Tuition and paying for college

ASU ranks among the top “best buy” public colleges in the USA. Thousands of dollars in scholarships and fellowships are awarded to the School of Art students annually.

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ASU has many financial aid options available.

These scholarships and fellowships are made possible by the generous donations and investments of our alumni, parents and friends.  Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study, loans, education tax credits or a benefit from completing community or military service.

Please scroll down to view the many resources available to help in your search for scholarships and financial aid.

Explore the scholarship and professional development opportunities in the School of Art

MFA Thesis Award

Deadline: October 15, 2021

Award amount: $ 5,000

All MFA students in their last year of their graduate program are eligible for the MFA Thesis Award. This is a highly competitive opportunity that is only available once an academic year. This award will be will be funded through a scholarship or scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Undergraduate School of Art Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2022

Award amount: Varies

Students eligible for the Undergraduate School of Art Scholarship are degree seeking students in these five areas of the School of Art. Fine Arts (including BFA in Art majors concentrating in Animation, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles), Art History and Museum Studies, Fashion, Art Education, and Art Studies BA majors. Application deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Graduate School of Art Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2022

Award amount: varies

Students eligible for the Graduate School of Art Scholarship include MFA students (concentrating in Animation, Art Education, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles), and all School of Art MA and PhD students. Application deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Galbut Prize

Deadline: February 11, 2022

Award amount: $1,500

Martin and Cynthia Galbut are artists and art collectors whose love of art spans throughout history from Asian Art to American Tonalism and Contemporary Western American Landscape painting. The Galbut Prize is patterned after the Henry Ward Ranger prize which was established at National Academy of Design aimed at recognizing and supporting young talent. The Galbut Prize is an annual award that includes a $1500 purchase prize juried by a rotating member of the community. This competitive prize will be awarded to an outstanding work created by one of ASU’s School of Art MFA students, which will then become part of the ASU permanent art collection and be displayed in a highly visible location on the Tempe campus. Application deadline is Friday February 11th, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Award amount: Varies

The Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award was established by the Nathan Cummings Foundation to give talented visual artists in the ASU School of Art the experience of the Grand Tour, a tradition in the education of the whole person. For the visual artist, this experience is considered a necessity, and the role it plays in the life of a young artist is well documented in modern history. This “application exhibition” showcases the artwork of those students who apply from various disciplines and also includes a statement of intent. Artists are meant to create proposals for summer travel to further their artistic visions and expand their worldview in relation to their particular craft and specific concentration. After a review of the work and proposals, ASU faculty members choose who will be awarded travel grants for this summer to their proposed locations. Application deadline is Friday April 1, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

GPSA Funding (various opportunities)

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: varies

The School of Art would like to make its students aware of several opportunities available to graduate students through GPSA funding:
Jumpstart Research Grant
Graduate Research Support Program
Individual Travel Grant
Group Travel Grant
Internship Travel Grant
Interview Travel Grant
Career Development Grant
Child Care Funding
Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Funding

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Anthony L. Gully British Art Travel Fellowship

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: Varies

This fund was established in 1995 with a gift from L. Gene and Catherine Lemon. Income supports a travel fellowship for the study of British Art in Great Britain or other countries, including the United States of America for graduate and undergraduate Art History students.

Who is eligible?

  • Senior
  • Graduate

Travel Enrichment Grant -School of Art Graduate Students Only

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: variable

Enrichment grants are for competitive professional opportunities, including presenting a paper at a symposium or conference, attending a competitive residency, participating in an invitational or juried exhibition, giving an artist talk or participating on a panel discussion, among others. These are opportunities where many people apply and only a select few are awarded the opportunity to participate.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Blick Student Material Scholarship

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: Varies

Blick Art Materials awards gift cards to degree-seeking art and design students as needed for assistance in purchasing art materials.

Who is eligible?

  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Professional Development Funding Award

Deadline: open/rolling

Award amount: varies

The Professional Development Award is for professional opportunities and expenses, including thesis exhibition materials, shipping artwork to exhibitions, publication or printing expenses, as well as registration for a symposium, conference, or virtual lecture series, among others. This award does not cover travel costs.
Application review periods: September 15th, February 15th, and April 15th

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate