AICAD schools offer financial aid packages which are typically based on a student's merit and financial need. In order to be considered for any type of financial aid (excluding some purely merit-based scholarships) at AICAD schools, students will be required to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile) - an additional form distributed by the College Board and used to award nonfederal, need-based financial aid.
Important Note: Submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the posted deadline as forms submitted after these dates are considered only in light of available resources.
In addition to financial aid offered through colleges directly, there are local, state, federal, and other private sources of financial assistance. There are hundreds of websites and apps to help students and parents explore these opportunities, as well as understand how to pay for college in general.
Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities at careeronestop.
The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid at FinAid is a free and comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools.
Fastweb is an online resource for finding targeted scholarships based on strengths, interests and skills.
The Federal Student Aid Office of the US Department of Education has a comprehensive website that outlines detailed information on governmental aid.
NerdScholar offers resources to walk students through financial aid forms. NerdScholar’s FAFSA guide, created with a grant from the Gates Foundation, is designed to walk you through it step by step (keep it open as you fill out the FAFSA).
MoneyGeek, the Guide to Graduating Debt-Free, provides an extensive list of alternative ways to pay for college, ranging from scholarships and grants to newer strategies such as raising money through online crowdfunding campaigns.
ScholarshipExperts.com by Unigo is a full scholarship directory, where you can browse millions of scholarships in multiple categories, including scholarship contests, merit-based scholarships, minority scholarships, state scholarships and "weird" scholarships.
SALT is a free, nonprofit-backed educational program that helps every student who wants a college degree to get it in a financially responsible way. SALT offers a search tool for finding scholarships, internships, and jobs, a comparison tool for student loan borrowing options, and resources to develop a personalized student loan repayment plan.
Open Education Database (OEDB.org) lists scholarships and grants specifically for African American students.
Resources to help international students pay for college
AICAD schools are partners in the Scholarship Network of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, organizers of the annual Scholastic Awards. Student winners may be eligible for scholarships upon admittance to a participating AICAD school.
All students who have completed CSSSA (California State Summer School for the Arts), are eligible to be considered for college scholarships from several affiliated AICAD schools (should they gain admission), including:
Students apply for admission within regular application guidelines (identifying themselves as CSSSA alum) and CSSSA scholarship awards are made by the school directly.
GoGrad.org features a comprehensive section on their website for Paying For Your Masters Degree.