SCAD scholarships are commonly referred to as gift aid because they are gifts that don’t need to be paid back. Scholarships are usually merit-based, which means they are awarded in accordance with desirable qualities like academic excellence, athletic prowess, or interest in extracurricular activities.

SCAD Scholarships 

Scholarships may be awarded by the federal, state, your college or career school, a private, nonprofit organization, or any of the above.

It is crucial to explore the many scholarship options, submit applications for those for which you think you could be eligible, and follow all deadlines.

About SCAD Scholarship

Both citizens of the United States and foreign nationals are eligible for scholarships, which are given to incoming students before their first quarter of attendance.

To be eligible for achievement awards, undergraduate students must submit supplementary documentation with their admissions application.

By filing a Free Application for Federal Student Help, or FAFSA, applicants for federal aid from the United States and eligible non-citizens can do so.

Use the SCAD Federal School Code: 015022 to list SCAD as your school on the FAFSA. This code enables a school to determine its federal financial aid eligibility.

To be eligible for financial help, students must first apply to SCAD and be accepted.

Scholarships for Currently Enrolled Students

Students currently enrolled at SCAD may be eligible for scholarships based on their academic performance, financial need, or a combination of the two.

Students must be on track to finish at least 45 undergraduate hours or 15 graduate hours at SCAD by the conclusion of the spring quarter in order to qualify.

Only in the month of April is the scholarship application available online for enrolled students. All available scholarships are automatically considered for applicants.

The undergraduate scholarships that SCAD offers differ depending on whether or not the student lives in SCAD housing. Scholarships for travel may be requested by current students who have been admitted to study at an off-campus institution.

These scholarships are administered through the office of financial aid. If you are participating in one of the university’s upcoming off-campus programs and are interested in obtaining a scholarship for the trip (including Lacoste), you may direct your questions via email at studyabroad@scad.edu.

Scholarships for Entering Students

Incoming students may be offered a scholarship or other awards from SCAD based on demonstrated academic and/or co-curricular achievement, including leadership, volunteer work, community service or involvement, and artistic accomplishment.

Scholarships are available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Students who wish to be considered for achievement scholarships may be asked to provide additional materials as part of their application for admission.

Financial need, as indicated by completion of the FAFSA or other documentation, is also taken into consideration for need-based scholarships and awards.

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Scholarship Quarterly and Annual Awards

Most undergraduate scholarships are awarded to degree-seeking students and are renewed and applied quarterly during the completion of a degree program (or up to 225 attempted hours for undergraduate students) as long as the recipient remains enrolled, positively contributes to the university community, and maintains a GPA of at least 3.0.

Students may qualify for more than one scholarship and may receive a combined total of up to the cost of tuition.

Students who plan to pursue a double major or multiple minors should meet with a success adviser to determine if aid is sufficient.

Graduate Awards

Graduate awards are offered to degree-seeking students and are renewed and applied quarterly until completion of a graduate degree at SCAD, as long as the recipient remains enrolled at SCAD, positively contributes to the university community, and maintains a GPA average of at least 3.25.

Annual awards for undergraduate and graduate students are intended to be disbursed over 45 hours of credit earned in three quarters at SCAD.

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How SCAD Housing Affects your Award

SCAD scholarship offers for undergraduates vary according to whether students reside in SCAD housing.

A scholarship recipient, who accepts an on-campus award as an entering student, but moves out of the SCAD residence hall at any time, is considered to be declining the on-campus award amount and accepting the off-campus award, thus reducing the scholarship award to 70% of the on-campus award amount.

Therefore, a balance due may be created. These students must then resolve any resulting charges incurred with the SCAD student accounts office. Graduate award recipients are not required to reside in SCAD housing.

Take the SCAD Challenge

Test the limits of your creative vision for a chance to win a scholarship at SCAD, The University for Creative Careers.

SCAD Challenge submissions must be one cohesive piece that demonstrates originality, ingenuity, and a keen sense of aesthetics.

Let your design demonstrate your aptitude for handling art and design assignments at the collegiate level.

The SCAD Challenge has three distinct competitions: undergraduate, transfer, and graduate.

As with the 2022–2023 academic year, juniors and seniors in high school are eligible to participate in the undergraduate challenge.

Any student intending to transfer to SCAD during the 2023–24 academic year is eligible to participate in the transfer challenge.

The graduate challenge is open to anyone planning to enroll in a SCAD graduate program during the 2023-24 academic year

A panel of SCAD faculty will review and evaluate submitted entries and select winners from each category.

SCAD Challenge

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