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Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Scholarships and grants are considered gift aid, as these awards do not have to be paid back. Loans and work-study are considered self-help, as students must repay loans or work to earn the award. Students are considered for merit based awards because of their academic performance and achievement while a student's financial information is considered for need based awards.

Continuing Education

Self-Help

Alternative Financial Option

  • Private Loans
    Private loans are available to students through various lenders. SVA recommends that you evaluate all private loan options. Please contact our office for information on programs specifically designed for continuing education students.
Graduate

Gift-Aid

  • SVA Graduate Department Scholarships
    Award Description: Merit based award available from Graduate department chairpersons.
  • SVA Matching Outside Scholarships
    Award Description: SVA matching scholarship available to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. SVA will match 25% of any outside scholarship, up to $2500, that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA.
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Self-Help

  • Federal Stafford Loans
    Award Description: Federal need based loan available to full- and part-time students. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and loan amounts based on the student's financial need. Graduate students are eligible for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and the student is responsible for the interest accrued during their period of enrollment.
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans (GradPLUS) 
    Loan Description: Loan opportunity available to graduate students who do not have an adverse credit history. Graduate students may borrow up to the entire cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance.
  • Federal Work-Study
    Program Description: Federal need based employment award providing on- and off-campus employment opportunities. Most positions are with professionals in the field of the student's choice and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Undergraduate

MERIT BASED AWARDS

  • Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship
    Award Description: Named for SVA's founder, this competition awards scholarships to applicants from the United States and abroad. The scholarships are awarded strictly on merit and recognize the creative and academic achievements of applicants. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for scholarship eligibility. In order to be considered for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship, first-time freshmen applicants must submit all admissions materials postmarked by February 1, 2014, and transfer applicants must submit all admissions materials postmarked by March 1, 2014. Admissions materials include a digital portfolio on CD-R or uploaded to http://sva.slideroom.com. SVA does not require a separate application for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship or Chairman's Merit Award. If applicants submit all materials by the specified deadline and have a minimum 3.0 GPA, their application will be automatically reviewed for scholarship. Only scholarship winners will be notified of an award.
  • Chairman's Merit Award
    Award Description: Merit based award available to first-year undergraduate students enrolled on a full-time basis, minimum 12 credits per semester.
  • National Scholastic Art Award Scholarships
    Award Description: Merit based award available to full-time undergraduate students who are eligible for the Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship. Two scholarships are awarded to SVA applicants each year.


NEED BASED GRANTS

  • SVA Grant
    Award Description: SVA need based grant available to full-time students. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and grant amounts based on individual financial need.
  • SVA Matching Outside Scholarships
    Award Description: SVA matching scholarship available to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. SVA will match 25% of any outside scholarship, up to $2500, that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA.
  • Federal Pell Grant
    Award Description: Federal need based grant available to full- and part-time students (at least 6 credits per semester).
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    Award Description: Federal need based grant available to full- and part-time students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.
  • New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
    Award Description: New York State need based grant available to full-time matriculated students who are legal residents of New York State.
  • New York State Aid for Part Time Study (APTS)
    Award Description: New York State need based grant available to part-time (3-11 credits per semester) matriculated undergraduate students who are legal residents of New York State.
  • We also recommend these award-winning sites which provide extensive financial aid information and additional sources of information:
    Financial Aid Links:

Self-Help

  • Federal Perkins Loan
    Award Description: Federal need based loan available to full- and part-time students. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and loan amounts based on the student's financial need and the funding available from the federal government.
  • Federal Stafford Loans
    Award Description: Federal need based loan available to full- and part-time students. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility and loan amounts based on the student's financial need. Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized: The Stafford Loan has two variations, Subsidized and Unsubsidized. If the student demonstrates financial need, the federal government pays the interest (subsidizes) on the loan during the student's period of enrollment. Students with no financial need are eligible for the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and the student is responsible for the interest accrued during their period of enrollment.
  • Federal Work-Study
    Program Description: Federal need based employment award providing on- and off-campus employment opportunities. Most positions are with professionals in the field of the student's choice and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Federal Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students (FPLUS)
    Loan Description: Loan opportunity available to parents of dependent students who do not have an adverse credit history. Parents may borrow up to the entire cost of a student's education (including living expenses) less other financial aid from participating lenders.
  • Private Education Loans
    Private Education Loans are available to students and parents through various lenders. SVA recommends that you review borrowing options through the federal loan programs first and then evaluate the private loan options. Please contact our office for additional information.

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