Scholarships & Grants

Since Academy of Art University’s art scholarships program was founded over forty years ago, we have helped over 45 thousand aspiring artists and designers pursue their educational goals in art and design. Academy of Art University offers a number of innovative and inexpensive ways for first-time students, high school students, and teachers to improve their skills and experience all that we have to offer.

Pre-College Programs

The Pre-College Art Experience Programs are programs that provide intensive art experiences for high school students. All high school students are invited to apply to take advantage of these full-tuition art scholarships (based on availability).
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2017 Summer Portfolio Grant

Academy of Art University is thrilled to announce our 2017 Summer Portfolio Grant to assist you in pursuing your dreams in art and design! We invite all eligible students to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • First-time enrolled at Academy of Art University as an undergraduate student. Previous Academy of Art University Pre-College Art Experience participants are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be Undergraduate degree-seeking (AA, AA2, BA, BA2, BS, BS2, BFA, BFA2 and BARCH). Personal Enrichment students, students earning a Certificate are not eligible for this Grant.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or an eligible Non-Citizen.
  • Enrolled full-time for Summer 2017 semester (6 units) by June 14, 2017 and must successfully earn a passing grade of C or better in both classes.
  • Enrolled for at least 2 classes for Fall 2017 semester (6 units) by Fall 2017 semester registration deadline, September 18, 2017.
  • If a credit balance exists due to a dropped course during the Fall 2017 semester, it will be refunded back to the University portfolio grant program.

Award Information

  • A limited number of tuition grants are available in the range from $1,000 to $5,000 to be applied to the recipient's Fall 2017 semester educational costs.
  • The amount of each Grant awarded is determined by the selection committee based on portfolio and questionnaire submissions.
  • Recipients are responsible for application and enrollment fees. Any other costs or fees are the recipient's responsibility.
  • Grants are for the recipient only and are not transferrable for any other semester, nor redeemable for cash. Summer 2017 Portfolio Grant can only be applied to Fall 2017 educational cost.

Application Requirement Checklist

  • Complete the Academy of Art University Admissions Online Application with the $50 non-refundable/non-deferrable application fee.
  • Submit completed Summer Portfolio Grant Questionnaire.
  • Submit your portfolio.
    • Your Academy of Art University student ID number is required for Portfolio submission. Please contact Admissions if you do not have this required information available to you.
    • Please note: Portfolio should be a representation of your best work and demonstrate your inspiration and passion as an artist.
    • Portfolio must contain the following:
      • Submit up to – but not more than 3 of your best pieces of work.
      • Sketches, drawings, photos, film reels, etc., in digital format only. Any and all physical work/samples will not be accepted.
  • Failure to complete application process by set deadline of May 26, 2017 in its entirety will result in automatic and immediate disqualification.

Timeframes and Deadlines

  • Applications and all other requirements will be accepted until May 26, 2017.
    If applying via regular mail, application must be postmarked by this date.
    • Applying early is strongly encouraged.
  • June 5 – June 7, 2017: Selected award recipients will be notified via regular mail and email. No decisions regarding awards will be made prior to this date.
  • June 14, 2017: Deadline for all award recipients to register for Summer 2017 semester. All recipients must register for 6 units for Summer classes in order to be eligible for the Grant.
  • Recipients must also register for Fall 2017 semester for at least 2 classes (6 units) by September 18, 2017, last day of Fall 2017 semester registration date.
  • Recipients who fail to earn a passing grade in the two (2) Summer 2017 semester classes (6 units) or fail to register for Fall 2017 classes in a timely manner will immediately forfeit their Grant in full.

Additional Information

  • Summer Portfolio Grant applicants are welcome to apply for Federal Financial Aid at

Contact: Admissions Representative at 800.544.2787 or 415.274.2200.

2015 Spring Forward Grant

Submissions for the 2015 Spring Forward Grant are now closed. Selected award recipients will be notified January 19 - 23, 2015.

If you have any additional questions, contact your Admissions Representative by email at or by phone at 800.544.2787 (US only) or 415.274.2200.

The Teacher Grant provides high school and community college art teachers an opportunity to practice and improve their skills. These full-tuition art scholarships apply toward any regular undergraduate course and are subject to limited availability.

Program Mission

  • Encourage and inspire those who work with young artists & designers
  • Provide teachers & counselors the opportunity to refresh and expand their skills as well as tap into the creative community in San Francisco

Program Mission

Program provides a full tuition scholarship for a maximum of:

  • Three to six undergraduate course units for On-Campus (Summer Only)
  • Three undergraduate course units for Online (Fall/Spring Only)

Recipients are responsible for all other costs & fees including: application fee, registration fee, lab fees, supplies, room and board, transportation and any other expenses

Program Dates

Fall 2016

Deadline to apply: July 29, 2016

Semester Dates: September 1, 2016 – December 17, 2016

Application Status*: August 12, 2016

Summer 2017

Deadline to apply: May 29, 2017

Semester Dates: June 26, 2017 – August 16, 2017

Application Status*: June 12, 2017

Spring 2017

Deadline to apply: January 6, 2017

Semester Dates: February 6, 2017 – May 27, 2017

Application Status*: January 20, 2017

Fall 2017

Deadline to apply: August 4, 2017

Semester Dates: September 5, 2017 – December 18, 2017

Application Status*: August 18, 2017

*Applications are reviewed by the Academy's Teacher Grant Committee. All applicants will be notified of their Application Status by the date listed


View academic course offerings or call 1-800-544-2787 to speak with an Admissions Representative. *Undergraduate level courses only.


  • Open to all: secondary school, community college teachers and counselors
  • Previous Teacher Grant Recipients are not eligible to apply. Grants are limited and it is the University’s mission to provide the opportunity to as many educators as possible.
  • All applicants must provide: copy of teaching certificate, resume, letter of intent, & recommendation letter from school principal, dean or department chairperson.

Campus Housing

  • Campus housing is only available during the Summer program
  • A separate Housing Application must be completed online with Campus Housing or call 1-800-544-2787.