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Financial Aid

  • School Sponsored Scholarships

    The School of Architecture at Taliesin has many scholarship opportunities available for our students.

    All students are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities upon application and acceptance to The School of Architecture at Taliesin. No separate application is required; 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 until all funding has been exhausted. Students are automatically considered for renewal each year based on academic progress.

    For full consideration of the scholarship(s) below, 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. Current students who wish to be considered for the scholarships below must submit a personal essay on how they meet the criteria within the description.

    Charles Patterson ScholarshipAwarded to an International female student who excels in music or other forms of art.$1,500-$2,000
    David Lakamp ScholarshipA warded to continuing students who show special interest & talent in experimental architecture and notion of learning by doing. [Need Based]$2,000-$2,500
    DuBow ScholarshipAwarded to students who shot interest in social responsibility and cultural diversity.$5,000-$7,500
    FLLWSA Endowment ScholarshipsAwarded to continuing students only. [Merit and Need Based]$5,000-$10,000
    Greg E. Kollman ScholarshipAwarded to continuing and new students. [Merit and Need Based]$10,000
    Joe Fabris ScholarshipAwarded to continuing students and new students. [Merit Based]$1,500-$2,000
    Rattenbury ScholarshipAwarded to International students$2,500-$5,000
    Ravenscroft ScholarshipAwarded to students with musical abilities that can see architecture through other arts$10,000
    Richard Carney ScholarshipAwarded to students who show leadership traits and ability.$2,000-$5,000
    Walter and Clara Goldschmidt ScholarshipAwarded to continuing students and new students. [Merit and Need Based]$10,000
    William Wes Peters ScholarshipAwarded to students demonstrating proficiency in structural engineering.$2,500-$5,000
  • Loans

    Loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid with interest. You are automatically considered for federal loan funds by completing your FAFSA form.

    You can complete the 2019–20 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. Download the myStudentAid app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

    Federal School Code: 02533200

    • Types of Loans Available

      • Federal Direct Loans

        Federal Direct Loans are the most common source of student loan funds made available to students seeking a degree or certificate. 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. Depending on a student’s need as calculated by the U.S Department of Education, a Federal Direct Loan may be offered as a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, or as a combination of the two.

      • Unsubsidized Staford Loans

        Qualified students, regardless of their income or assets, may take out Unsubsidized Stafford loans.  Students must meet all of the same requirements as those for Subsidized loans, except they do not need to demonstrate financial need.  With an Unsubsidized Stafford 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 their loan debt under control.  The fixed interest rate for all Unsubsidized loans beginning July 1, 2008 is 6.6%.

      • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

        The Graduate PLUS loan is a loan program for graduate students. Borrowers must pass a credit check and may borrow the full “cost of attendance” minus other forms of financial aid received. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9% for loans disbursed after July 1, 2009. (Loans disbursed prior to July 1, 2009 have a fixed interest rate of 7.6%.)
        Students may apply for deferments 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.  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.

    • Eligibility

      Some award programs have limited funding, therefore, 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

        Because some funds are limited, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible each academic year.
        The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows us to determine eligibility for all federal, state and campus-based grant and loan programs available. The purpose of the FAFSA is to collect pertinent information about your household, income, and assets.  Once the data is collected, it is computed by a congressional formula to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure.  The EFC represents your family’s financial strength as well as the amount of discretionary income a family should be able to contribute towards education.  The EFC, along with a student’s degree program, academic grade level and aid history, are all factored into a formula to determine the types and amounts of aid we offer based on funds availability.  We will always offer the maximum possible award for each aid program for which a student may qualify.  Because some funds are limited, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible each academic year.

        Special Circumstances

        The FAFSA collects data and evaluates your family’s financial strength based on the prior year’s income information.  If you have experienced extenuating circumstances (loss of employment, death, divorce, etc.), which will affect your family current income information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. In some cases, a change may result in a lower EFC but may not affect your overall award package. By answering a few questions, we will be able to determine if it would be worthwhile to pursue a petition and advise you of the supporting documentation required for your unique situation.

      • Eligibility Requirements

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

        1. Enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student

        • Cannot be simultaneously enrolled in elementary or secondary school beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in their state or the college’s state.

        2. Demonstrates Ability-to-Benefit:

        • Earned a High school diploma, GED or equivalent
        • (Homeschooling is acceptable if learning was completed within a state that recognizes homeschooling)
        • Conferred Associate Degree
        • Pass a federally approved ATB test

        3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
        4. Enrolled at least half-time ( Taliesin does not accept part-time students)
        5. Does not have a disqualifying federal or state drug conviction
        6. Has a U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Non-Citizen Status

        • U.S. Citizen or National,
        • U.S. permanent resident,
        • Citizen of the Freely Associates States:
              • Federated States of Micronesia
              • Republic of Palau
              • Marshall Islands
              • Other eligible non-citizens for the following INS/DHS Statuses
              • Refugee
              • Granted Asylum
              • Conditional entrants
              • Paroled into the U.S. for at least one year
              • Cuban-Haitian entrants (Not Eligible: family unity, temporary resident, non- immigrant  visas)

        7. Not in default on a federal education loan

        • A federal education loan included in bankruptcy may affect eligibility. Total & Permanent Disability cancellation of a federal education loan may affect eligibility.

        8. Do not owe on a Federal grant overpayment
        9. Provide the correct name, date of birth, and social security number (confirmed with the Social Security Administration)
        10. Males born after 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

    • VA Funding

      VA Funding

      Our Degree programs are approved for VA Benefits. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office about application requirements.