<< Back to Admissions

New Student Scholarships

All applicants for undergraduate study are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration during the admissions process.  No additional application form is required. Scholarships are awarded on a merit-basis and are centered primarily on the review of your portfolio or audition as well as your academic records.  Any additional materials you would like us to consider (essays, recommendation letters, test scores, interviews) should be submitted or completed prior to completing the application process.  Scholarship notifications are issued with admissions decisions and will not be revised after that point.   

New student scholarships are renewable for each year of study based on your maintaining satisfactory academic progress in your program of study. 

Beyond scholarships, applicants who submit the FAFSA will receive a more complete financial aid package a few weeks after they receive an offer of admission.  This package will include the scholarship award along with any need-based University, Federal or State aid for which you may be qualified.

Outside Scholarships

The University encourages all students to explore outside scholarship opportunities. Scholarships from local businesses, boosters, foundations, churches, unions, etc., can be used as payment towards your educational costs and are applied on top of your financial aid package to meet their costs.

In your search for scholarships and aid, we advise that you never pay to apply for a scholarship or financial aid.

Some helpful search engines are: FastWeb and GoodCall.  

UArts has partnered with the scholarship app -- Scholly.  Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly’s adaptive matching engine promises to deliver smarter, targeted lists of scholarships. UArts students can access Scholly by clicking here: Scholly. Use your UArts ID—provided to accepted students upon depositing—to sign up and log in.

If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify Student Financial Services by sending a copy of the scholarship letter as required by the Department of Education. This may allow a pending credit to be issued on your bill. Scholarships are not allowed to exceed the maximum budgeted costs allowed for student’s educational expenses.

Returning Student Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of scholarships for returning students that have been donated by individuals, families or groups to help support promising artists. These named scholarships are awarded based on individual and specific criteria, which may include need and/or merit. Students cannot apply directly for these awards. Instead, faculty and departments will nominate students for these scholarships.  I certain cases, a portion of named/endowed scholarships may be used to offset other institutional financial aid.