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A whole new world of creativity awaits once art school begins. But the chance to develop your talents among peers and experts does come at a cost.

Your best bet is to take some of that creativity you have all bottled up and put it to good use in finding ways to pay for college.

Loans and grants help cover expenses. And, there are obvious options for lessening your financial burden like getting a job, buying used textbooks instead of new and sticking to a strict budget for living.

But so many students haven’t tapped into a golden opportunity to pay for college – scholarships. Scholarships are money awarded to help pay for your education that you don’t have to pay back.

Colleges, universities and art institutes offer scholarships to students based on grades, portfolio work, community engagement, areas of study and the list goes on. There are also a number of nationwide scholarships available for students who meet a wide variety of criteria.

If you counted yourself out for a scholarship, think again. You could be missing out on money that will make paying for college a lot easier.

Remember that most colleges require students to fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at in order to qualify for student financial assistance, including loans, grants or scholarships.

You can find more information about scholarships available by:

  • Contacting the admissions office at the school where you want to attend
  • Visiting the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship search tool:
  • Talking to organizations (including professional associations)
    related to your field of interest

Here we’ve provided you with a list of schools that have scholarship programs and some national scholarships that might be of interest. However, it is not a comprehensive list.

College Specific Scholarship Programs:

Academy of Art University

Belmont University

California College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts

Delaware College of Art and Design

Drexel University – Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Illinois State University School of Art

Indiana State University

Kansas City Art Institute

Los Angeles Film School

Louisiana State University

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Montana State University-Bozeman

Parsons The New School of Design

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

San Francisco Art Institute

Santa Fe University of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

School of Visual Arts

Southwest University of Visual Arts

Studio Art Center International (Florence-Italy)

Suny Purchase College

Syracuse University, College of VPA

Tribeca Flashpoint College

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Nationwide Scholarship Programs:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

The Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing Scholarship is awarded annually to the most qualified and deserving U.S. undergraduate or graduate. Applicants will be judged based on the completion and submission of a personal marketing package promoting themselves. This package must contain one business card, one brochure, one poster and one flyer.

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. To enter, students must read Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged and write an essay (800 to 1600 words) on one of the topics provided on the website.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant is available to emerging figurative artists with a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking. Offers additional renewal awards to selected applicants.

The Leicester B. Holland Prize is an annual competition that recognizes the best single-sheet measured drawing of a historic building, site or structure prepared by an individual to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).

The Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. Possible career paths include (but are not limited to) art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design and music composition.

The Scott-Mckenna Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of the founders of Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, is given annually to a student with a career interest in communicating about the outdoors.

The SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship Program for Visual & Performing Arts is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to: drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands and other musical ensembles.

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Alexia Lang holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Lang has worked in newspapers, magazines, radio and blogs, producing award-winning content centered around community and the arts.

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