Financial Aid at School of Visual Arts

The SVA Financial Aid office is open from 9-5 Mon-Friday and you don’t need an appointment to discuss your financial aid options with an advisor. For more information visit

SocDoc Department Scholarships

The department gives several scholarships to support student tuition. Scholarships are normally $10,000-$15,000 per year. The scholarships is renewable for the second year of the program if students maintain a B+ average or better. The scholarship is merit-based and all accepted students are eligible to apply.

SocDoc Thesis Production Awards

SocDoc gives several Thesis Production Awards to help fund thesis film projects. These are merit-based scholarships given at the end of the second semester based on work done in the program and faculty recommendations.

SVA Work Study / Teaching Assistants

SVA participates in the Federal Work Study program and there are work study opportunities in the SocDoc department and elsewhere at SVA. SocDoc employs two TAs per year to assist faculty with classes, work in equipment office and in the department office. TAs are first offered to American students eligible for Federal Work Study, and then to the rest of the department.

SVA Alumni Scholarships

The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts provides a wide variety scholarships and awards to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in all majors offered by the College. Because SVA covers all overhead expenses for The Alumni Society, 100 percent of any donation to the Society goes directly to one of the scholarship funds.

SVA Matching Outside Scholarships

SVA matching scholarship available to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, please visit SVA's Financial Aid website

Veterans' Admissions Office

SVA is honored to welcome veterans to our campus. SVA is a Yellow Ribbon Program Participating school. Click here for more information on tuition benefits for veterans.

​​​​​​Additional Resources

International Financial Aid & College Scholarship Search

Foundation Grants to Individuals – Foundation Directory by Candid is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. They have an excellent resource list of financial aid for graduate students.

FastWeb – A personalized search engine that compares student backgrounds with a database of over 1.5 million scholarships. Updated daily and allows online applications for many awards.

FinAid – Informative, objective, and straight-forward resource for student financial aid information, advice and tools.

College Board – A tool that offers advice about scholarship planning, research and searching.

AAUW - grants for American and international women studying in the US to pursue advanced education

American Scandinavian Foundation - Fellowships and Grants for Scandinavians to study in the US

Fulbright Foreign Student program - scholarships and mentorships for foreign students looking to study in the US

International House - community focused, dormitory-style living for graduate students from the US and abroad. Financial Aid available.

P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans - a merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

Caucus Foundation Student Production Grant - To assist worthy students in completing their student thesis film - for currently enrolled students.