First Year Abroad: Tuition, Fees, and Funding

Tuition and Related Costs

These costs represent the total tuition and related costs for one year of undergraduate education at Berklee for students attending First Year Abroad. First Year Abroad is a full-time degree program that lasts for two semesters: fall and spring. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Required charges and optional charges are charged directly to you on your tuition bill. Indirect costs are an estimate of associated travel and living costs, and vary depending on each student's individual situation and preferences.

Tuition and Fees for the 2019/2020 Academic Year

Tuition Deposit
The tuition deposit is credited toward tuition charges in the first semester of attendance.
See Paying your Tuition Deposit
Berklee Tuition
Tuition is same as in Boston.
See Tuition Payment Methods
Berklee Comprehensive Fee
Fee is same as in Boston
Primary Health Insurance 
Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students must enroll in Berklee's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or waive it by demonstrating comparable coverage. See Health and Travel Insurance for more information.
See cost for Berklee's SHIP.
First Year Abroad Program Fee
Fee includes MAPFRE health insurance, student orientation, and cultural activities.
Housing is required for all students. Cost is per semester. Read about housing.
$3,380/semester (double room) $4,998/semester (single room)
Mandatory Entering Student Software and Hardware Package
The software package is purchased directly from Berklee.

Miscellaneous Costs

Mandatory Laptop Computer
Students must bring their own laptop that meets the requirements for entering students.
$1,000 - $2,000
Passport Fee
Fee varies depending on the type of service requested and passport country.
$0 - $210
Student Visa Fee
Fee varies depending on country of citizenship.
$0 - $160

Tuition Insurance

As a supplement to the University Refund Policy, we also offer a Tuition Insurance program through Liberty Mutual Insurance which provides 100% reimbursement of all insured tuition, room and board, and some fees. Coverage includes withdrawal due to illness, injury, mental health issues and other reasons. Visit the Tuition Insurance page to learn more.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment.

Cost of attendance for 2019/2020 includes charges billed directly to you by Berklee and indirect costs that go along with attending the college. Your total financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study) cannot exceed your total cost of attendance.

Tuition (per year)$44,360
Fees (per year)
Comprehensive Fee
First Year Abroad Program Fee
Housing (per semester)*
See housing options
Double room: $3,380
Single room: $4,998
Software Package (per year)$1,325
Meals (per year)*
Depending if you buy your food on your own or get a meal plan at the residence.
Personal expenses (per year)$1,410
Transportation (per year)$2,400
Books (per year)$474
*Loan fees (per year)$44
Total costs (per year)
Including required, optional, and indirect charges.
*Calculated using an average of housing and meal costs.

Required Charges

Required charges include directly billed charges, which include tuition and fees.

Indirect Charges

Indirect costs are expenses related to going to college that will not appear on your bill.

Students and families must arrange and pay for all travel to and from Berklee. In addition, students should plan to arrive on campus with sufficient funds to cover the costs of books and incidental expenses. Review the chart for the details on estimated costs of transportation, Federal Stafford Loans, and other items.

For more detailed costs relating to the current academic year, please visit the First Year Abroad Tuition and Fees page.

Financial Aid

Paying for Your Education

All domestic and international applicants to Berklee's full-time degree or diploma programs will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships through our admissions process.

You and your family can begin the process of applying for need-based financial aid at Berklee by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application will gather information about your family's financial situation and enable you to be considered for a range of federal, state, and institutional funding.

File Your FAFSA

The FAFSA is required for citizens and permanent residents of the United States who wish to apply for federal student aid, including federal grants and loans.
Use Berklee's federal school code—002126—when you complete the online application at the Federal Student aid website.


Our FAFSA deadline is the same as the admissions deadlines:

  • Early Action is November 1st
  • Regular Decision is January 15th

Prospective students should not wait for an admissions decision before completing the financial aid process.