Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier college of contemporary music, offers limited merit and need-based financial aid 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 listed below. 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.
Berklee offers two types of scholarships: general scholarships and named scholarships.
Berklee General Scholarships
All applicants are eligible to apply for a Berklee general scholarship by submitting the Master’s Scholarship Application. U.S. citizens and residents must also submit the FAFSA.
In order to qualify for a named scholarship, you must meet the requirements indicated below:
- Berklee Alumni Scholarship: 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: awarded to an outstanding student, alumnus/a, or faculty member from a Berklee International Network school.
- Michel Camilo Scholarship: awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance.
- Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship: awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance.
- Alberto Iglesias Scholarship: awarded to one gifted composer who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in scoring for film, television, and video games.
- Howard Shore Scholarship: 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: 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 Scholarship: awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s program in contemporary performance and who is from Madrid, Spain.
- Berklee Lollapalooza Chile Scholarship: awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to any of Berklee in Valencia’s master’s programs and who is from Chile*.
- Berklee Lollapalooza Brazil Scholarship: awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to any of Berklee in Valencia’s master’s programs and who is from Brazil*
* Application fee waived for citizens of Chile and Brazil.
Applying for a Scholarship
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.
Deadlines for scholarships are the same as admission application deadlines.
Master’s Scholarship Application deadline: December 16, 2013
Audition*/Interview Deadline: February 1, 2014
Scholarship decisions issued: March 1, 2014
Master’s Scholarship Application deadline: March 31, 2014
Audition*/Interview Deadline: May 1, 2014
Scholarship decisions issued: June 1, 2014
*Auditions only apply to contemporary performance master’s applicants. Interviews apply to all applicants.
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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
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents can complete the 2014-2015 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 U.S. residents and 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.
2013-2014 Academic Year
|Direct Costs||Master’s Programs (USD)|
|Comprehensive Fee (fall only)||$1,100|
|*Laptop (may be waived)||$3,172|
The laptop charge for 2013-2014 has yet to be determined. The cost reported here is for 2012-2013.
If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, your awards or our policies, please contact us at email@example.com or at 1 800 BERKLEE, option #1.