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Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier college of contemporary music, offers $1.5 million in merit- and need-based scholarships to prospective graduate students on Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, so that the most gifted musicians from all over the world have the means to attend.
All applicants are eligible to apply for a Berklee General Scholarship. Some scholarships have specific eligibility requirements, which you can review in the list below.
In order to apply for a Berklee scholarship, students must submit the Berklee Graduate Scholarship Application by the deadline. The Berklee Graduate Scholarship Application will appear in the Next Steps section of your online portal once you submit your program application.
Scholarship Application Deadlines
In addition to applying for a scholarship from Berklee, we encourage all U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read more about applying for financial aid.
Berklee takes each applicant as a whole into consideration in making both merit- and need-based scholarship decisions. In order to consider you for all the scholarships you are eligible for, we review the information provided on your scholarship application along with your supporting materials and audition and/or interview results. We also may request additional documentation to verify the information provided.
Applicants receive a scholarship decision after acceptance into a master's degree program. Applicants not accepted to the program will not receive a scholarship decision.
The scholarships awarded vary in amount and are awarded to candidates demonstrating the highest musical and/or academic merit together with financial need.
Students who are accepted and enroll in the program and have received a scholarship will have their award divided equally into three parts and applied directly to each semester's tuition bill. Please note that scholarship awards may not be used to pay the tuition deposit or any other non–tuition-related costs.
Students who receive scholarships are required to meet a series of terms and conditions relating to attendance, academics, and conduct in order to keep their award during the academic year.
All applicants who apply for a scholarship will automatically be considered for all scholarships listed below, depending on eligibility.
Awarded to outstanding applicants accepted to any master's degree program on the Valencia campus.
Awarded to gifted musicians whose principal instrument is listed above and who are accepted to the Master's in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee's Valencia campus. They will have the opportunity to learn from faculty members such as bass legend Gary Willis, vibraphonist Victor Mendoza and percussionist Yoel Paez.
Awarded to female instrumentalists who are accepted to the Master's in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) at Berklee's Valencia campus. They will have the opportunity to learn from faculty members such as bass legend Gary Willis, vibraphonist Victor Mendoza and percussionist Yoel Paez.
Awarded to an outstanding Berklee undergraduate alumnus/a who has demonstrated excellence, exceptional talent, and outstanding achievement throughout their undergraduate studies.
We strive to support musicianship and leadership of women in the music industry and by awarding this scholarship, we aim to support outstanding candidates to thrive and contribute with their talent.
Awarded to one gifted woman who is accepted to the M.A. in Global Entertainment and Music Business.
Awarded to one gifted woman who is accepted to the M.M. in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games.
Awarded to one gifted woman who is accepted to the M.M. in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation.
Awarded to one gifted woman who is accepted to the M.M. in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration).
We realize the search for outside scholarships can be overwhelming. To help you with this process, our Boston campus has compiled a list of different opportunities and search engines outside of what Berklee offers. This is not a comprehensive list and we encourage each student to continue the search on his or her own.
Note that domestic means that you are from the United States, and international means you are from outside the United States.
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.
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 5.31 percent. The loan also has a 1 percent 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.
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Be sure to list Berklee College of Music and Federal School Code 002126. If you provide your email 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.
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.
Tuition costs for the 2020/2021 academic year can be found on the Tuition Fees and Payment section.
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.
If you have questions related to the opening of the campus in fall 2020 and the hybrid model that will be applied to all programs at that time, check the Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions section.
Regardless of your campus preference, all undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship through the audition and interview process. You may read more about scholarships here.
If it is a Berklee scholarship, please contact the Office of the Bursar in Valencia to verify the reason. If it is a scholarship from an outside organization, please gather any available paperwork detailing the award you are receiving and provide it to the Office of the Bursar in Valencia. Documents may be delivered in person or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a limited number of merit- and need-based scholarships to students accepted to graduate programs on the Valencia campus. Applicants need to apply for a scholarship through a form they will fill out. The Berklee Graduate Scholarship Application will appear in the Next Steps section of your online portal once you submit your program application.
Scholarship awards vary and the maximum award can amount to 90% of the tuition. Find more information about scholarships here. We also encourage you to consider additional financial sources and to research and apply to any external scholarship, grant, or loans as outside financial opportunities can also be used to finance your master's degree.