Music Essay Scholarship Contest

The following scholarship and grant opportunities are available to high school and college students involved in music education and music performance. They are provided here for the convenience of Tri-M Honor Society and NAfME Collegiate members. For more information on these scholarships, please visit the websites referenced. Know of a scholarship or opportunity that should be added to this list? E-mail memberservices@nafme.org.

Click on a category below to browse the scholarships:

Scholarships for High School Juniors

Music-Related Scholarships

Marine Band Concerto Competition

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and NAfME, announces the Marine Band Concerto Competition for high school musicians.

  • The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a cash prize. Open to high school musicians (grades 9–12) enrolled during the 2013–2014 academic year. Performers of woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments may apply.
  • Deadline: November 15

National Music Scholarship Fair

This annual spring event gives students the chance to audition for several college/university music programs from across the country. You can audition for as many of the participating schools as you like. You’ll also learn more about each of the represented programs.

School Band & Orchestra Magazine Essay Scholarship

This scholarship offers prize money to students who write an essay of 250 words or less on a music theme.

  • Selected students win a $1,000 scholarship and music products for their school music program.
  • Public and private school students in grades 4–12 are eligible.
  • Deadline: December 31

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition is for high school juniors and seniors pursuing vocal or instrumental studies.

  • The Williams Chorale and the Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Foundation will award over $12,000 in prize money, including $8,500 to the top four talented high school students. All applicants chosen to compete at the April competition who do not finish in the top four will receive $300. Each prize-winning student will also be a featured soloist with the Williams Chorale in its Annual Spring concert.
  • The competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who are pursuing vocal or instrumental studies and who attend any U.S. high school.
  • Deadline: Traditionally March 15

Davidson Fellows

The Davidson Fellowship is open to students who can demonstrate noteworthy achievements through the creation of a “significant piece of work” aimed at improving the lives of others in several subject areas, including music. A “significant piece of work” in music would be an exemplary performance and/or another demonstration of extraordinary accomplishment.

  • Awards are granted in the amount of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000.
  • Applicants must be under the age of 18 to be eligible for this award.
  • Deadline: Traditionally March 3

The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Program

This program is designed to identify and encourage talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians or ensembles, two from the U.S. and two from the international arena.

  • Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the U.S. who has a disability and is under 25 years of age is encouraged to apply. Any individual musician who is under 30 and is from outside the U.S. is encouraged to apply.
  • The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
  • Deadline: November (application materials will be online in the fall)

Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year Music Scholarships

These scholarships are available to members of the Tri-M® Music Honor Society, a program of NAfME. The scholarship program offers scholarship money for summer study programs to chapters that win one of three recognitions at the national level in each division: senior (high school) and junior (middle school). Scholarship money is awarded by the advisors of the winning chapters to deserving students.

  • Open only to members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
  • Winners have the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds for summer music study.
  • Deadline: April 30

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented-Scholarships

 

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship

The Tribute Award Scholarship Program is open to high school juniors that have a minimum 2.75 GPA and plan on attending an accredited certification, licensing or training program or institution of higher education. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate accomplishment in all of the four following areas: special talents, leadership, community service, and obstacles overcome.

  • Scholarships of $25,000 are available.
  • Deadline: late January

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, these awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have volunteered in their communities. This award program is the country’s largest volunteer recognition program for young people.


SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships three times a year. Music directo
rs, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • Students 25 and under who are participating in student group travel are eligible.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.
  • Deadlines: October 15, January 15, and May 15 

Scholarships for High School Seniors

Music-Related Scholarships

Marine Band Concerto Competition

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and NAfME, announces the Marine Band Concerto Competition for high school musicians.

  • The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a cash prize. Open to high school musicians (grades 9–12) enrolled during the 2011–2012 academic year. Performers of woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments may apply.
  • Deadline: November 15

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

This award is given to graduating high school seniors or first-year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future life.

  • Applicants submit audition CDs or tapes; finalists compete in Clarinda, Iowa; and 3 instrumentalists and 3 vocalists are chosen to perform at the Glenn Miller Festival. Winners receive up to $4,500.
  • Deadline: mid-March

National Music Scholarship Fair

This annual spring event gives students the chance to audition for several college/university music programs from across the country. You can audition for as many of the participating schools as you like. You’ll also learn more about each of the represented programs.

School Band & Orchestra Magazine Essay Scholarship

This scholarship offers prize money to students who write an essay of 250 words or less on a music theme.

  • Selected students win a $1,000 scholarship and music products for their school music program.
  • Public and private school students in grades 4–12 are eligible.
  • Deadline: December 31

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition is for high school juniors and seniors pursuing vocal or instrumental studies.

