Visual Art Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

Student paintings from the annual Scholarship Exhibition

The Department of Visual Art offers dozens of scholarships and awards to exemplary students. Continuing students may receive merit-based support through the annual Visual Art Scholarship Exhibition. Graduating seniors may also apply for the Visual Art PDAA (Professional Development Assistance Award) to assist them with launching their careers after graduation. 

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students.

Incoming freshman and transfer students are automatically eligible for scholarships based on their admission materials and Slideroom portfolio. Completed portfolios must be received in Slideroom by February 1st to be considered. No other action is required. Recipients will be notified via email. 

Annual Visual Art Scholarship Exhibition and Open House. 

The show is a celebration of the year's deeply creative output and the talent and creative diversity of our students. Each spring, professors nominate students to participate based upon talent, work ethic, and class attendance. Artwork is judged on a Saturday and there is an Open House to the public to share in the success of the student’s hard work. Scholarships are awarded for the next fall/spring semesters. The annual student scholarship exhibition is also an excellent time for teachers and students to visit the Department of Visual Art to see a wide range of strong student artwork. An opening event and Reception for the artists kicks off the show. The event is also an opportunity to visit open graduate and undergraduate studios. We encourage the community to join us and share the excitement of the exhibition with current KU Visual Art students. This event is free and open to the public. 

Professional Development Assistance Award.

Every year, the Department of Visual Art grants Professional Development Assistance Awards to graduating seniors and graduating MFA/MA students to financially assist in their post-graduate professional activities. These can include gallery exhibition, artist residency, professional workshops, internships, professional materials developments, such as websites and other published promotional materials, research travels-connected to a project or special intent, etc. The awards are given on the basis of merit and quality of the submitted professional development proposal and accompanying budget proposal, applicant’s academic record, creative work, résumé, and artist statement.

School of the Arts Travel Fund.

If you're a School of the Arts student, you have the extra perk of applying for a travel grant. Applications are due the first day of each month. You must apply for a travel grant at least one month before the month of your travel. Any travel before that date will be automatically denied. We encourage applying early, if you know about your travel in advance!

Please click here for more information. 

School of the Arts Research Project Grants.

The arts have a role to play in framing interpreting, and solving the pressing challenges of our day. The Arts Research Project Grants provide support for original, independent creative and scholarly research by students in the School of the Arts.

Please click here for more information. 

Additional Resources and Information.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to go to the KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship (FAS) website to review other possibilities for financial aid.

The 4-Year Tuition Compact.

For first-time freshmen only. The 4-year tuition compact provides an established fixed tuition rate for four calendar years. No increase in the rate for four years. It also sets the campus and course fee levels for those four years so the costs are known in advance. The fixed rate is in effect for four calendar years (includes summer sessions) from the time the student enrolls in KU. When it expires, students must pay the going standard rate. Four years is the time it takes for a student, taking 16 hours of courses a semester, to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. The compact is not a tuition discount or savings plan. It does however give students and families the ability to calculate the cost of tuition and fees for an entire college degree. Over the past 30 years, tuition has increased an average of 9 percent a year. The fall 2007 fixed rate assumes a 6 percent increase each year. The rates for any given year are established by the Kansas Board of Regents typically around the last week of June.

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (for undergraduate, non-resident applicants).

Qualified students will be charged tuition at a rate equivalent to 1.5 times the in-state or resident rate. The Midwest Student Exchange Program » covers up to four years of undergraduate study. 

To qualify, a student must:

  1. Be a legal resident of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin.
  2. Achieve a high school GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Have a composite score of at least 24 on the ACT or 1090 on the SAT.

All undergraduate degrees in the Department of Visual Art are eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program.


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