.S. Department of Education or Berklee may select certain FAFSA records for a process called verification. If your FAFSA record is selected, there are additional financial aid requirements necessary to verify the accuracy of the FAFSA information and confirm your financial aid eligibility. You will be notified if you have been selected for verification by the Department of Education in the Student Aid Report (SAR) after you file your FAFSA. These requirements typically include tax and wage information, but other documents might be necessary to complete verification.
It is important to provide any requested documents as quickly as possible to ensure the timely processing of your aid.
Students who are selected for verification will have their verification processed by our partner, Inceptia. Please click here for more detailed information on the Berklee verification process.
Berklee is required to send a notice of exit counseling to all students who have received a subsidized, unsubsidized, or PLUS loan under the Direct Loan Program or the FFEL Program and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Drop below half-time enrollment in a semester
- Leave school or do not otherwise enroll
- Fully withdraw from a semester
Exit counseling provides important information to prepare you to repay your federal student loan(s).
Loan repayment generally begins after a six month grace period. If you re-enroll in school at least half time before your six month grace period expires, you will not go into repayment and your grace period will reset.
Other Aid Opportunities
Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Select your state to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency.
Alternative Loan Options
Many private lenders offer educational loans to students and families to assist with bridging the gap between your available resources and your total educational costs. These loans are credit-based, with variable interest rates, and should be considered as a last resort once all other sources of funding have been exhausted. You can explore these loans on ELM Select, and Credible, which contain a curated list of lenders that our students have borrowed from over the last two years. Berklee is no way affiliated with, nor accepts gifts or benefits from, any private loan lenders.
Employer Tuition Assistance
Some companies or schools will pay the tuition for their employees 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
- Semester and dates covered
- Name and address where invoices will be sent
Student signature if applicable
Tuition assistance forms can be emailed to email@example.com.
These forms must be received by the end of the enrollment period of the upcoming semester. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also available to help you at 1-866-BERKLEE or 1-617-747-2146 if outside the US, Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, US Eastern Time.
*Tuition assistance can only be used for tuition and registration fees. Tuition assistance cannot be used for books or required software.
Financial Aid FAQs
Students and parents will report calendar year 2021 income tax information on the 2023–2024 FAFSA.
Year 2020 tax information is used for the 2022–2023 FAFSA.
In order to speed up your file review timeline, we strongly recommend that students and parents use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax information directly into the FAFSA.
You have the right to cancel your federal loans before they are disbursed, or within 14 days of being notified of disbursement. Please submit a loan declination form to cancel your federal loans.
Most private loan lenders have a 30- or 60-day deadline for sending either all or part of a loan back. Once you are outside this window, the parent or student may be responsible for loan fees, several payments, and any interest that has accrued. We recommend that you check with your lender before signing your loan agreement to clarify their return-of-funds policy.
You will receive communication and instructions from Inceptia and/or Berklee if you are selected for verification or if additional information is needed.
To remain eligible for federal student aid, undergraduate students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a semester. Graduate students must be enrolled in 3 credits to be eligible for federal aid.
Students who graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time will need to complete exit counseling and may go into loan repayment.
Berklee Online students do not need registrar approval for part-time enrollment, but should speak with their academic advisor regarding their semester course load, and to ensure registered courses count towards the completion of their degree.
Per federal regulations, students who receive Title IV federal financial aid and who fully withdraw from all classes in a semester on or before the 60 percent point in the semester (in calendar days) are entitled to keep only the portion of Title IV federal student aid that they have earned to that point. If a student who is receiving federal financial aid withdraws after the 60 percent point of the semester, that student is considered to have earned all of the federal student aid for that semester.
Students who partially withdraw from the semester will not have their aid impacted.
If you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time, you are required to complete exit counseling. This can be done online at https://studentaid.gov/.
For more information about these and other financial aid related topics, consult the Policy Handbook for Students.Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information on the withdrawal policy.
For the purposes of federal financial aid, students are considered dependent on their parents until they are 24 years of age, regardless of financial support. There are circumstances, however, when a student under the age of 24 may be considered independent.
The student can be considered independent if they:
- are married;
- are providing more than half the support for their child;
- are living with and providing more than half the support for somebody else;
- are in a master’s or doctorate program;
- are an orphan or a ward of the court (at any time since age 13);
- are currently serving on active duty in the US armed forces for purposes other than training;
- are a veteran of the US armed forces;
- are an emancipated minor, as determined by the state of their legal residence;
- are or were in legal guardianship, as determined by a court in the student’s state of legal residence;
- have been declared an unaccompanied youth who is homeless by their high school or school district (on or after July 1, 2008);
- have been declared an unaccompanied youth who is homeless by a director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the US Department of Housing (on or after July 1, 2008); or,
- have been declared an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or was self-supporting and at risk of being homeless by the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program (on or after July 1, 2008).
Verification documentation will be requested if a student claims any of these circumstances. Students who don’t fall into the above circumstances can be declared independent only in extreme circumstances.
In order to remain eligible for federal student aid, all Berklee students are required to consistently meet or exceed satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards each semester.
Berklee Online Undergraduate students have different SAP policies, so please be sure to familiarize yourself with the information for your program.
You must be a degree-seeking student at Berklee Online to be eligible to use federal financial aid. However, certificate students might be eligible for veterans' benefits and private loans.
To meet the needs of our students, we offer a flexible payment plan each semester through our partner Nelnet Campus Commerce (Nelnet). 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 plan requires a $25 enrollment fee and a deposit of one-third of the payment plan balance upon enrollment as well as automatic payments for subsequent installments.
To enroll, please log in to your student account navigate to the Financial Information menu and select Student Finance. Then, select Monthly Tuition Payment Plan.
First, you will create a Nelnet account. Then, you will select Set up a Payment Plan. If a family member or sponsor is paying on your behalf, you can select Add an Authorized Party, and your payer will receive an invitation to create a Nelnet account.
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