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.

Scholarships for applicants from Massachusetts

Scholarships for applicants from New England

Scholarships for Out-of-State applicants

MassArt Foundation Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

 

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. Award amounts range from $1,000-2,000 and the scholarship is renewable for four years.

A Note on the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

MassArt does not participate in the Adams Scholarship program since we do not receive funding for this scholarship program from the Commonwealth. MassArt's special status within the state's higher education system makes us more dependent on tuition revenue than the other state colleges. In our New Partnership Agreement, the College accepted a reduced appropriation from the state in exchange for the ability to retain tuition revenue. This arrangement means that tuition waivers which are not reimbursed by the Commonwealth, including the Adams Scholarship, directly reduce the resources available to maintain quality academic programs, which is our highest priority.

Currently, there is no approved mechanism for the College to receive reimbursement for Adams Scholarships. Despite the lack of funding, MassArt enrolls a large number of students who receive the Adams Scholarship designation. Through our long-standing and successful need-based financial aid program, MassArt continues its strong commitment to directing financial aid resources to the best-qualified students, ones with academic and artistic potential. This includes grant assistance for many students from middle-income families.

 

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. Award amounts range from $2,000-$3,000 and the scholarship is renewable for four years.

Trustees Scholarship

The Trustees Scholarship is the highest award for applicants from New England. It covers all tuition and fee charges and is renewable for up to four years. Each year, the selection committee identifies up to three Trustees Scholars. Trustees Scholarships are awarded to top academic students with outstanding portfolios who also have demonstrated financial need.

 

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. Award amounts range from $3,000-$17,500, and the scholarship is 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. Award amounts range from $3,000-$5,000 and the scholarship is renewable for four years.

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.

 

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. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. 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 visit Outside Scholarship Opportunities for more information on finding outside scholarships.

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.