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Tuition and paying for college

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The Herberger Institute has many financial aid options available.

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.


Scholarships

ACF/Max and Clara Springer Scholarship

Deadline: February 14, 2021

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, 2021

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

Paul Rothstein Sustainable World Scholarship

Deadline: April 24, 2021

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is intended to provide financial support to Industrial Design students at The Design School who will be starting their Senior Year in the fall. Preference is given to students supporting families on a single income, students returning school, and/or students over the age of 28. There is also preference given to students who are participating in Innovation Space; however, it is open to students who do not meet these preferences, as well.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior

Sonoran Studio Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 3, 2021

Award amount: Varies

The Sonoran Studio Foundation Scholarship is intended to promote the benefits and educational values of diversity in the student body within the Design School. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a NOMAS ASU or NOMAarizona student member that embodies the mission of NOMAarizona and are inspired to support their studies and practice with the highest levels of regenerative design.

The Sonoran Studio Foundation was established in 2017 in support of the first fully certified Living Building project in Arizona, the Sonoran Studio. The mission of the organization is to educate and challenge communities to create the most sustainable future.

This scholarship is administered and awarded by the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts and the ASU Foundation.

Who is eligible?

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Samantha Rizzo Carlton Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2021

Award amount: Varies

To provide scholarship support for architecture students.

Who is eligible?

  • First-year student
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Katherine K Herberger Scholarship

Deadline: January 30, 2021

Award amount: Varies

This scholarship is open to any student within any major in The Design School.

Who is eligible?

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

Donald N Rabiner Memorial Fund

Deadline: February 7, 2021

Award amount: Varies

This fund was established in 1992 by gifts from friends and associates of the late Arizona State University Associate Professor of Art History, Donald Rabiner. The income supports a travel fellowship for the study of Italian art in Italy or elsewhere. Eligible students include graduate or undergraduate students majoring in Art History or Studio Art graduate students.

Who is eligible?

  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Graduate

Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: April 14, 2021

Award amount: $2,000-$3,000

The Martin Wong Foundation scholarship competition was established to recognize and support excellence in ceramics and painting, the areas in which Martin Wong first pursued his interest in art, and later established his reputation. The Foundation offers two scholarships in painting and two scholarships in ceramics. The first prize in each medium will be in the amount of $3000 and the second prize will be in the amount of $2,000. Please note that previous winners of Martin Wong Foundation Scholarships are ineligible for future awards. Deadline for submitting to the Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship is Thursday, April 15th 2021 at 5pm MST.

Who is eligible?

  • Graduate

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

Undergraduate Studio Art Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Award amount: Varies

Students eligible for the Undergraduate Studio Art Scholarship include BFA in Art majors (concentrations: Animation, Art Education, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles) 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
  • Graduate

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 scholarship for up to eight semesters, master’s students may be considered for scholarship for up to four semesters, and doctoral students may be considered for scholarship for up to six semesters. 

For information on scholarships, please contact the School of Music, Dance and Theatre scholarship coordinator.

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