Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$43,744
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$42,113
$30k - $48k
$39,798
$48k - $75k
$46,390
$75k - $110k
$47,290
$110k+
$51,169
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$45,660
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$45,660
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$18,640
Books and Supplies
$474
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
65%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Aid Per Year
$19,384
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
17%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,394
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$20,327
Students receiving state aid
3%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$1,320
Students receiving federal aid
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,394
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$19,509
$30k - $48k
$21,522
$48k - $75k
$15,007
$75k - $110k
$12,553
$110k+
$11,564
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$31,590,585
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$31,703,052

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
40%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$12,820
Students receiving federal loans
39%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,501
Average Other Loans Per Year
$30,713
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$15,000
Loan Default Rate
10%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$246

What Students Are Saying

3.68 Average Rating
You can do anything you want as long as you put your mind up to it.
Lynne from Suisun City, CA
It's totally worth every penny, even though it's extremely expensive.
Emilio from Spring, TX
It is expensive, but I believe it will pay off later. Get everything out of the classes that you can. Go talk to your teachers, often.
Logan from Edmond, OK
Although it is very pricey, Berklee is probably the best college for contemporary musicians. With names such as Steve Vai, John Mayer or Quincy Jones who attended the college, it's definitely not something to look away from. You learn a lot and there is a wide variety of choices and combinations to suit your needs as a musician.
Andrew from Oakdale, CT
Unless you're a Music Production and Engineering Major or an Electronic Production and Design Major (which I am neither) which are the best funded departments then NO, you are not getting any bang for your buck, all other majors should be charged significantly less tuition, this college is stingy with giving it's student body, those majors are only well funded because of their department chairs' being complete animals.
Joshua from Brookline, MA
Yes, YES! And that's saying a lot because attending Berklee is, well, rather expensive. Don't let that throw you though--student aid and private loans can make your dream come true and believe me, it's very worth while!
Joanna from Boston, MA
While you have to learn, at least you're learning from experienced musicians who have done many inspirational things. They all have so many stories to tell, and most of them seem to be extremely passionate about what they're teaching. It is worth every penny!
Natasha from Biloxi, MI
You can't put a price on the pursuit of passion! I believe wholeheartedly that Berklee is worth every penny.
Brandy from Butte, MT

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