Graduate

All of us at the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are committed to helping you make your goal of getting a graduate education a reality. Part of that is offering a range of financial aid options to offset the costs of your education. PNCA awards over $18 million in scholarships every year, with 98 percent of students receiving institutional scholarships.

Funding Opportunities

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies offers renewable Merit Scholarships to students who demonstrate aptitude in their areas of creative practice. Merit scholarships are assessed based on the strength of the student’s application. In awarding merit scholarships we consider each student’s portfolio (if applying to a studio-based program), personal history of scholastic achievement, as well as their contributions to culture and community. Consideration is also given to traditionally underrepresented students and those who demonstrate financial need. No separate application is required to be considered for merit scholarships.

By completing your application before our Priority Deadline, February 1, annually, you have the opportunity to secure your admittance early, and access a deeper pool of Merit Scholarship funding.

We are excited to offer the PNCA Campus Visit Scholarship to applicants who visit us on campus to tour our outstanding facilities, meet with faculty, check out the studios or talk with current students. Admitted students who live 180 miles or more from PNCA receive a one-time $1000 tuition remission for their first term. You can schedule a campus tour here.

Assistantships

MFA and MA students can apply for Teaching Assistantships which afford students the opportunity to work in the classroom and gain pedagogical experience upon completion of a Critical Pedagogy class. Teaching Assistantships are competitive and are awarded on a semester basis.

Fellowships

Once admitted, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Fellowship awards specific to their selected program of study. Currently, our fellowships include:

  • Curatorial Fellowships
  • Innovative Arts Focus fellowship with KBOO Radio
  • The Watershed Print Publishing fellowship
  • Academic Support Center (ASC) Graduate Fellowship.

Additionally, all graduate programs offer alumni fellowships post-graduation. Email grad_admissions@pnca.edu for more information on Fellowships.

Internship

Internship offerings are constantly growing at PNCA and can provide graduate students with resources for networking and professionalization. BridgeLab career services help to connect students with companies and organizations seeking paid and unpaid interns. Internships are open to international students and may be taken for graduate credit.

Outside Scholarships

Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships. These can be found by searching online databases including the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool, and sites such as Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Scholarshipsportal.com.

For questions or more detailed information, contact grad_admissions@pnca.edu

For international students, information about funding and guidelines can be accessed through our International Admissions Office. Contact Rianna Robertson-LeVay at rrobertsonlevay@pnca.edu.

Work-Study

Work-study is a way for students to earn money to pay for school through part-time on- (and sometimes off-) campus jobs. The program gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while pursuing a college degree.

Unlike other types of financial aid, work-study earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who are awarded work-study receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. These earnings are meant to help with the day-to-day expenses that students have and are not meant to cover large costs like tuition and housing.

One of the benefits of earning income through a Federal Work-Study position is that those earnings do not count against you when you complete the FAFSA form.

Graduate Programs Tuition

Tuition and Fees 2020-21

Tuition (2020-2021)
$40,430 per year/$20,215 per semester
(Cost before scholarships are applied)
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$700 per year/$350 per semester
Health Insurance * $3,247 per year / $1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance)
Health Ins. Waiver

Tuition (2020-2021)
$40,430 per year/$20,215 per semester
(Cost before scholarships are applied)
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$700 per year/$350 per semester
Health Insurance * $1,375 per semester (waived if you document existing health insurance) Health Ins. Waiver

Tuition (’20-21)
$31,410 per year / $15,705 per semester (Cost before scholarships are applied)
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$700 per year/$350 per semester
Health Insurance *
$3,247 per year/1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance coverage) Health Ins. Waiver

Program costs published below apply to MA students enrolling in the Design Systems programs.

Tuition (2020-2021)
$27,600 per year / $13,800 per semester
(Cost before scholarships are applied)
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$700 per year/$350 per semester
Health Insurance *
$3,247 per year/1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance coverage) Health Ins. Waiver


Tuition (2020-2021)
$1,220 per credit (Cost before scholarships are applied)
Health Insurance *
$3,247 per year/1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance coverage) Health Ins. Waiver

Not included in costs above:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Books & Supplies

Program costs published below apply to MFA students enrolling in the Low-Residency Visual Studies program.

