Need-Based Aid: We award need-based grants to qualifying students with the goal of providing assistance that will allow our admitted students to be able to afford the cost of their education. Students who meet eligibility requirements for federal financial aid and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible for federal loans and possibly for Federal Work Study. In addition, many students qualify for a Cranbrook Need-Based Grant based on the information collected on the FAFSA. Click here to learn more about Need-Based Aid.
Non-Need-Based Aid: The Academy seeks to enroll a diverse class, with students who come from various backgrounds and have a wide variety of experiences. We award scholarships, fellowships and supplemental grants to select applicants based on our desire to enroll top students as well as our commitment to securing a diverse class. Several partial-tuition scholarships are awarded in each of the Academy’s 11 departments, and one full-tuition fellowship is awarded in select departments (announced each year). This aid is awarded based on information provided in student applications and interactions our Artists-in-Residence have with applicants through telephone, Skype or in-person interviews; there is no separate application process.
In addition, because we encourage prospective students to be proactive in applying for outside scholarships, our Non-Need-Based Aid section on the website includes some links to outside scholarship search links and some select outside scholarship programs. Click here to learn more about Non-Need-Based Aid.