Financial Aid & Scholarships

An application for financial aid will have no effect on the admission decision. The Graduate School of Art strives to provide aid to as many fellows as possible. Financial aid packages most often consist of a combination of fellowships or scholarships, teaching and/or technical assistantships, and loan assistance.

Admissions and awards of financial aid are for the specific academic year, but accepted applicants may consult with the MFA chair to determine if they are eligible to defer for a year. Fellowship, scholarship, and assistantship awards are renewable for the second year of study. You must reapply for loan assistance each year.

During the 2020-21 academic year, 100 percent of our MFA students received scholarship/remission assistance. Scholarship/remission awards ranged from $5,146 to $45,018 annually, depending on each individual's situation.

Instructions for applying for financial aid and detaills about scholalrships and teaching/technical assistantships are outlined below. For information about tuition and fees for the Graduate School of Art, click here.

All inquiries and materials pertaining to financial aid should be directed to:

Todd Farr
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Campus Box 1031
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
Phone: 314.935.3642
Fax: 314.935.6462
tfarr@wustl.edu

Apply

Applicants for financial aid who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must submit the federal government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. When completing the FAFSA, please include Washington University's code (002520) in Step 6 of the form to ensure that financial data will be received as needed.

Citizens of other countries who do not hold U.S. permanent resident status must submit an International Student Application for Graduate Financial Aid. Click here to download the pdf version of the 2020-2021 form.

Deadlines

Financial Aid Applications are due February 15.

Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program

The Sam Fox School is excited to offer the Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program, which welcomed its first group of students in fall 2020. Through this program, the School will award 10 full-tuition scholarships each year to outstanding candidates for graduate study. Ambassadors will also receive an annual $750 travel stipend to support individual research or School-sponsored travel. The tuition waiver and stipend will be renewed annually for Ambassadors in good standing.

Ambassadors will be selected from top applicants to the following degree programs: Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. Learn more>>

Sam Fox School Scholarships

All financial aid applicants are considered for available Sam Fox School fellowships and scholarships, as well as partial-tuition remission art scholarships. In addition to the Ambassadors program featured above, the Graduate School of Art offers the following awards:

Sam Fox School Director's Full Scholarship. Full-tuition scholarship awarded to one incoming MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student and one incoming MFA in Visual Art student for the duration of their degree program.

Ernestine Bestberg and Arthur Osver Scholarship. Merit-based scholarship awarded to one incoming MFA in Visual Art student, equal to 75% of tuition.

Catherine M. and Stanley R. Miller Scholarship. Merit-based scholarship awarded to one incoming MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student, equal to 75% of tuition.

Danforth Scholarship. Drawn from all of the University's programs, these scholarships recognize academic achievement and leadership potential, and cover 75% of tuition.

For information about scholarships awarded by the Graduate School of Art, contact Todd Farr.

University-Wide Scholarships

The Danforth Scholarship
Danforth Scholars are drawn from all of the University's graduate and undergraduate programs with the aim of fostering a community of high-achieving scholars. It is offered in recognition of academic achievement as well as leadership potential within the University and in the field of visual arts. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition. All MFA applicants are automatically considered for this award.

The following university-wide scholarship/fellowship opportunities require a separate application:

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship
The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The deadline for completed applications and supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study
A joint enterprise of the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowships provide renewable awards covering the cost of tuition for graduate study by women in a number of fields, including art. The deadline for completed applications and all supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University provides graduate and professional students from around the world with an extraordinary educational experience. The McDonnell Academy seeks to develop a cohort of future leaders in a global university system and promote global awareness and social responsibility. The program offers renewable full-tuition awards plus programmatic support to students from varied degree programs and different countries, in order to maximize the diversity of the program and create a rich dialogue and experience. Selection criteria consider the applicant's academic distinction, global mindset, leadership, and community. The application deadline is January 31. For more information, click here.

Teaching and Technical Assistantships

Students are awarded teaching assistantships based on the strength of their applications and portfolios. Teaching assistants typically work about 10 hours per week and earn up to $2,000 per semester; teaching assistants may work up to 20 hours per week, although this is not typical. Students are paid on a biweekly schedule for work completed. In addition to teaching assistantships offered in the Sam Fox School, a limited number of assistantships are also offered for compensation through other programs at WashU.

For MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture students: Teaching assistantships are limited in number for both first-year and second-year MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture candidates; notification of this award will be included in any scholarship offer.

For MFA in Visual Art students: Teaching and/or technical assistantships are awarded to all second-year MFA in Visual Art students who are in good academic standing. In addition, a select number of first-year students are awarded assistantships based on the strength and quality of their applications. Teaching assistants gain valuable pedagogical experience while assisting faculty teaching a range of courses in the Sam Fox School. Technical assistants work alongside faculty and/staff and contribute to key areas of the School such as the Des Lee Gallery, Island Press, and the Collaborative Technology Center.

Loans

Federal guaranteed loans are available to students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who meet all eligibility requirements and who have submitted the FAFSA. Loans available to graduate students include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.