Tuition (2020-2021)$1,220 per credit (Cost before scholarships are applied)
Health Insurance$3,247 per year/1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance coverage) Health Ins. Waiver

Not included in costs above:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Books & Supplies

Tuition (2020-2021)
$34,490 per year / $17,245 per semester
(Cost before scholarship)
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$700 per year/ $350 per semester
Health Insurance *
$3,247 per year/1,623.50 per semester (waived with existing health insurance coverage) Health Ins. Waiver

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offers

There are many ways PNCA works with you to offset the costs of your education. A Financial Aid Offer to help you meet the costs of your education might include the following:

Other Aid

Loans and Scholarships

Pacific Northwest College of Art awards merit-based graduate scholarships to all accepted domestic and international applicants for the following programs:

  • MFA in Applied Craft and Design
  • MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems
  • MFA in Print Media
  • MFA in Visual Studies
  • MFA in Visual Studies - Low Residency
  • MA in Critical Studies

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

PNCA is offering scholarships for Black, African American, and Indigenous, Native American, or non-Black students of color with demonstrated financial need.

These scholarships are identified as leadership scholarships that both assist in the financial aspect of pursuing a Graduate degree and support the pursuit of leadership skills. Recipients will be provided opportunities to shape and build their leadership acumen including, the mentoring of other students, joining the PNCA Equity and Social Justice Action Committee, being a leader in the Graduate Council or working as a teaching assistant, as well as other forms of engagement. The HFSGS values our students' artistic, design, and critical thinking skills and wants to contribute to their growth as future leaders who can influence the social well-being of our communities.

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  • Laura Russo Scholarship (Visual Studies)
  • Wilbur Larson Memorial Scholarship (Applied Craft + Design)

Work-study is a way for students to earn money to pay for school through part-time on- (and sometimes off-) campus jobs. The program gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while pursuing a college degree.

Unlike other types of financial aid, work-study earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who are awarded work-study receive the funds in a paycheck as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. These earnings are meant to help with the day-to-day expenses that students have and are not meant to cover large costs like tuition and housing.

One of the benefits of earning income through a Federal Work-Study position is that those earnings do not count against you when you complete the FAFSA form.

Graduate students may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year in the Direct Loan Program. Interest on the Loan begins to accrue from the date of disbursement. While a student is enrolled in school half-time, and for a six-month grace period after leaving school, no payments on the loan are due. Applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for an Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

The interest rate for Direct Loans borrowed between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, is 6.08%. The current loan fee is 1.059% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. The variable interest rate on most federally guaranteed student loans is readjusted annually based on the final 91-day T-bill auction prior to June 1 and is effective July 1.

The school will first apply loan funds to your student account to pay for tuition, fees, and other school charges. If any loan funds remain, you will receive a refund to help pay other education-related expenses.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans are credit qualified funding available to graduate students. Students are eligible to defer repayment until six months after graduation. Graduate students may borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. Applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a Graduate PLUS loan.

The current interest rate for Federal Graduate PLUS Loans borrowed between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, is 7.08%. The current loan fee is 4.236% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. Loan fees are subject to change.

The school will first apply grad PLUS loan funds to your student account to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and other school charges. If any loan funds remain, you will receive a refund to help pay other education-related expenses.

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

A borrower is considered to have adverse credit history having one or more debts with a total combined outstanding balance greater than $2,085 that is 90 or more days delinquent as of the date of the credit report, or that have been placed in collection or charged off (written off) during the two years preceding the date of the credit report. A borrower is also considered to have adverse credit history, if during the five years preceding the date of the credit report, they have been subject to a default determination, bankruptcy, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of any federal student aid debt.

