Applying for financial aid

Students must first apply for admission and be accepted to SCAD in order to receive financial aid.

Students also should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and include SCAD as a school choice using SCAD code number 015022. Accurate income tax information should be used and is accessible on the FAFSA website through the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool. 

Within three to five days after filing the FAFSA online, students should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). When you receive your SAR, review it carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. SCAD will use the information to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

If you don’t have any changes to make to the information listed on your SAR, just keep it for your records. If you review your SAR and find a mistake, you will need to correct or update your FAFSA.

Students who receive a request for additional information from the SCAD financial aid office should complete and return the information promptly. 

If selected for verification, students may be required to submit documentation in the form of an IRS tax return transcript from two years prior. Further information is available online.

After all information has been received and processed, an official award of financial assistance is sent via SCAD email to the student from SCAD. The award lists all financial assistance the student is eligible to receive, including scholarships, grants and loans. For some types of aid, there may be additional steps required. Students should continue to check their student email account for any requirements requested by the SCAD financial aid office.