Making School Affordable

Excited for art school but have concerns about the price tag?

It’s time to put that bottled up creativity to work for you in finding ways to pay for college.

Loans and grants help cover expenses. And, there are simple 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 don’t overlook a prime opportunity to pay for college – scholarships. Scholarships are money awarded to help pay for your education that you don’t have to pay back. And they aren’t just given to students with perfect grades.

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.

While filling out more forms after you’ve already spent hours applying to colleges might seem daunting, the payoff could be huge. So, grab your favorite beverage and dive into the wonderful world of schol“art”ships.

Don’t forget 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 – such as loans, grants or scholarships.

You can find out more about available scholarships by:

  • Contacting the admissions office of the school 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 interestt

You can find more information about grants by visiting:

Here, we’ve provided you with a list of a few college specific and national scholarships that might be of interest. However, this isn’t a complete list by any means, so make sure to do some of your own research to find what works best for you.

College Specific Scholarship Programs:

Academy of Art University

Alfred 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

Kean University

Los Angeles Film School

Louisiana State University

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Millikin University

Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Montana State University-Bozeman

Parsons The New School of Design

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

San Francisco Art Institute

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

School of Visual Arts

Syracuse University, College of VPA

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Wentworth Institute of Technology

National 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 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 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.