Budget planning

The budget planning guide below provides more information on the types of expenses you can anticipate annually.

The budgets shown here are based on three quarters of attendance. If you will attend fewer quarters, use one-third of each amount per quarter of attendance to calculate your budget.*

2020-21 undergraduate budget

Three quarters, 45 hours, university housing

Tuition
US $38,520

Based on three quarters of attendance for 45 credit hours.

Room and board
US $15,558

Estimated cost for university housing and meal plan. Actual costs vary.

Transportation
US $1,332

Estimated costs for personal transportation, such as flights, taxis, and automobile expenses. Use of SCAD buses is included in tuition cost.

Books and supplies
US $1,890

Estimated costs for books and supplies. Actual costs vary. Under the book provision policy, students with excess federal aid may be eligible for finances to purchase books and supplies before the end of the first week of class. Learn more.

Miscellaneous
US $2,241

Estimated costs for other personal expenses, such as health care, entertainment, and other life needs. Actual costs vary.

Loan fees
US $69

Students with federal loans will have origination fees assessed before funds are sent to SCAD.

Total

US $59,610

2020-21 graduate budget

Three quarters, 45 hours, university housing

Tuition
US $39,420

Based on three quarters of attendance for 45 credit hours.

Room and board
US $15,558

Estimated cost for university housing and meal plan. Actual costs vary.

Transportation
US $1,332

Estimated costs for personal transportation, such as flights, taxis, and automobile expenses. Use of SCAD buses is included in tuition cost.

Books and supplies
US $1,890

Estimated costs for books and supplies. Actual costs vary. Under the book provision policy, students with excess federal aid may be eligible for finances to purchase books and supplies before the end of the first week of class. Learn more.

Miscellaneous
US $2,241

Estimated costs for other personal expenses, such as health care, entertainment, and other life needs. Actual costs vary.

Loan fees
US $216

Students with federal loans will have origination fees assessed before funds are sent to SCAD.

Total

US $60,657

Calculate how much financial aid you may need

Use the budget planner below to determine how much financial aid you may need to cover your annual expenses.


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Total estimated financial aid assistance

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Undergraduate budget
US $59,610
Over/Under
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Graduate budget
US $60,657
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Miscellaneous, books, and supplies

The books and supplies, personal, and transportation budget components are not paid directly to SCAD; they are components that federal regulations require SCAD to include in determining financial aid eligibility. Tuition is a direct cost for all students. Room and board fees are direct costs for students living in residence halls. Many students who need to borrow additional funds to cover expenses choose not to borrow funds for the indirect budget components, but all students should plan for these expenses.

Once students are determined eligible for the book provision policy, they will have access to their credit balance of up to US $675 via their SCAD Card account. Learn more.

In addition to the costs listed above, international students will incur expenses associated with purchasing health insurance and travel.

Shortages

Any shortage in financial needs should be covered through family contributions, savings, or alternative loans outlined in this guide.

Footnotes

*Actual budget used to determine financial need is subject to verification of the information provided.