Can I receive financial aid or scholarships?

Because of U.S. government restrictions, international students are not eligible for U.S. financial aid in the form of personal grants, loans or work-study funds; but university-funded work-study jobs are available at some locations. SCAD offers some scholarships for international students; however, these do not fully cover the cost of tuition or living expenses. International students must have sufficient financial resources for the full course of study.

Are there application deadlines? When will I know if my application has been accepted?

Application materials are due at least 30 days prior to the start of the quarter in which the student intends to enroll. The Admission Review Committee may make a decision on your application as soon as all the required information is received. For SCAD Savannah and SCAD Atlanta students, an I-20 application for a student visa may be issued only after a student has been accepted and has provided the required certification of financial support. SCAD Hong Kong students may begin the visa application process after receiving acceptance to SCAD.

I'd like to visit SCAD. When can I come?

The best way to learn more about SCAD is to visit! Daily tours are offered Monday through Saturday in Savannah and Atlanta, and Monday through Friday and select Saturdays in Hong Kong. SCAD Days are offered throughout the year. During these special visitation days you may take a tour, learn about the admission process, and meet with admission advisers, faculty, and other prospective students.

Am I required to live in SCAD housing? Where can I find information about off-campus housing?

Living in university residence halls gives students the opportunity to experience personal growth and form lasting friendships. SCAD's residential communities celebrate diversity and foster educational, social, emotional, intellectual and cultural development. Students are not required to reside in SCAD housing; however, SCAD scholarship amounts for undergraduate students vary according to the students' choice of residing in SCAD housing or residing off campus.

How do I register for classes?

Upon acceptance, transfer students work with transfer advisers in the admission department to determine how earned college credit may apply toward degree requirements at SCAD and to register for first-quarter classes. Enrolled transfer students are assigned a student success adviser and a faculty adviser appropriate to their chosen major. They are required to meet with their student success adviser their first quarter of enrollment and once a year thereafter. Transfer students also should meet with their faculty adviser on a quarterly basis.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my transfer credit, financial aid or scholarships?

Once you have applied, a team of admission advisers is available to assist you and answer questions about financial aid and scholarships. Transfer advisers are available to address questions regarding transfer credit.

My school is on the semester system. What system does SCAD use?

Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught on the quarter system, with each course carrying five hours of college credit. Students normally enroll in three courses each quarter, spending 15 to 20 hours per week in class and at least 15 to 20 hours per week working on assignments outside class. The normal academic year includes three quarters. Students may enroll in the summer quarter as well; however, course offerings may be limited.

Does SCAD grant experiential credit?

SCAD does not grant experiential credit; however, SCAD may recognize the following exams for credit: Advanced Placement (AP), A-level (including British A-level/AS-level and Hong Kong A-level/AS-level), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, College-Level Examination Program, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate and German Abitur. Credit is awarded on a selective basis.

Can my scholarship portfolio be used as my transfer credit portfolio?

A portfolio review may be required for transfer of specific studio courses during the student's first quarter of enrollment and for final determination of transfer credit. To receive specific studio course credit, students must follow the portfolio submission criteria and guidelines available from the admission office. Guidelines and criteria are also included with transfer credit evaluations. While the scholarship portfolio can be used, it may not necessarily prove competency in a specific studio course.

Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

Transfer students are eligible for scholarships based on academic and/or artistic achievements. SCAD also offers a limited number of need-based scholarships. In addition, transfer students may qualify for: