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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier college of contemporary music, offers limited merit and need-based scholarships to prospective master’s students, so that the most gifted musicians from all over the world have the means to attend.

In order to qualify for Berklee scholarships and grants, students must submit a Berklee Master's Scholarship Application by the deadline. In addition, all U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents are required to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The financial information provided on the Master's Scholarship Application will be used along with the master’s program requirements to consider students for institutional grants and scholarships. The awards issued range in amount and are available to candidates demonstrating the highest musical and/or academic merit together with financial need. Only applicants accepted into a master's degree program will be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application and have been accepted to a master's program. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants who show strong potential for success. We review all aspects of your application to make scholarship decisions: the master's application, the scholarship application, the audition (for contemporary performance applicants), and the interview.

Available Scholarships

All applicants are eligible to apply for scholarships by submitting the Master's Scholarship Application. U.S. citizens and residents must also submit the FAFSA. Applicants who are accepted into a master's program and have completed the Master's Scholarship Application are automatically considered for the scholarships listed below.


Berklee General Scholarship

  • Eligibility: All master's applicants
  • Award Amount: Amount Varies, Multiple Awards

Awarded to outstanding applicants accepted to any master's program on the Valencia campus.

Berklee Alumni Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Berklee alumni
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to an outstanding Berklee undergraduate alumnus/a who has demonstrated excellence, exceptional talent, and outstanding achievement throughout their undergraduate studies.

Berklee International Network (BIN) Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Student, alumnus/a, or faculty from a BIN school
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to an outstanding student, alumnus/a, or faculty member from a Berklee International Network school.

Michel Camilo Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Master in Contemporary Performance applicant
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance.

Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Master in Contemporary Performance applicant
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance.

Alberto Iglesias Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Master in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games applicant
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to an outstanding Berklee undergraduate alumnus/a who has demonstrated excellence, exceptional talent, and outstanding achievement throughout their undergraduate studies.

Howard Shore Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Master in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games applicant
  • Award Amount: $18,000

Awarded to one gifted composer who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in scoring for film, television, and video games.

Endesa Foundation Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Latin American applicants from the countries listed below
  • Award Amount: Amount Varies, Multiple Awards

Awarded to gifted candidates from Latin America accepted to any of the Berklee master’s programs. Students must be from Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

Conexus Foundation Madrid Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Master in Contemporary Performance applicant from Madrid
  • Award Amount: $15,000

Awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance and who is from, or lives in, Madrid, Spain. Read more about the Conexus Foundation Scholarship here.

Scholarship Application

To be considered for institutional scholarships/grants, all candidates must submit the Master's Scholarship Application before the deadline. The Master's Scholarship Application can be found within your online application portal.

All U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents who apply for a Berklee scholarship are also required to file the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Non U.S. international applicants are not eligible to file the FAFSA and should only complete the Berklee Master's Scholarship Application in order to be considered for any kind of financial assistance.

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Early Action

  • Master's Scholarship Application deadline: December 1, 2014
  • Audition*/Interview Deadline: February 1, 2015
  • Scholarship decisions issued: March 1, 2015

Regular Action

  • Master's Scholarship Application deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Audition*/Interview Deadline: April 1, 2015
  • Scholarship decisions issued: May 1, 2015

*Auditions only apply to contemporary performance master’s applicants. Interviews apply to all applicants.

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact us at scholarshipsvalencia@berklee.edu or at + 34 96 333 2802, ext 3408

Financial Aid

Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens and Permanent U.S. Residents

Students who are U.S citizens or permanent U.S. residents may apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 under the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program. The $20,500 will be divided and distributed evenly across all three semesters. Interest will begin to accrue upon disbursement and the interest rate is fixed at 6.8 percent. The loan also has a 1% origination fee that is deducted proportionately each time that a loan disbursement is made. Interest rates and loan amounts are subject to change. Please check Federal Student Aid for the latest information.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents can complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. You will need to sign the form electronically using your PIN.  If you do not have a PIN, you can request one through www.pin.ed.gov.  Be sure to list Berklee College of Music, Federal School Code 002126.

If you provide your e-mail address when completing your FAFSA, you will receive information about your application within a few days of processing.  Please check the information for accuracy and follow any special instructions.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is comprised of direct costs and indirect costs. Direct Costs are part of the tuition bill and are paid to Berklee. Indirect Costs are not billed to students by Berklee, but are inherent with attending the program. Indirect costs are only an estimate and may vary.

For students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents receiving federal financial aid, the total cost of attendance reflects the maximum amount a student may receive for the length of the program. This includes all scholarships, federal loans and private loans.

2014-2015 Academic Year

Direct Costs Master's Programs (USD)
Tuition $36,990
Comprehensive Fee (fall only) $1,150
*Laptop (may be waived) $3,108
Indirect Costs
Housing $10,000
Food $7,700
Books $700
Transportation $2,000
Personal Expenses $2,000
Loan Fees $205
Total $63,853

If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, your awards or our policies, please contact us at financialaid@berklee.edu or at 1 800 BERKLEE, option #1.