Financial Aid

Donor Sponsored
School Scholarships

The School of Architecture offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, and Veteran’s benefits to students who wish to apply for assistance for our degree-granting programs. The Immersion Experience and our summer programs are not eligible for financial aid.

Scholarships are merit-based, based on curricular, co-curricular and professional achievement. Additional considerations include financial need, gender and race identities, and other affiliations that contribute to a diverse student body.

The School of Architecture has several donor sponsored scholarship opportunities available for our students. Donor sponsored school scholarships are issued on a per-term basis as you progress within the program. Eligibility for scholarships must be re-established in each renewal period and is subject to funding availability, as well as considerations of your financial need and academic progress. All admissions application materials must be on file with the Admissions Office to be considered for any award. Awards are considered in order of application received.

For full consideration of the scholarship(s) listed, all applicants must be sure to reference how they meet the qualifications per the description in the Personal Statement/Essay of their application. Please reference any specific scholarship you wish to focus on and how you feel you meet the award description in your essay.

To apply for any of these scholarships, please complete the general scholarship application

Vernon D Swaback Scholarship

Full Ride

Awarded to a student with outstanding academic and professional merit, preferencing underserved and underrepresented applicants of financial need. NOTE: The Vernon D Swaback Scholarship was awarded in Fall 2022 and will not be available again until Fall 2025.

General Scholarship Fund

Amount determined on an individual basis

Awarded based on individual merit and need.

Outside Scholarships

In addition to our school-sponsored scholarships, a number of business and professional organizations offer scholarships as well.  The following links will take you to some of the organizations offering opportunities. Please note that The School of Architecture is not endorsing these entities, nor are we responsible for the content. The information is provided for your reference. Any questions about scholarships on these links should be directed to the entity offering the scholarship.

Scholarships for Domestic Students
Scholarships for International Students

Financial Aid and Eligibility

We encourage our students to apply for financial aid as early as possible prior to their tuition due date. While we will still receive and process financial aid applications after the posted due date, students are expected to pay tuition in full by the tuition due date and any financial aid award accepted will serve as reimbursement.

How Eligibility is Determined

In order to have your funds available for the beginning of the semester, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible after July 1st of each academic year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows us to determine eligibility for all federal loans.You can complete the current FAFSA form by clicking here, or downloading the using the myStudentAid app. in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). When completing the FAFSA, our Federal School Code is: 025332

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for federal aid:

Determining Cost of Attendance

The following expenses are included in a student’s budget. Budgets are based on the expenses that the student will incur during his/her enrollment period. The expenses normally included in the student budget are specified by Section 472 of the Higher Education Act.

Institutional Costs

Institutional Costs are items which have a fixed cost and are usually charged by the school to the student.

Non-Institutional Costs

Non-Institutional costs are not set by the school, but are expenses that can be considered when determining eligibility for loans.

Other Allowable Expenses

The following expenses may be approved as additions to your basic student budget. Students must contact the Director of Admissions and request a Budget Increase Form. Budget increases will not be considered without completing the form, and original invoices and receipts or other proof of payment. Budget adjustments based on these expenses will be made only once per academic year and will be met with loan funds.


Loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid with interest. You are automatically considered for federal loan funds by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans are the most common source of student loan funds available to graduate students seeking a degree. Federal Direct Loans must be repaid with interest. Federal Direct Loans offer deferments of principal payments while a student is in school and allow a six-month grace period after leaving school before repayment begins.

Unsubsidized Federal Student Loans

Graduate students are eligible to apply for Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. With this loan, the student is responsible for interest that accrues throughout the life of the loan. A student may elect to defer interest payments while in school; however, this interest will be added to the principal balance of the loan upon repayment. Therefore, we strongly recommend students pay interest on a quarterly basis to keep your loan debt under control. To learn more about student loans, including interest rates, click here.

Federal Graduate Plus Loans

The Graduate PLUS loan is a loan program for graduate students. Borrowers must not have adverse credit in order to be considered eligible. The student may borrow the full Cost of Attendance minus other forms of financial aid received. To learn more about graduate loans, including interest rates, click here.

Students may apply for deferments or forbearances for Federal loans while enrolled.

Private/Alternative Loans

After you have considered all federal loans, you may also be interested in applying for a private/alternative loan known as an Alternative Educational Loan. A private/alternative loan is a credit-based educational loan. Each individual lender sets terms and conditions, so students should shop wisely for their lender. To assist you in making decisions about which private loan is best for you, visit Credible for private loan rate comparisons. Students unable to qualify on their own may need to obtain a co-borrower/co-signer. Students may borrow up to their Cost of Attendance budget, less any other financial aid funds and resources received.

Compare Private Loans With Credible

Credible is the only student loan comparison tool that enables students and parents to compare unbiased, personalized and prequalified rates with no hidden fees and no impact to their credit. Credible is not a lender or a bank, we simply partner with the top student loan providers to offer a variety of competitive options . When considering a private student loan, it’s important to compare rates, terms and repayment options across multiple lenders to ensure you get a loan that fits your financial situation. Credible is free to use and your information will remain secure. You can find out more about Credible here.

VA Funding

Our degree programs are approved for VA Benefits. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office about application requirements. Learn more about VA Funding here.


CARES ACT: July 2020
The school has signed and returned to the department the certification and agreement.  The school intends to provide 100%  of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to the students. The school has received $1,746.The funds will be issued as financial aid grants for the upcoming fall semester beginning August 24th.There are an estimated nine students that will be enrolled and eligible to participate in the federal student financial aid programs under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.The school will be issuing the grants to fewer than 10 students. The funds will be allocated evenly to all students eligible for federal student financial aid and received as a tuition grant. The students will be notified via email, website notification, through student leadership organizations and student/faculty meetings. October 2020The School of Architecture has been allocated a total of $500,000 for emergency relief through the CARES Act, section 18004 (a)(1) and 18004(a)(3). The School has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement forms necessary to access the funds. The School of Architecture experienced a substantial loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a loss in enrollment in the M.Arch and other programs. The School intends to use a substantial portion of these funds to provide financial assistance to students within one year of receiving the funds.

CARES Act Certification
CARES Act October 31, 2020 Report
CARES Act December 31, 2020 Report
CARES Act March 31, 2021 Report
CARES Act June 30, 2021 Report
CARES Act September 30, 2021 Report
CARES Act December 31, 2021 Report
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