Financial Aid Process

Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers institutional scholarships and accepts federal, state, and private forms of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study. Conservatory scholarships are based primarily on the merit of the audition, however, the needs of the institution are also considered. If the student has filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student's financial need will be considered when scholarships are awarded. The Financial Aid process outlined here applies to all undergraduate, graduate, and international students. Music Education students should consider the detail information to the left for specific cases.

If I am awarded financial aid and scholarships, how will I be notified?

When a student has been accepted to the conservatory both artistically and academically, he or she will receive an email that will direct them to an acceptance letter. The acceptance letter will list any institutional scholarship that the student has been awarded. If there is no scholarship on the acceptance letter, then the student has not been awarded conservatory financial aid.

Very soon after the acceptance letter has gone out, the Financial Aid Office will mail students a hard copy of their award letter. This financial aid award letter will list any institutional scholarships and grants that the student has been awarded. If the student has filled out the FAFSA, the award letter will also list any federal aid granted. All funds on the award letter are for the entire academic year. Half of the fund will be used for the fall and the other half for the spring.

What do I need to do after I received my financial aid award letter?
  • Sign and return one copy of the Boston Conservatory award letter.
  • Provide any documents that are requested on the award letter.
  • Determine how to pay the remainder of your balance. Please refer to the information provided in this Financial Aid section for guidance on this and for more information about the financial aid process.

During the summer, incoming students will be introduced to Net Partner, our online financial aid system. Students may accept, decline, or adjust their financial aid on Net Partner. They may also download forms, check the status of their loans, and receive valuable financial aid information. Returning students will not receive hard copy award letters; instead, they will be directed to Net Partner.

Verification Process (Requested Documentation)