Military

Berklee Online is honored to serve service members, veterans, and their families, and is here to support the success of your educational and professional goals.

Service Members

Berklee College of Music complies with Readmission Requirements for Service Members as outlined in Section 484C of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 1965 (HEOA). The HEOA provides that an institution may not deny readmission to a service member of the uniformed services for reasons relating to that service. In addition, a student who is readmitted under this section must be readmitted with the same academic status the student had when they last attended the institution. Academic status is defined by a student’s grade level, and whether or not the student was in a degree or non-degree/certificate program at the time of separation.

This policy applies to service in the military branches, whether voluntary or involuntary, on active duty in the Armed Forces, including service as a member of the National Guard or Reserve, for a period of more than 30 days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 days. Berklee College of Music will readmit such a student as long as the following conditions are met:

  • The student gives advance notice (written or verbal) of the call to active duty or, upon seeking readmission, submits a written verification that such service was performed, requiring their absence.
    • Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory students should provide this verification to the Berklee Financial Aid Department via email at onestop@berklee.edu.
    • Berklee Online students should provide this verification to the Berklee Online Military Affairs Team via email at military@online.berklee.edu.
  • The absence from school for active duty does not exceed five years.
  • The student submits a notification of intent to reenroll within three years after the completion of service or within two years after recovery from an illness or injury incurred during service.
  • The student’s separation from service was not dishonorable.

Tuition and Fees

A returning student will be charged the same tuition and fees in effect during the last academic year the student attended Berklee College of Music, unless veterans’ education benefits or other service member education benefits will pay the amount in excess. Returning students lock in their old rate for the year they return only. For subsequent academic years, the returning student may not be charged tuition and fees in excess of what other students in the program are charged.

Readmission Requirements

A returning student will be permitted to reenroll in the next class(es) scheduled in the same academic program, unless the student requests a later date of reenrollment or agrees to a different program. A returning student will be readmitted into the same academic program the student was enrolled in prior to the military service obligation. If the exact Berklee College of Music program no longer exists, the student must be admitted to the program that is most similar, unless the student requests or agrees to admission to a different program. Returning students will be reenrolled with the same enrollment status, number of completed credit hours, and academic standing as the last academic year of attendance.

If Berklee College of Music determines that a returning student is not prepared to resume the program or is unable to complete the program, Berklee College of Music must make reasonable efforts to enable the student to resume or complete the program at no additional costs to the student. If such efforts are unsuccessful or place an undue hardship on Berklee College of Music, the college is not required to readmit the student.

In accordance with federal regulations, returning students who receive a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge from the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) are not eligible for readmission under this policy. However, service members who receive dishonorable or bad conduct discharge may remain eligible for readmission even though they will not be entitled to the benefits outlined in this policy. The returning student may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a government benefit offered to service members of all branches of the Armed Forces to assist with the cost of tuition. Here you will find information on the general processes to request TA as well as policies for utilizing Military Tuition Assistance. Berklee Online offers a 30% military tuition reduction to all military students. For service members who use tuition assistance, the reduction will be applied once one of the following documents is received: Military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), current military orders, or an approved tuition assistance voucher.

The process for requesting Tuition Assistance is the same for all branches of the military (with ArmyIgnitED as an exception, and is outlined in the steps below. Please see the branch sections below for specific information regarding the type of military Tuition Assistance you are using.

  1. Speak with your local Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your Military Service Branch prior to enrolling at Berklee College of Music. They should be aware of your degree path and academic goals before you apply for a degree program or pursue a certificate program at Berklee College of Music. They can also confirm your eligibility for Tuition Assistance at Berklee College of Music.
  2. Follow their instructions for how to request Tuition Assistance for your course(s). Take note of the timeframe in which you are able to request your TA.
  3. The military approves your TA request.
  4. Submit your Tuition Assistance authorization form to the Berklee Online Military Affairs Team for processing by email at military@online.berklee.edu. ArmyIgnitED students do not need to submit an authorization form once TA has been approved.
  5. The Berklee Online Military Affairs will post your anticipated TA funding to your account within 1-2 business days of receiving your form.

Branch Specific Procedures

Select your branch of the military below for more specific information relevant to the type of Tuition Assistance you will be using.

