Graduate Scholarships and Loan Information

Merit-Based Scholarships

Pacific Northwest College of Art awards merit-based graduate scholarships to the following programs:

  • MFA In Applied Craft and Design
  • MFA in Collaborative Design
  • MFA in Print Media
  • MFA in Visual Studies
  • MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Recipients of merit-based scholarships are selected by the Graduate Committee composed of PNCA faculty and the individual program’s Chair.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Graduate students are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program.  Interest on the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan begins to accrue from the date of disbursement. The interest rate is fixed at 6.8% and is subject to a fee of 1% off the principal at the time of disbursement.  While a student is enrolled in school, and for a six-month grace period after leaving school, no payments on the loan are due.  Applicants must file a FAFSA to be considered for an Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans

Federal Graduate Plus Loans are credit qualified funding available to graduate students. Students are eligible to defer repayment until six months after graduation. The interest rate on Graduate Plus Loans is fixed at 7.9% and is subject to a fee of 4% off the principal at the time of disbursement. Graduate students may borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid.  Applicants must file a FAFSA to be considered for a Graduate Plus loan.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Credit Criteria

Graduate student borrowers with adverse credit history are not eligible for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan without a credit qualifying endorser (co-signer).

A borrower is considered to have adverse credit history with a current delinquency of 90 or more days on any debt OR a default determination, bankruptcy discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, or wage garnishment in the last five years.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact PNCA’s Financial Aid office at any time by phone, fax, email, or in person if you have any questions or need assistance.
phone: 503 821 8971
toll free: 1 888 390 7499
fax: 503 821 8978
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PNCA Viewbook (PDF)
2013 BFA Course Catalog


Guide to Federal Student Aid
FAFSA Worksheet
Tax Benefits Guide
Parent PLUS Request Form
Grad PLUS Request Form
Dependent Verification Worksheet
Independent Verification Worksheet
IRS Data Retrieval Help
Request for Reconsideration

Award Letter Comparison

Analyze the financial aspects of the award letter, computing net and out-of-pocket costs.

Financial Aid Links

National Student Loan Data System,

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web,

Federal PIN system for an electonic signature,

Oregon Student Assistance Commission’s scholarship application

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