  • The Williams Chorale and the Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Foundation will award over $12,000 in prize money, including $8,500 to the top four talented high school students. All applicants chosen to compete at the April competition who do not finish in the top four will receive $300. Each prize-winning student will also be a featured soloist with the Williams Chorale in its Annual Spring concert.
  • The competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who are pursuing vocal or instrumental studies and who attend any U.S. high school.
  • Deadline: March 15

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation provides funds to select seniors from Cleveland and New York City public high schools who intend to study music or the business of music at the college level. Scholarships are awarded based on personal essays. The scholarships total $50,000 with the monies split evenly between Cleveland and New York. Check with your school’s guidance counselors for more information.

Stamford Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship

Stamford Symphony Orchestra offers an instrumental scholarship to qualified high school seniors who either live in or attend high school in the state of Connecticut and will be pursuing a music performance major in college.

  • Winners are awarded up to $10,000 for college study.
  • Deadline: December 1

 

The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Program

This program is designed to identify and encourage talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians or ensembles, two from the U.S. and two from the international arena.

  • Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the U.S. who has a disability and is under 25 years of age is encouraged to apply. Any individual musician who is under 30 and is from outside the U.S. is encouraged to apply.
  • The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
  • Deadline: November (application materials will be online in the fall)

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Recognition and Talent Search

NFAA accepts registrations from young artists in the categories of dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing for its talent search program. High school seniors may apply to win cash awards and scholarships and the chance to participate in NFAA Arts Week and be named a U. S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

  • Individual awards of up to $10,000 are available.
  • Registration for 2011 opens March 15

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

This scholarship fund is operated by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and offers scholarship funds to highly motivated students who plan to attend, or are currently attending, an accredited college or university or are pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year Music Scholarships

These scholarships are available to members of the Tri-M® Music Honor Society, a program of NAfME. The scholarship program offers scholarship money for summer study programs to chapters that win one of three recognitions at the national level in each division: senior (high school) and junior (middle school). Scholarship money is awarded by the advisors of the winning chapters to deserving students.

  • Open only to members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
  • Winners have the chance to win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds for summer music study.
  • Deadline: April 30

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented Scholarships

Best Buy Scholarship

The Best Buy Scholarships are available to students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate academic achievements, volunteer efforts, and work experience. Students must demonstrate commitment to and involvement in volunteer community service. Selection of recipients will be based on solid academic performance and exemplary community service with consideration also given to participation and leadership in school activities and work experience.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of $3.4 million annually in achievement-based, four-year scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors from communities across the U.S. Students will be selected based on their leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, character, motivation to succeed, and community service.

  • 200 Regional Scholarships of $10,000 each and 50 National Scholarships of $20,000 each will be rewarded.
  • Deadline: October 31

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, these awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have volunteered in their communities. This award program is the country’s largest volunteer recognition program for young people.

 

SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships five times a year. Music directors, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • Students 25 and under who are participating in student group travel are eligible.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.
  • Deadlines: October 15, January 15, and May 15

Scholarships for Marching Musicians

The following organizations offer resources for marching musicians who are looking for college funds.

This list is courtesy of Halftime magazine. For more information, see the article “Get Paid to March” in the March/April 2008 issue. 

Scholarships for College Students

Music-Related Scholarships

BMI John Lennon Songwriting Program

This scholarship is awarded to the best original composition for vocal-instrumental performance with the broadest popular appeal.

  • Open only to current students or recent alumnus/alumna at any institution with an active NAfME Collegiate chapter. Students may enter by submitting entries to the campus Collegiate Chapter advisor.
  • The 1st place winner receives a $10,000 scholarship, and two runners-up receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • Deadline to submit entries to your chapter advisor is in December. See the BMI Contest page for more information.

CFJS Scholarships

The Central Florida Jazz Society (CFJS) Scholarships are for students studying jazz music. There are no age limits, just that the applicant be in his or her senior year of high school or first three years of college.

  • An audition in Orlando, FL, is a requirement
  • Awards of up to $1,500
  • Deadline: April 1, 2012

Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship

The Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship was created by Shannon’s family and friends in coordination with the National Association for Music Education to honor her exemplary life and her love of teaching music.

  • The scholarship award is open to graduating seniors at Syracuse University and University of Florida who are receiving a degree in Music Education and who will be teaching music or pursuing an advanced degree in music after graduation.
  • Scholarship will be awarded prior to graduation.
  • All application materials must be postmarked by April 15.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

This award is given to graduating high school seniors or first-year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future life.

