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.
How to Apply
In order to apply for a Berklee scholarship, students must submit the Berklee Graduate Scholarship Application by the deadline. You will receive a link to the scholarship application by email after your graduate program application is complete and submitted via apply.berklee.edu.
Scholarship Application Deadlines
- Early action deadline: November 10, 2016
- Regular action deadline: February 10, 2017
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.
The scholarships awarded vary in amount and are awarded to candidates demonstrating the highest musical and/or academic merit together with financial need. 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.
Students who 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.
Available Berklee Scholarships
All applicants who apply for a scholarship will automatically be considered for all scholarships listed below, depending on eligibility.
Berklee General Scholarship
- Eligibility: All master's degree applicants
- Award Amount: Amount Varies, Multiple Awards
Awarded to outstanding applicants accepted to any master's degree 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.
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.
Caja Canarias Scholarship
- Eligibility: Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) applicant born in, or resident of the Canary Islands
- Award Amount: Full scholarship
Awarded to one gifted artist who is accepted to the Berklee master’s degree program in contemporary performance (production concentration) and who was born or lives in the Canary Islands, Spain. Read more about the Caja Canarias Beca de Estudio here.
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.
See Outside Graduate Scholarships List
If you are looking to get involved with the Berklee community while earning some compensation, you may want to consider applying for a graduate assistant or campus services position.
Being a graduate assistant is a great opportunity for professional and educational growth. The graduate assistant and campus services positions on Berklee’s campus in Valencia provide opportunities for you to provide services part time on campus, thereby helping you to meet some of your living expenses. Positions range from 10 to 15 hours per week, and compensation runs from 8 to 10 euros per hour (gross).
Many departments at Berklee use graduate assistants to help with operational, technical, and administrative tasks. You could become a production assistant, assist with the technical maintenance of Berklee’s state-of-the-art recording facilities, get involved in the admissions process, or help run the social media and marketing efforts on campus. These are just a few of the opportunities available that can help broaden and develop your set of skills while you are enrolled full time at the college.
Who Can Apply
All confirmed students are eligible to apply. Selection is based primarily on your experience and suitability for a particular position.
How to Apply
Confirmed students will receive an email in the summer prior to orientation with details on all of the available positions and a link to the application. Students must complete the application and send in any required documents. Successful candidates will be chosen from the pool of interested applicants based on their ability to meet the qualifications outlined in the descriptions for each position.
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 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.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
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.
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.
2016-2017 Academic Year (Valencia Campus)
|*Laptop (may be waived)||$3,186|
|Room and Board||$16,759|
If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, your awards or our policies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1 800 BERKLEE, option #1.