Army

Soldiers are authorized to participate in the Tuition Assistance program through the ArmyIgnitED website. They should follow the “Get Started” steps at ArmyIgnitED. Students must choose Berklee College of Music when creating an educational path. For questions about what specific educational path aligns with your certificate or degree program, please contact the Military Affairs Team.

Tuition assistance through the Army is only available to those students pursuing a degree or certificate program. Once you are registered for your semester courses the Military Affairs team will upload your course enrollments into the ArmyIgnited portal. This documentation may take time to submit, so please allow adequate time for processing.

What you need to know if you would like to use Military Tuition Assistance toward Berklee Online degree or certificate programs:
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your admissions advisor to determine the certificate you wish to pursue and register for courses.
  3. After you are registered for your courses, email the Military Affairs Team to request that your course enrollments be uploaded to ArmyIgnitED.
  4. Once you can view your course enrollments in ArmyIgnitED, request Tuition Assistance in this portal.
  5. The amount the Army is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Army.
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your Academic Advisor to register for courses.
  3. After you are registered for your courses, email the Military Affairs Team to request that your course enrollments be uploaded to ArmyIgnitED.
  4. Once you can view your course enrollments in ArmyIgnitED, request Tuition Assistance in this portal.
  5. The amount the Army is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Army.

Air Force

Air Force students must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center portal at https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec/public/welcome. Note that students must choose Berklee College of Music when completing their request for tuition assistance.

Tuition assistance through the Air Force is only available to those students pursuing a degree program. It is not available to students pursuing a certificate program.

Tuition Assistance Steps for Degree Programs:

  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your Academic Advisor to register for courses.
  3. If you require a degree plan or cost/course verification for your tuition assistance, contact the Military Affairs Team to request a signed copy.
  4. Submit your approved Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Military Affairs Team.
  5. The amount the Air Force is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Air Force.

Marines

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) offers financial assistance to service members who elect to pursue Off-Duty or Voluntary Education. For more information and to apply for tuition assistance, please visit U.S. Marine Corps Tuition Assistance. Note that students must choose Berklee College of Music when completing their request for tuition assistance.

Tuition assistance through the Marine Corps is only available to those students pursuing a degree or certificate program.
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your admissions advisor to determine the certificate you wish to pursue and register for courses.
  3. If you require a degree plan or cost/course verification for your tuition assistance, contact the Military Affairs Team to request a signed copy.
  4. Submit your approved Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Military Affairs Team.
  5. The amount the Marine Corps is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Marine Corps.
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your Academic Advisor to register for courses.
  3. If you require a degree plan or cost/course verification for your tuition assistance, contact the Military Affairs Team to request a signed copy.
  4. Submit your approved Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the military@online.berklee.edu Military Affairs Team.
  5. The amount the Marine Corps is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Marine Corps.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance assists eligible personnel—active duty, reserve, and civilian employees—in their professional development by providing funding for off-duty voluntary education courses to broaden their academic or Coast Guard technical background. For more information and to apply for tuition assistance please visit uscg.mil. Note that students must choose Berklee College of Music when completing their request for tuition assistance.

Tuition assistance through the Coast Guard is only available to those students pursuing a degree or certificate program.
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your admissions advisor to determine the certificate you wish to pursue and register for courses.
  3. If you require a degree plan or cost/course verification for your tuition assistance, contact the Military Affairs Team to request a signed copy.
  4. Submit your approved Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Military Affairs Team.
  5. The amount the Coast Guard is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Coast Guard.
  1. Submit the .
  2. Work with your Academic Advisor to register for courses.
  3. If you require a degree plan or cost/course verification for your tuition assistance, contact the Military Affairs Team to request a signed copy.
  4. Submit your approved Tuition Assistance authorization voucher to the Military Affairs Team.
  5. The amount the Coast Guard is paying will be applied to the tuition due as well as the military discount. An email will be sent to you once both have been applied to your student account. You will be responsible for any approved amount that is not paid by the Coast Guard.

Contact Military Affairs

(617) 747-2146 (Global) +1 (866) 237-5533 (U.S.) +0 (800) 092-0980 (U.K.)
(Use Ext. 5, option 2 for all)

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