Financial aid frequently asked questions

How do I qualify for a SCAD scholarship?

Applicants are automatically considered for academic honors scholarships. Preference is given to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and SAT/ACT scores at or above the national average, based on the critical reading and math components of the test. Additionally, students are reviewed for achievement honors scholarships upon submission of a list of achievements and/or a portfolio, audition, writing submission or riding video. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and/or achievement merit. Other scholarships may be available to students based on financial need or other qualifiers.

View full listing of our scholarship opportunities or for detailed information about portfolio submissions.

When should I apply?

In order to receive financial aid, students must first apply for admission and be accepted to SCAD.

Students should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, and include SCAD as a school choice using the SCAD code number 015022. Students should be sure to use accurate income and tax information, which is accessible on the FAFSA website through the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool. Funding is awarded to the earliest qualifiers.

How does the book provision policy work?

The Book Provision Policy provides Pell Grant eligible students with a means to purchase books and supplies prior to the end of the first week of class. To be eligible, students must have received Pell Grant funds, have a Title IV credit balance for the quarter, and have met all requirements for disbursement 10 calendar days prior to the start of the quarter. Eligibility is reviewed each quarter.

Once a student is determined eligible for the Book Provision Policy they will have access to their credit balance (up to $800) via their SCAD Card account. For more information regarding the Book Provision Policy, see SCAD's financial policies.

What is verification?

Each year, certain students' FAFSAs are randomly selected for verification by the federal government. If your application is selected, you will be notified by the government on the front page of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Verification requires schools to document the accuracy of the information supplied on the FAFSA. This documentation includes, but is not limited to, a verification worksheet and tax transcript (for the student and/or parent(s) or spouse, as applicable).

What are my direct costs to SCAD?

Tuition is a direct cost for all students. Room and board fees are direct costs for students living in residence halls.