A private student loan is a non-government loan specifically for students borrowed through a private lender. You can borrow the remainder of tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses and transportation costs up to a yearly maximum amount. Private student loans do require credit approval, and many students need a co-signer to qualify.

Before you apply for a private student loan, you should explore all available federal student aid assistance by applying through the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply for federal student aid at www.fafsa.gov. The terms and conditions of federal student loan programs may be more favorable than that of private education loans. Be aware that while some private loan programs offer benefits similar to federal student loans, they are not always the same. If you choose to borrow a private student loan, make sure you understand the interest rate, fees, deferment options and repayment terms for the loan program you select. If you need assistance in reviewing your federal aid options or have questions about private loans, please contact PNCA’s Financial Aid Office.

Additional requirements:

  • Most private loan programs require that you are attending at least half-time (6 credits) each semester that you receiving funding.
  • You must credit-qualify with your selected lender before receiving private loan funding. Many students will choose to apply with a credit-worthy consigner to increase the likelihood of approval.
  • The amount you can apply for depends upon the other aid you have received or will receive for the current academic year. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to make sure the amount you wish to borrow is within acceptable limits.
  • Please borrow conservatively. College is expensive, but there may be alternatives to borrowing additional funds to meet your expenses. Make sure you are only borrowing private funding if it is absolutely necessary.

Private scholarships are a source of free money that can be found from a variety of resources. Companies, foundations, public organizations and other membership groups are the most common sources for private scholarships. You may use search websites specific to this purpose such as:

You may also search based on artistic or scholastic merit, nationality, religion, employment, physical attributes, disabilities, hobbies or any number of special characteristics about you and/or your family. Contact PNCA's Financial Aid Office for additional scholarship resources.

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • 1

    Apply for admission to PNCA

  • 2

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at www.fafsa.gov. PNCA’s Title IV school code, required for the FAFSA, is 003207.

  • 3

    Receive your PNCA Financial Aid Offer by e-mail. After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education. We receive a copy of your SAR as well. Once your SAR has been received we get your aid offer out to you within 2-3 weeks of your official admission date.

Payments and Refund Policy

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are due in full prior to the start of each semester. Deferred payments may be allowed on a case by case basis. Students have until 7 days prior to the first day of the semester to make or arrange payment. Balances must be paid in full on or before the last day of class during the semester for which tuition payments have been deferred. A service fee will be charged for any deferred payments.

Standard MFA Programs Refund Schedule

Refunds are calculated on the following schedule for students who have officially withdrawn from PNCA:

Official withdrawal before the first week of classes:100% of tuition refunded
Official withdrawal during: first week of classes 100% of tuition refunded
Second week of classes
(last day for drop/add 9/11/20)
100% of tuition refunded
Second week of classes100% of tuition refunded
Third week of classes
(full refund)
100% of tuition refunded
Fourth week of classes
(full refund extension 9/30/20)
100% of tuition refunded
Fifth week of classes 50% of tuition refunded
Sixth week of classes 40% of tuition refunded
Seventh week of classes 30% of tuition refunded
Eighth week of classes 20% of tuition refunded


No tuition refunds will be made for students officially withdrawing after the ninth week of classes, or for those students who unofficially withdraw (i.e. all F grades due to lack of attendance). Refunds apply to tuition only; fees are not refundable. Tuition and fees cannot transfer to another semester, nor will PNCA reduce tuition due to absence from class, regardless of reason. The Financial Aid Office calculates refund amounts for all students. PNCA follows the Return of Title IV Funds policy with regard to the return of federal (Title IV) student financial aid. Students should be aware that they may owe a balance to PNCA if they officially withdraw from school; the amount of that balance will be determined by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the Refund Policy stated above and the Return of Title IV Funds policy as stated in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Additional information can be found in the student handbook or by request of the Financial Aid Office.

Get in touch

We are here to help you sort through the Financial Aid process. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or need assistance. Our office is open M-F, 9am-5pm PST.

Office of Financial Aid
financialaid@pnca.edu
503.821.8971
fax: 971.242.3865

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