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 per year, but can be up to $15,000. 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 is available to full- and part-time American graduate students. SVA will match 25% of any eligible outside scholarship, up to $2500 that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA.

Additional Resources

International Financial Aid & College Scholarship Search

Foundation Center– Foundation Center 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.

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

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

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

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.

UNCF Scholarships - a mind is a terrible thing to waste

Art Deadlines List – A free subscriber list to contests, grants, scholarships, fellowships, jobs, and internships in arts and design.

College Answer – The search engine on this site, courtesy of Sallie Mae, helps students create a customized list of scholarship leads.

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

College Gold – A step-by-step guide to paying for college with useful tools including loan and debt calculators, savings plan designer, EFC worksheets, downloads of tax benefits and more.

CollegeNET – Search for scholarships by keywords or profiles.

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

The Grant Training Center – A compilation of grant information links students to funding sources ranging from federal and private foundations in the United States to international grant providers. – Advice on graduate school scholarships, research grants, employer sponsorships, and more.