  • Applicants submit audition CDs or tapes; finalists compete in Clarinda, Iowa; and 3 instrumentalists and 3 vocalists are chosen to perform at the Glenn Miller Festival. Winners receive up to $4,000.
  • Deadline: mid-March

Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation

This organization hosts an annual vocal competition for young opera singers ages 21–36. Over $15,000 in scholarships is available.

  • Application deadlines are in October; auditions are held in Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Texas.

The Opera Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

This scholarship offers American singers the chance to perform and study at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Regio Torino, two of Europe’s most prestigious opera companies.

  • The scholarship is open to American citizens and permanent residents between 18 and 30 who are beginning their professional careers.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2012

 

The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Program

This program is designed to identify and encourage talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA Arts International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians or ensembles, two from the U.S. and two from the international arena.

  • Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the U.S. who has a disability and is under 25 y
    ears of age is encouraged to apply. Any individual musician who is under 30 and is from outside the U.S. is encouraged to apply.
  • The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.
  • Deadline: November (application materials will be online in the fall)

Strings Magazine Scholarship Award

The Strings Magazine Scholarship Award is available to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program who are majoring in Music Education or Music Performance of the bowed string instruments. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and community service.

  • Awards of up to $3,000 are available.
  • Deadline: April 3, 2012

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

This scholarship fund is operated by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and offers scholarship funds to highly motivated students who plan to attend, or are currently attending, an accredited college or university or are pursuing a career in the performing arts.

Community Service/Extracurricular Activities Oriented Scholarships

SYTA Youth Foundation “Road” Scholarship

Students planning educational travel programs but needing financial assistance can apply for a “Road” Scholarship offered by the SYTA Youth Foundation, Inc. (SYF). The SYF provides scholarships five times a year. Music directors, teachers, principals, and other youth leaders can submit nominations.

  • Students 25 and under who are participating in student group travel are eligible.
  • Awards up to $1,000 are available.
  • Deadlines: December 15, February 15, April 15, August 15, and October 15

Other Scholarships

USA Funds Access To Education Scholarships

USA Funds awards scholarships to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who come from households with annual incomes of $35,000 or less. Scholarships are renewable annually, provided the candidate maintains a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Maximum award per individual, including renewals, is $6,000.
  • Deadline: February 15 

Helpful Links

State Music Educators Association Scholarships

Some state music educators associations offer scholarships to high school or college music students. Visit NAfME’s Federated State Associations page and click on your state MEA Web site to check for opportunities.

Scholarship Search Engines & Databases

Music Scholarships

A list of music scholarships organized by focus area/instrument.

Online Education Database

Includes a list of music scholarships and grants of up to $10,000.

FastWEB

Develops a “customized profile” to match applicants with potential scholarships.

NOTE: This web site DOES have a marketing angle. You will be asked if you would like to receive information, or have your name provided to their supporters for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive any marketing information, simply click on all “no thank you” options. NAfME cannot be held responsible for any marketing contact you may receive through the use of this Web site.

Scholarships.com

Provides a customized profile for information on college choices, available Federal loans and scholarship opportunities.

College Compass

Click on “Financial Aid” and “Scholarships” for advice and numerous resources nationally and state specific.

The College Board’s Scholarship Search

An online tool that locates scholarships, internships, grants, and loans to match education level, talents, and background criteria entered through a questionnaire.

Unusual Scholarships!

Are you left-handed? Do you have a prom outfit made out of duct tape? Check out these unusual scholarships-who knows what you might find!

McNally Smith College of Music Scholarships

McNally Smith College offers a number of scholarships to undergraduates and returning students in the categories of music performance, music production, music business and music composition.

Sallie Mae College Answer

Provides a free scholarship search to provide customized scholarship leads.

Yahoo Education

Yahoo’s Financial Aid Search Engine.

U. S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Financial Aid

Information on steps in the financial aid process; includes a “scholarship match wizard” to help you find scholarships that fit your interests.

FinAid!

A comprehensive guide to financial aid, military aid, and loans. Includes a guide to filling out financial aid paperwork.

International Education Financial Aid

Search for scholarships and grants to fund study abroad programs.

The BMI Foundation, Inc.

The BMI Foundation is a non-profit that supports music study and performance through various awards and scholarships.

ASCAP

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) offers a variety of songwriting contests, some of which award cash prizes. The ASCAP Foundation offers a list of music-related awards and scholarships.

Scholarship Help

Scholarshiphelp.org

A web site designed to educate students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid. This site provides information free of charge to help students avoid scholarship scam artists.

