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Tuition and paying for college

Explore all your various funding options from major-specific awards to research, creativity, and study abroad scholarships.

Most university scholarships are due in very early spring for the next academic year, so we recommend you start getting your application materials ready around November and December!

General timeline for financial aid applications

September Begin preparing application materials, update resumes, and contact individuals for letters of recommendation if need be.
October FAFSA opens for applications for the next academic year.
December Apply for scholarships via the ASU portal and finalize FAFSA application if need be.
January ASU FAFSA deadline for priority consideration for financial aid and grants.
The Design School scholarship applications due.
February Most ASU Scholarship applications due.
School of Artscholarship applications due.

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School scholarship applications due.
June Final deadline for FAFSA application.

The Herberger Institute has many financial aid options available.

Scholarships

ACF/Max and Clara Springer Scholarship

Deadline: February 14, 2022

Award amount: $5,000

This award is a scholarship competition for first-time freshmen graduating from an Arizona high school who plan to major in the arts (art, dance, music, theatre & film).

Recipients are selected on the basis of artistic and academic merit as determined by a selection committee.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student

ASU William Z. Smith Jr. Schol (1 merit based/1 need based)

Deadline: March 14, 2022

Award amount: Varies

The funds are to be used to fund scholarships for 1st year undergraduate students in the Architectural Studies program. There is one available on a merit basis and one on a need basis.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student

MFA Thesis Award

Deadline: October 14, 2021

Award amount: $ 5,000

All MFA students in their last year of their graduate program are eligible for the MFA Thesis Award. This is a highly competitive opportunity that is only available once an academic year. This award will be will be funded through a scholarship or scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Graduate School of Art Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Award amount: varies

Students eligible for the Graduate School of Art Scholarship include MFA students (concentrating in Animation, Art Education, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles), and all School of Art MA and PhD students. Application deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Undergraduate School of Art Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Award amount: Varies

Students eligible for the Undergraduate School of Art Scholarship are degree seeking students in these five areas of the School of Art. Fine Arts (including BFA in Art majors concentrating in Animation, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles), Art History and Museum Studies, Fashion, Art Education, and Art Studies BA majors. Application deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Galbut Prize

Deadline: February 10, 2022

Award amount: $1,500

Martin and Cynthia Galbut are artists and art collectors whose love of art spans throughout history from Asian Art to American Tonalism and Contemporary Western American Landscape painting. The Galbut Prize is patterned after the Henry Ward Ranger prize which was established at National Academy of Design aimed at recognizing and supporting young talent. The Galbut Prize is an annual award that includes a $1500 purchase prize juried by a rotating member of the community. This competitive prize will be awarded to an outstanding work created by one of ASU’s School of Art MFA students, which will then become part of the ASU permanent art collection and be displayed in a highly visible location on the Tempe campus. Application deadline is Friday February 11th, 2022.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

There are no available scholarships for the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at this time.

Dwight L Busby Family Endowment

Deadline: January 30, 2022

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is to be awarded for students majoring in any major in The Design School to support entry and participation in national and international design competitions.

Who is eligible?

  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

ASU Anthony C. Juratovac Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2022

Award amount: Varies

This Scholarship is for second or third year students successfully enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Environmental Design and Planning in The Design School with interests in environmental building and sustainable development, and have an approved program of study.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Regents Professor Jeffrey Cook Fellowship

Deadline: January 30, 2022

Award amount: Minimum $5000

This scholarship it to be awarded to Graduate Architecture students in the area of energy and sustainability.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

Thomas C. Pokorski Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2022

Award amount: Minimum $2000

This scholarship provides support for an architecture student to travel to Italy during the summer to capture on paper or canvas the sites and life to further the recipient's exploration of artistic expression. Must be full time, undergraduate student who is pursuing an architecture major in The Design School. The award is to be used to finance the flight, hotel, and per diem for a trip to Italy.

The donor of this scholarship was as passionate about architecture as he was about art. Tom viewed the world as a place where architecture, time and space mere into a mosaic of color and form. This scholarship is for a student who shares that passion -- to capture on paper or canvas the intersection of structure, detail, color, emotion, and space; and to have a good time.

Who is eligible?

  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Sidney Poitier New American Film School Vision and Voice Scholarship

Deadline: February 27, 2022

Award amount:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School Vision and Voice Scholarship is for undergraduate students who show promise in: demonstrating ethical, inclusive, and collaborative professional practice; mastering creative, artistic, and technical skills in media-based storytelling; and making progress towards successful degree completion and graduation.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Sidney Poitier New American Film School - GG&B Scholarship

Deadline: February 27, 2022

Award amount:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School - GG&B Scholarship is for talented undergraduate students who show promise in: demonstrating ethical, inclusive, and collaborative professional practice; mastering creative, artistic, and technical skills in media-based storytelling; and making progress towards successful degree completion, graduation and financial means and who will hopefully thrive given this financial assistance and have a positive impact on many lives in the future. Additionally, understanding the need for increased diversity across the film industry, The GG&B Film Scholarship reflects the ideals and principles of The Sidney Poitier New American School’s namesake.

Who is eligible?

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

For information on music scholarships, fellowships and awards please contact the admissions office at MDTadmissions@asu.edu. The School of Music, Dance and Theatre administers the scholarships, fellowships and awards through various studios and professors and are only available to music majors. All music majors are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships and the named scholarships and fellowships. Undergraduate students may be considered for a scholarship for up to eight semesters, master’s students may be considered for a scholarship for up to four semesters, and doctoral students may be considered for a scholarship for up to six semesters. Visit the School of Music, Dance and Theatre website for a list of music scholarships.

Students may find dance and theatre scholarships through the ASU scholarships portal when those are available. If scholarships are currently available, they will appear below.

Dance and Performance and Movement Majors - School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Deadline: February 20, 2022

Award amount:

This posting is the gateway to allow Dance and Performance and Movement majors to apply for all School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Dance scholarships with one application.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Theatre Majors - School of Music, Dance and Theatre

Deadline: February 20, 2022

Award amount:

This posting is the gateway to allow Theatre majors to apply for all School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Theatre scholarships with one application.

Who is eligible?

  • Incoming first-year student
  • Incoming transfer (undergraduate)
  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Investigate other ways to support your academic and creative endeavors

There are a variety of ways to access funding for your education through ASU, local organizations, and other opportunities.