Financial Aid

An application for financial aid will have no effect on the admission decision. The Graduate School of Art strives to provide aid to as many fellows as possible. Financial aid packages most often consist of a combination of fellowships or scholarships, teaching and/or technical assistantships, and loan assistance.

Admissions and awards of financial aid are for the specific academic year, but accepted applicants may request deferment of admission for up to one year. Fellowship, scholarship, and assistantship awards are renewable for the second year of study. You must reapply for loan assistance each year.

During the 2018-19 academic year, 100 percent of graduate art students received scholarship/remission assistance. Scholarship/remission awards ranged from $5,000 to $42,380 annually, depending on each individual's situation.

Instructions for applying for financial aid are outlined below. For information about tuition and fees for the Graduate School of Art, click here.

All inquiries and materials pertaining to financial aid should be directed to:

Todd Farr
Financial Aid Awards Associate
Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Campus Box 1031
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
Phone: 314.935.3642
Fax: 314.935.6462


Applicants for financial aid who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must submit the federal government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application can be completed online at When completing the FAFSA, please include Washington University's code (002520) in Step 6 of the form to ensure that financial data will be received as needed.

Citizens of other countries who do not hold U.S. permanent resident status must submit an International Student Application for Graduate Financial Aid. Click here to download the pdf version of the 2019-2020 form.


Financial Aid Applications are due February 15.


All financial aid applicants are considered for available Sam Fox School fellowships and scholarships, as well as partial-tuition remission art scholarships. Each year, the MFA in Visual Art will award one full-tuition scholarship to an incoming student; other  awards range from 25 percent to 75 percent of tuition.

Merit-based awards offered by the MFA in Visual Art include the Ernestine Betsberg and Arthur Osver Scholarship, the McMillan Graduate Scholarship, and the Henrietta Wahlert Graduate Scholarship.

Several university-wide fellowships and scholarships are available to all graduate students that require a separate application. For full details about these and other scholarships, click here>>


Federal guaranteed loans are available to students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who meet all eligibility requirements and who have submitted the FAFSA. Loans available to graduate students include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Teaching and Technical Assistantships

Students are awarded teaching assistantships based on the strength of their applications and portfolios. Teaching assistants work about 10 hours per week and earn up to $2,000 per semester. Students are paid on a biweekly schedule for work completed. Teaching assistantships are limited in number for first-year MFA candidates; notification of this award will be included in any scholarship offer. All second-year MFA candidates are eligible for a teaching assistant position. In addition to teaching assistanships offered in the Sam Fox School, a limited number of assistantships are also offered for compensation through other programs at WashU.