NPR: Paying for College

NPR’s All Things Considered explored in a week-long series in May 2005, how American families of various financial means—and in different stages of life—are figuring out how to finance higher education.

Collegiate Funding

Features a guide to the different aspects of the financial aid process and access to financial aid professionals.

College Guide

Provides advice on a variety of topics, from how to afford college to how to consolidate your student loans

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Berklee Online is the online school of Berklee College of Music, delivering access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. We are the world’s largest online music school—30,000+ musicians from more than 140 countries have taken our courses—but classes never have more than 20 students per section.

Who is Berklee Online designed for?

Our programs provide lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry. The courses range from beginner to advanced graduate level

What kind of subjects are taught?

Hundreds of study options are available in subjects including songwriting, music production, music business, music theory, guitar, voice, arranging, harmony, ear training, electronic music production, bass, keyboard, drums, contemporary writing, and more.

Do online students receive the benefits of an on-campus Berklee education?

Absolutely! Just like the students studying on Berklee’s campus, Berklee Online students receive instruction from the same world-renowned faculty, guidance from Berklee-trained academic advisors, and the opportunity to walk at Commencement.

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Berklee Online degree students are eligible to request a Berklee ID. Upon acceptance into the program, degree students are also given a berklee.edu email address.

Can I take non-credit courses in a certificate?

All courses in a certificate program must be taken for credit.

Can I waive some for-credit courses into a certificate?

Students must enroll in a certificate by paying the $175 certificate registration fee prior to completing the final course in the program. All for-credit courses that have been awarded a passing grade and that align with a certificate program may transfer into that program.

Can I upgrade from a lower-level certificate to a higher-level certificate?

Yes! Berklee Online offers two certificate options:
  1. CHANGE CERTIFICATE: When a student wants to change their lower-level certificate to a higher-level certificate (or vice versa) prior to the completion of the program. There are no additional fees for this option other than the cost of additional courses, and you will only earn one certificate upon completion.
  2. STARTING A NEW CERTIFICATE: When a student wants to earn more than one certificate by having the courses from their lower-level certificate waived into a higher-level certificate. In this case, an additional $175 registration fee is required.

Faculty

Who teaches Berklee Online courses?

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Financial Aid

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Financial assistance is available for Berklee Online degree programs. This assistance may come from a variety of sources including federal awards, outside scholarships, and private loans.

Federal financial aid is not available for non-degree programs. Non-degree students typically finance their costs out-of-pocket or with a private loan. Review our payment options.


Graduation

What happens if I turn in my graduation application late? Do I still need to apply by December 1 even if I don’t want to walk in the Commencement ceremony?

Because we must coordinate with the Boston campus for Commencement, it is essential that students planning to walk in the ceremony submit their graduation application by 12:00 midnight ET on December 1. If you submit your application late, you will need to wait until the following year to walk.

We ask all students planning to graduate within the current academic year to apply for graduation by December 1, regardless of their plans to participate in Commencement. Late application for students who do not wish to walk will result in processing delays for your academic record and diploma, and your name may not be listed in the ceremony program.

What’s the difference between graduating and walking in Commencement?

Great question! Walking in Commencement and graduating are two separate things.

You can walk in Commencement when you are nine (9) credits or less away from completing your degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Please note: Berklee Online degree students are not required to walk in Commencement in Boston.

You graduate when you have met all of the following criteria:
  • Attained at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA in concentrate courses
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Fulfilled all program requirements AND completed a minimum of 120 credits for a single major or 165 for a dual major
  • Completed a minimum of 60 institutional credits for a single major or 105 institutional credits for a dual major
  • Fulfilled all financial obligations to the college
Note Walking across the stage in Commencement does not mean that you have graduated. You will not officially graduate and receive your diploma until you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

I just finished my last term at Berklee Online! What happens next? Is there anything I need to do?

Congratulations on finishing! If you have already filled out a graduation application, you will want to double-check the "Graduation Checklist" to ensure you have taken care of all of the various items associated with graduating. If you have not filled out a graduation application, you will need to do that as soon as possible. You will not be able to graduate until we have received and processed your graduation application.

When will I get my diploma?

You will receive your diploma within 6-8 weeks of completing your degree requirements. Please keep in mind that instructors have up to two (2) weeks to submit final grades after the term concludes.

Diplomas are mailed to the address you include on your graduation application. If your mailing address changes after you have submitted your graduation application, be sure to update us at graduation@online.berklee.edu.

Keep in mind that if you are walking in Commencement, you will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony.


Transfer Credits

Can I find out how many transfer credits I am eligible for before I apply to the degree program?

If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program and would like an estimate of the amount of transfer credit you would receive, you can request an unofficial transfer evaluation by emailing a copy of your transcript(s) to the Berklee Online Transfer Team at transfer@online.berklee.edu. Be sure to include your name, major of interest, and any additional questions you may have. You can expect to receive your assessment within 7-10 business days.

I didn’t receive credit on my Official Evaluation for all of the courses that I thought I would. What should I do?

The earlier you contact us with questions or concerns regarding your evaluation, the easier it will be for us to address any issues. Therefore, it is very important when you first receive your official transfer evaluation that you review the information carefully.

If you notice a remaining requirement that you believe you’ve already fulfilled, first consult our document on Common Reasons Credit Does Not Transfer. It’s possible that the course you are thinking of didn’t meet our eligibility requirements.

If none of those exclusions apply, please fill out a Transfer Credit Equivalency Re-evaluation form for the courses you wish to have reconsidered.

Sometimes, we are not able to locate specific information for a course online and we are not able to determine an equivalency, but we are always happy to review additional material which will help us make that determination.

Do my Berklee Online, Berklee campus, or Prior Learning Credit coursework count towards the 60 transfer credit limit?

No, credits completed at Berklee or through the prior learning process do not count towards the 60 transfer credit limit. This maximum is for credit-bearing exams and undergraduate-level coursework completed externally.

What is a credit deficiency and why do I need to make up credit?

Credit deficiencies are caused by transferring a course that is less than three (3) credits to fulfill a three (3) credit Berklee Online requirement. Students with a credit deficiency will be short of the minimum number of credits required to graduate once they have completed their program requirements. In order to be eligible to graduate, you will need to make up the credits you are deficient in.

While the Transfer Team does their best to avoid giving students credit deficiencies, it is not always possible. You can make up the credits you are deficient in by completing additional Berklee Online coursework, by applying for prior learning credit, or by completing additional external coursework in the area in which you are deficient.

Note all external courses will first need to be approved by the Transfer Team.

Can transfer credit fulfill prerequisites?

It depends. Generally, transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites unless we determine that the course you completed is a direct equivalent to one of the courses we offer at Berklee Online. Keep in mind that there are some courses which require you to pass a placement exam. For these you will need to achieve a passing grade on the test to fulfill the prerequisite, otherwise you will need to complete the appropriate Berklee Online course.

Can I transfer credits to Berklee Online after I have started the degree program?

Yes, you can. To determine if the coursework you already completed or are considering taking is eligible to fulfill your remaining degree requirements, contact the Transfer Team at transfer@online.berklee.edu.

I am a Berklee campus student. Can I transfer courses from Berklee Online to my campus-based program?

View a list of transferable courses to Berklee’s campus programs.

For additional questions about transferring courses from Berklee Online to Berklee's campus programs please contact the campus transcript evaluator at transfercredits@berklee.edu.

Are Berklee Online courses transferable to other institutions?

Berklee Online is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the same association that accredits our main campus and other leading academic institutions such as Harvard University and MIT. Our courses are transferable to other institutions, but it’s up to the receiving institution to decide the number and types of courses that may transfer. We recommend getting a course pre-approved by an institution before enrolling.


Tuition

How do Berklee Online’s costs compare to other education options?

Berklee Online’s programs have a tuition cost that is approximately 64 percent less than on-campus tuition at Berklee’s Boston campus. Moreover, a recent study revealed that the average annual tuition at for-profit colleges is more than twice as expensive as Berklee Online. Even average annual tuition at other accredited non-profit online universities is roughly $11,000 more expensive than tuition for a year with Berklee Online!

How much does a certificate program cost?

There is a one time $175 registration fee per certificate program. Students may either pay per course term (at the $1,479 per credit course cost) or pay in full to receive a 10 percent discount. The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.

How much does an online bachelor’s degree cost?

Online undergraduate degree tuition is $59,160 for 120 credits for all majors except the guitar major. Tuition for the guitar major is $63,660. Students taking 10 courses per year can complete the degree in four years at a cost of $14,790 per year. (Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.)

How much does an online master’s degree cost?

Online graduate degree tuition is $33,120 for 36 credits. The Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business programs are designed to be completed in one year of study. Both programs are comprised of 12 three-credit courses that can be taken during four 12-week semesters.

What is included in the cost of a course?

The cost for an individual course includes the tuition fee. The cost of required books, hardware or software must be purchased separately, unless it is stated that these costs are included with your enrollment. Some courses may include additional fees for files or content.

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