ArtCenter administers more than $22 million in scholarships per year.

ArtCenter awards scholarships to students who demonstrate both financial need and outstanding visual and academic ability. International students do not need to establish financial need.

Amounts vary based on calculated need, available funds and the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee. Both new and currently enrolled students may apply for ArtCenter scholarships.

Generally, a scholarship is renewed each term if a student maintains a GPA of 3.00, continues to demonstrate financial need and is making satisfactory progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office. Although ArtCenter administers a number of named scholarships, to be considered, students need only apply for general scholarships. Students holding scholarships must complete a Leave of Absence when they take a term off, and may not take off three consecutive terms.

Entering Scholarships

Entering U.S. students who want to apply for ArtCenter scholarships should submit all application materials, including portfolio and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Financial Aid Office by the following dates:

Recommended priority scholarship date for entering students applying for:

  • Summer: Apply by January 15
  • Fall: Apply by February 15
  • Spring: Apply by October 1

Entering students who apply by these dates will be notified of any scholarship awards by the following dates:

  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: November 15

There is no GPA requirement for entering students. International students do not need to file a financial aid application. Students who miss the priority dates may still be considered for scholarships and other aid.

Continuing Scholarships

Currently enrolled students may apply for scholarships or scholarship increases each term. Eligible students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (at ArtCenter) and must have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office by the date of their department meeting for the term.

International students need only to submit their portfolios.

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ArtCenter Scholarship and Grant Policies

  • In addition to any state or federal programs for which you may be eligible, ArtCenter can consider you for institutional scholarship or grant funds. These are awards that have a high merit component, and the amount of this funding is limited. We believe that all admitted students are deserving; however, as funding is limited, the scholarship awards cannot be offered to all students, and are a symbol of the highest merit.
  • Students can apply for scholarship both as entering students, and again once they have enrolled. Students who did not receive scholarship on entry or who would like to try and increase their amounts can apply. This process currently takes place each term for undergraduate students. The dates and policies applying to continuing undergraduate students can be found each term on ArtCenter’s Website at: The graduate student continuing scholarship review varies by department. Graduate students should check with their department for dates and policies.
  • Types of scholarships. These include both the College’s own funding and scholarships provided by donors, corporations, and foundations. Students will be considered for both types of scholarships without the need for any specific applications. Recipients of donor scholarships may be asked to submit thank-you letters to the donor.
  • Merit and Need. Scholarships for domestic students are awarded based on merit and financial need determined by the FAFSA. Merit is determined by the scholarship committee based on portfolio and academic profile. International students do not need to complete the FAFSA to apply for scholarships. A limited number of scholarships maybe offered based on merit only.

Scholarship Conditions

  • Continued Need. Domestic students must continue to demonstrate financial need based on the annual FAFSA.
  • Grade Point Average Requirement. Students must achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 are given one ”warning” term and one “probation” term to bring their GPA back up to 3.0. Failure to bring grades back up will result in the forfeiture of scholarship awards. Exceptions may only be made through an appeal process with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Terms Off. Students cannot take more than two consecutive terms off. This includes time off for internships that are not for credit. In the event that a student takes more than two consecutive terms off, the scholarship award will be forfeited and the student must reapply for scholarship assistance.
  • Duration. There are time limitations on ArtCenter scholarships for students who entered in Spring 2011 and forward. Students holding ArtCenter scholarships enrolled in BFA degree programs are entitled to maintain their scholarships for a maximum of nine semesters. Students in BS degree programs may hold the scholarship for ten semesters due to the larger credit requirement for graduation. Graduate students who entered in the Fall 2016 term and forward may hold their scholarship for the approved length of their program plus one additional term. These specified amounts of time are the normal time frame in which students complete the program or are capable of completing the program. Credit requirements vary by major and are subject to change. Entering scholarships may be specified for a shorter time, but unless specified, they are for the amount of time listed above. Students who are awarded scholarship through the continuing student scholarship process will hold the funds no longer than the maximum duration required to complete the program, unless specified for a shorter time. The duration cannot exceed the College’s time limitation policy.
  • Amounts and Limits. Typically, the amount of ArtCenter Scholarship a student receives cannot exceed the cost of tuition for the term. Scholarship amounts are pro-rated for part-time terms based on the number of units for which students are enrolled. For 6-8 units, students will receive 50% and for 9 units 75% of the normal scholarship amount. Scholarships will be disbursed based on the unit total at the end of the Add-Drop period. Scholarships are not paid for less than 6 units. If a student enrolls in an ArtCenter Lite term, it will be counted as half a term.

Other Scholarship Resources

In addition to applying for ArtCenter scholarships, students are encouraged to explore other scholarship resources.

Many foundations and corporations offer scholarship funds and actively seek qualified applicants.

Students who wish to search for outside scholarships may find the following Web sites helpful:

Scholarship search:

Outside scholarship information:

Students who receive outside scholarships must notify the Financial Aid Office of the source and amount of funds.