Everything You Need to Know About SCAD Scholarships and Tuition

Jul 9, 2020 by

If you’re a parent helping your student decide where to go for college, your first questions naturally concern cost. How much is tuition? How can I defray costs and fees? Will my student and I get enough of a return on our investment? These are necessary and important questions, and SCAD admission professionals are eager to educate and support prospective students and families as you ask these questions and make decisions about your student’s future.

As the admission landscape has evolved across higher education, and as students and their parents are engaging with universities over social media, SCAD has opened up additional channels of communication through Instagram and other platforms. You’ll also find an array of ongoing admission events, from virtual panels that illuminate programs such as painting and preservation design—not to mention the student experience—to financial aid and scholarship sessions that educate students about financial literacy and tuition, there is no shortage of ways to stay in touch with SCAD.

If and when you decide to apply, a convenient online portal allows freshmen, graduate, and transfer students to quickly submit an application—in about 20 minutes—and then upload supporting materials, such as transcripts, resumes, and portfolios, on a rolling basis.

General Application Questions

At SCAD, students must have their complete application and all accompanying materials submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of the quarter in which the students plans to enroll. And SCAD makes it easy to enroll—students can begin their studies in any quarter (although incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to begin their studies in the fall).

For 2020-21, the upcoming quarter start dates SCAD Atlanta, SCAD Savannah, and SCAD eLearning are:

  • September 14, 2020 (Fall 2020)
  • January 4, 2021 (Winter 2021)
  • March 22, 2021 (Spring 2021)
  • June 21, 2021 (Summer 2021)

For students studying at SCAD Lacoste, quarter start dates are:

  • September 21, 2020 (Fall 2020)
  • January 11, 2021 (Winter 2021)
  • March 29, 2021 (Spring 2021)
  • June 28, 2021 (Summer 2021)

After your student’s materials are reviewed and accepted, they’ll be invited to a SCAD Accepted Student Celebration event. These events—conducted virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic—create meaningful connections between incoming students before they arrive to campus, as well as answering any lingering questions they and their families have prior to enrollment.

Of course, many questions concern finances, in particular tuition and scholarships.

Currently, the SCAD tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $37,575 for undergraduate students and $38,475 for graduate students.

For accepted students planning to enroll, tuition payment deadlines are:

  • August 1, 2020 (Fall 2020)
  • December 1, 2020 (Winter 2021)
  • June 1, 2021 (Summer 2021)

The SCAD admission website also has a student budget planning section, complete with a calculator that assesses probable expenses and factors in potential financial aid.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Quick fact: every incoming SCAD undergraduate student, including international students, are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships (offered by the university) after gaining admission to SCAD. Additionally, students can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid—also known as FAFSA—to determine their eligibility for need-based grants and scholarships. (Note: graduate students are also automatically screened for merit based scholarships after being admitted.)

SCAD offers a helpful timeline that breaks down the FAFSA process on the university’s website. In sum, here are some key dates that are consistent each year:

  • October to March: apply for federal aid
  • March: applicants receive federal aid award letters
  • May to June: applicants can apply for additional aid
  • July: fall quarter aid information appears in student accounts

Aside from FAFSA, SCAD offers myriad undergraduate scholarship opportunities, including the following:

  • SCAD academic scholarships $1,500-$12,000
  • SCAD achievement scholarships $1,000-$7,500
  • May and Paul Poetter Scholarship Full tuition
  • Frances Larkin McCommon Scholarship Full tuition
  • Recognized achievements $1,500
  • Governor’s Honors Program $1,500
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship $3,000-$15,000

As for graduate students, several scholarships and various fellowships are available to assist with tuition expenses and cost of living expenditures.

In addition to its own scholarships, the university also provides information about outside scholarships for students can apply, from the following organizations:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Cintas Foundation Fellowship
  • Daniels Fund Scholarship program
  • The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
  • Families of Freedom scholarship fund
  • Harry S. Truman scholarship
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) scholarship
  • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ Young Arts Scholarship
  • National Merit Corporation Scholarships
  • YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

Alumni Opportunities

While SCAD has many financial aid opportunities for incoming and continuing students, the university also sets aside funds to help alumni launch their own companies and continue to work toward their dreams.

The SCAD Alumni Atelier, for instance, provides honoraria to alumni to assist with travel, supplies, and other cost-of-living costs while they’re completing residencies at various SCAD locations. The Atelier, an artist ambassadorship created and funded by SCAD President Paula Wallace, rewards distinguished graduates who apply and are selected.

Other ventures, such as SCADpro Fund, invest in alumni-led companies, offering $100,000 in return for equity. Alumni receive invaluable mentoring from SCADpro professionals and enhanced access to the university’s extensive network of industry leading corporate partners.

Clearly, SCAD’s commitment to its students is lifelong, and accomplished alumni are constantly involved in the mentoring, development, and education of the next generation of artists, makers, and designers.

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