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Scholarships

MassArt offers a variety of merit scholarships to Massachusetts, New England, and out-of-state applicants. Some scholarships are awarded based strictly on merit; others require a student to also have financial need.

All applicants to MassArt will be automatically reviewed for the merit scholarships for which they are eligible. No additional application is necessary for consideration.

However, MassArt merit scholarships are quite competitive. Serious consideration will be given to high academic achievers with strong portfolios. Take the time to submit application materials – especially your portfolio – that fully represent your accomplishments and potential and demonstrate what you will bring to MassArt.

To receive the fullest consideration for all merit scholarships, be sure to complete the FAFSA by February 15. The scholarship committee begins reviewing all accepted applicants after March 1. Once a scholarship decision has been made, the recipient will be notified by letter.

Students awarded a merit scholarship must meet certain academic standards in order to remain eligible for their scholarship each year.


Merit Scholarships Standards

Students receiving a merit scholarship, including the Tsongas, Trustees, and Artward Bound Scholarships, will have their continuing eligibility to retain their award reviewed at the end of every term. Students on Academic Probation or Subject to Dismissal (2 or more concurrent terms earning less than two-thirds of attempted credits) will lose their scholarship.

The Academic Resource Center provides the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) with a list of students on Academic Probation and Subject to Dismissal at the conclusion of each term. OSFA will review it for students receiving merit scholarships and take action. OSFA will notify affected students by MassArt email.

If a student loses their merit scholarship, but has experienced an extenuating circumstance, they may appeal to the Institutional Scholarship Committee for reinstatement. The committee will convene on an ad hoc basis to make these decisions. The following are commonly accepted grounds for appeal based on extenuating circumstances:

  • Serious ill health
  • Personal accident or injury of a significant nature
  • Bereavement due to the loss of a close family member (parent, grandparent, guardian, sibling, child, close personal friend, etc.)
  • Victim of crime
  • Unforeseen circumstance out of your control

If a student loses their merit scholarship, submits an appeal, and the scholarship is not  reinstated, OSFA may replace scholarship aid with need-based grant assistance on a case-by-case-basis, in order to advance a student’s degree completion.

Students may receive their scholarship for up to 8 terms of enrollment. Scholarships may be extended for a 9th term in order for a student majoring in Art Education to complete their teaching credential. Scholarships will not be extended beyond 8 terms for students choosing to double-major, minor, or in any other way lengthen their time enrolled.

Students must enroll in at least 12 credits in order to receive their scholarship. If a student enrolls in 6 credits or less, their scholarship will be pro-rated to 50% of the award for that term.


Scholarships for applicants from Massachusetts

The Senator Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship
The Senator Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship covers all tuition and fee charges for four years and is awarded annually to five new students from Massachusetts. Recipients must place in the top ten percent of their class or have a grade point average of 3.75. They must also have a combined SAT score of 1200 or higher or have earned at least two grades of 3.5 (B+) or better in advanced placement or honors courses. The scholarship committee selects Tsongas scholars from the pool of accepted applicants who meet the above criteria, and who also have exemplary portfolios and other admission submissions; preference is given to those candidates demonstrating financial need.

MassArt Merit Scholarships
MassArt merit scholarships are awarded to accepted first-time freshman applicants from Massachusetts, based strictly on the merit of the student's application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for four years.

MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships
MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants from Massachusetts who are transferring to MassArt. Awards are based strictly on the merit of the student's application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for the length of time it will take the student to complete their program at MassArt.


Scholarships for applicants from New England

MassArt Merit Scholarships
MassArt merit scholarships are awarded to accepted first-time freshman applicants from New England, based strictly on the merit of the student's application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for four years.

MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships
MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants from New England who are transferring to MassArt. Awards are based strictly on the merit of the student's application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for the length of time it will take the student to complete their program at MassArt.

Trustees Scholarship
The Trustees Scholarship is the highest award for out-of-state applicants. It covers all tuition and fee charges and is renewable for up to four years. Each year, the selection committee identifies up to six Trustees Scholars. Trustees Scholarships are awarded to top academic students with outstanding portfolios who also have demonstrated financial need. The award is available to US citizens and legal permanent residents


Scholarships for out-of-state applicants

MassArt Merit Scholarships
MassArt merit scholarships are awarded to accepted first-time freshman applicants from outside of New England, based strictly on the merit of their application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for four years.

MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships
MassArt Transfer Merit Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants from outside of New England who are transferring to MassArt. Awards are based strictly on the merit of the student's application for admission to the college; financial need is not a factor. These scholarships are renewable for the length of time it will take the student to complete their program at MassArt.

Trustees Scholarship
The Trustees Scholarship is the highest award for out-of-state applicants. It covers all tuition and fee charges and is renewable for up to four years. Each year, the selection committee identifies up to six Trustees Scholars. Trustees Scholarships are awarded to top academic students with outstanding portfolios who also have demonstrated financial need. The award is available to US citizens and legal permanent residents.


MassArt Foundation Scholarships

All applicants may also be considered for an assortment of institutional scholarships based on various academic and demographic criteria. Eligible applicants are identified during the application review process, and names are forwarded to the scholarship committee for consideration. Some awards are renewable, and some are for only one year.

Named scholarships, established by generous friends and family of members of the MassArt community. 


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Student Financial Assistance receives many notices about scholarships offered from private sources outside of the college. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of all financial aid received from other sources. Types of assistance that must be reported include private scholarships, tuition waivers, veteran's benefits, Massachusetts Rehabilitation assistance, etc. Please mail a copy of your award notification to our office so we may make a note of it in your student record.

Available outside scholarship opportunities are posted on Career Development.

Scholarship Searches
In addition to reviewing the available outside scholarship opportunities posted to Career Development, students are strongly encouraged to conduct their own scholarship searches to find scholarships related to their specific interests and needs. The following is a list of scholarship search engines and resources:

  • Art Deadlines List: Art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines, for art students, art teachers, and artists of all ages, all skill levels, in all disciplines, anywhere.
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation seeks to build community and enrich the lives of all residents of Berkshire County, MA; Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, CT. They have a variety of scholarships which support any level of education and can benefit students attending a particular school, studying a particular field or living in a certain geographic area.
  • Chegg.com: A free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide, with a database containing over a billion dollars in total scholarships.
  • CollegeBoard: Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
  • CollegeNET: A scholarship database of over 600,000 awards. The Profile Search feature looks for scholarships that match your personal profile.
  • College Planning Center: Located in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square in downtown Boston, the ASA College Planning Center has compiled an excellent database of local, regional, and national scholarships.
  • CareerInfoNet.org: Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
  • FastWeb: Fastweb is the premier online resource for paying and preparing for college. Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student's educational goals, activities and interests. Additionally, Fastweb members can depend on us for insider financial aid tips and job and internship matches in their area.
  • GoodCall Scholarship Directory: GoodCall.com has amassed over $40 billion in scholarship data and is considered the leading source for students and parents searching for scholarships, grants and financial aid. GoodCall's Scholarship Directory allows you to browse through an enormous database of scholarships by a variety of key categories.
  • Rhode Island Foundation Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities: The Foundation currently manages more than 150 scholarship and fellowship funds; opportunities are listed on their website.
  • Scholarship America: The nation's largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.
  • Scholarships for Veterans: AffordableCollege.com has compiled a list of scholarships for veterans as well as active duty military servicemembers, for every branch of the military, and for families and spouses.
  • Unafraid Educators Scholarship List: Scholarship resources for undocumented students compiled by the Boston Teachers Union Unafraid Educators group.
  • Unigo (formerly ScholarshipExperts.com): Unigo provides a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background. Get unlimited access to a scholarship database of 3.6 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.

How Outside Awards May Affect Your Financial Aid
Please note, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of all outside awards received from other sources in writing. Types of assistance that must be reported include private scholarships, tuition waivers, veteran's benefits, Massachusetts Rehabilitation assistance, etc.

In some cases financial aid may have to be adjusted because of outside scholarships or assistance. If this is the case, MassArt will do everything possible within the realm of federal regulations to protect a student's grant awards, however, outside awards may reduce the student's eligibility to borrow federal funds or receive work-study. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to make certain that MassArt receives these outside scholarship funds.