Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid
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 $1.8 million in scholarships every year, with 100% percent of undergraduate and graduate students receiving institutional scholarships.
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 early action deadline on December 2, you will be guaranteed an admission decision by the end of December while additionally accessing a deeper pool of merit scholarship funding. If you miss the early action deadline, you still can meet the priority deadline on January 20 to maximize your scholarship funding as well.
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.
Once admitted, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Fellowship awards specific to their selected program of study. Currently, our fellowships include:
More information about Assistantships and Fellowships on our Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships home page.
Internship offerings are constantly growing at PNCA and can provide graduate students with resources for networking and professionalization. The Office of Career Design 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.
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.
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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.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Apply for admission to PNCA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Willamette University’s Title IV school code, required for the FAFSA, is 003227.
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.
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
View Willamette's Student Accounts Refund Policy here: