Admissions Scholarships & Aid

Scholarships & Aid

Study abroad is an investment in your future from which you will reap lifelong rewards. It will forever change the way you perceive yourself and the world around you. SACI makes every effort to make study abroad in Florence, Italy, an achievable goal for every student.

Any/all Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. In addition, SACI offers a generous scholarship awards program for deserving students each term. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit (including Gap Year) may apply for SACI scholarships.


General Information on SACI Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI such as the David Davidson Scholarship Fund, the Jules Maidoff Scholarship, and several other SACI scholarships. Additionally, the SACI Consortium Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship offered each Fall and Spring to a student coming from a SACI Consortium school. There are also many more scholarship resources available for BGSU students and general applicants. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements. Learn more about study abroad scholarships offered at SACI.

SACI Scholarship Application Deadlines

For scholarship application deadlines, please select the program of your choice in the Admissions section, then click on "Key Dates & Deadlines."

How To Apply for a SACI Scholarship

Below you will find complete instructions for applying for all SACI scholarships, except for the SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship, which requires additional steps. Please note that it is not necessary to submit a portfolio or a Statement of Intent for Late Spring & Summer Scholarships. For all other scholarships, please read the list below carefully as all requirements must be met in order to apply.

Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship

Submit a portfolio of 15-20 images, five minutes of video, or two art history writing samples. Portfolios should demonstrate your strongest and most recent artwork either in a breadth of media or a media focus. You must submit your portfolio of work online, via SACI’s electronic portfolio provider. SACI does not require a payment for submitting an ePortfolio. Upon submission of your SACI Online Application, you will receive an email with a link for submission of your ePortfolio and your Statement of Intent. Acceptable file formats and sizes for ePortfolios are: Images: JPEG at a resolution of 72 dpi which must be no larger than 600 pixels in the longest direction. Videos: .flv, .wv, .mov—up to 60 MB each and no longer than five minutes. Text documents: PDF format up to 10 MB each. All media submissions must include an inventory list with title, medium, size, date, and description.

Provide a Statement of Intent regarding why you plan to study at SACI. Your Statement of Intent must be submitted online along with your portfolio, via SACI’s electronic portfolio provider. PDFs of up to 10 MB are accepted.

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (SACI’s Federal School Code is G30501) at least four weeks in advance of the above deadlines. International applicants who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA must submit SACI's International Student Financial Information Questionnaire as well as any and all documentation supporting the information provided in the questionnaire, such as all provider’s Annual Income Tax Returns. 

Complete all SACI general admission requirements.

No applicant will be considered who has not provided all the required materials by the scholarship deadline. There are no exceptions. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to submit all materials by the deadline and to make certain that they have been received. Applicants will be notified via letter of scholarship award decisions within the month following the scholarship application deadline.

Federal Aid

U.S. Federal Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students

Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring term, and Summer term students should consult their home institution’s financial aid office regarding their federal financial aid. Current federal regulations permit applying federal monies to study abroad. Students should also check with their university’s financial aid office about applying private university funds to study abroad. Students who are accepted into SACI and are receiving financial aid from their home school must have their home school financial aid office complete a SACI Promissory Note. The SACI Promissory Note can also be found in the Admitted Students section of MySACI.

U.S. Federal Financial Aid for Graduate Students

SACI directly administers Federal Financial Aid in the form of U.S. government loans only for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who meet all other additional eligibility requirements only for its Graduate Programs: The Post Baccalaureate Certificate Year Abroad Programs, the MFA Two Year-Degree Programs, the Summer Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, and the MA in Art History program. SACI is authorized to process Federal Direct Student Loans for the Unsubsidized Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loan Programs only, and does not administer PELL Grants, work-study, or any other forms of federal aid. Links to a Graduate Guide to Financial Aid and an estimate of Projected Costs of Attendance for SACI Graduate Programs can be found on the right side of this page. To get started with your free application for Federal Student Aid, complete your application here:

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for students in SACI graduate programs who are receiving Federal Financial Aid can be found in the Policies section.

For more information on Federal Aid through SACI, please contact by email SACI's Financial Aid Administrator.

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