scholarships and grants

Scholarships and grants are awarded at the time of admission and are considered gift aid, as they are applied directly towards tuition.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and Fellowships are awarded to incoming students each year and are renewable for the length of their academic program. Undergraduate applicants are automatically considered for all of SFAI’s competitive scholarships, which are awarded through the Admissions Office and are based on artistic merit and grade point average.

SFAI Undergraduate Scholarships include:

- Portfolio Scholarship
- Trustee Scholarship
- Presidential Scholarship
- Dean’s Scholarship
- Creative Leader Scholarship
- Visionary Scholarship

MFA and MA Fellowships are the highest and most prestigious scholarships awarded at the San Francisco Art Institute and a limited number are awarded.

Fellowships are awarded for partial tuition for selected students whose portfolio of artwork or writing samples and application to the Graduate program are deemed to be of the highest caliber by the Graduate Faculty Review Committee.

International students and Low-Residency MFA students may qualify for MFA Fellowships.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


SFAI Grants are need-based grants awarded through the Financial Aid Office. SFAI provides institutional grants to help make up the difference between college costs and what a family can be expected to contribute through income, savings, loans, and student earnings. These funds are available in limited amounts at the beginning of the fall and spring terms, and may be awarded to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students. Applicants who want to be considered for institutional grants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA.

SFAI/CSSSA Scholarship

San Francisco Art Institute is pleased to offer a minimum of one $10,000 scholarship per year to an exceptional California State Summer School for the Arts alum. This is a renewable award and CSSSA students must submit all admissions materials and be admitted in order to receive this scholarship. For details on this award please contact your admissions counselor.