Admissions Scholarships & Federal 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 by offering a generous scholarship awards program for deserving students each term. In addition, any/all Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university for undergraduate study can be transferred to cover fees for SACI.

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. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit (including Gap Year) may apply for 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.

For information about scholarship deadlines, see your program of study in the How to Apply for SACI Scholarships section on this page. 

  • David Davidson Scholarship Fund

    Established in December 2017 with a generous donation by the Jay Pritzker Foundation, the David Davidson Scholarship Fund is named in memory of SACI's Vice President and Dean, David Davidson. David served as SACI Dean for 17 years and was instrumental in developing SACI's Graduate Programs. This scholarship is in honor of his immense contribution to SACI and the passionate support David gave to students in the arts throughout his tenure as Dean. Full and partial scholarships from this fund are awarded to both graduate and undergraduate students based on exceptional artistic or design talent and academic ability, as well as demonstrated financial need.

  • Consortium Scholarship

    Full-tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship

    The Full-Tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship is awarded only in the Fall and Spring semesters. A student may receive this scholarship for his or her first semester of study at SACI only. The scholarship is based on both artistic and/or academic ability and demonstrated financial need. (Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the Full-Tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship are automatically reviewed for other SACI Consortium scholarship awards.)

    Other SACI Consortium Scholarships

    SACI also awards numerous other SACI Consortium scholarships in the Fall, Spring, Late Spring and Summer. Students must be attending SACI Consortium schools and demonstrate artistic and/or academic merit and financial need.

    Eligibility

    The competition is open to students who are currently attending a SACI Consortium School. View a complete list of SACI Consortium schools.

    Application

    All scholarship applicants from SACI Consortium schools are automatically reviewed for these awards.

  • Jules Maidoff Scholarship

    The Jules Maidoff Scholarship is named after the founder and Director Emeritus of SACI. This is a $2,500 tuition scholarship and is offered only on the basis of exceptional talent and need.

  • Other SACI Scholarships

    SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship

    The SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded in the Fall and Spring term to the son or daughter of a SACI alum. Students must fulfill the same requirements as other SACI scholarship applicants. In addition, they must submit a statement indicating the name of the parent who attended SACI and the dates of his or her attendance. Applicants must submit all required materials by the scholarship deadlines. (Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship are automatically reviewed for other SACI scholarship awards.)

    The Gillian Award

    This scholarship is named after Gillian Tilbury, former wife of SACI founder Jules Maidoff. Gillian, deceased in 1984, was one of the key figures for SACI's birth. The Gillian Award is open to a female artist with demonstrated artistic achievement who will be attending in both the Fall and Spring terms. This award offers the unique opportunity to an aspiring fine artist to live and work in Florence, utilizing all the resources of SACI. The recipient receives a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

    Anna K. Meredith Scholarships

    The Anna K. Meredith Scholarship is an award of $2,000 for undergraduate study in a Fall or Spring term.

    International Incentive Awards

    The International Incentive Awards have been established by SACI to encourage participation in study abroad programs by members of traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups and other minority groups. Applicants should be either sophomores or juniors with a demonstrated ability in the studio arts and with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Up to two scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded for the Fall and Spring terms.

    Clare Brett Smith Scholarship

    This scholarship was instituted by Clare Brett Smith, photographer, teacher, former board member of SACI, as well as founder of Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that helps artisan women world wide to develop their skills and careers.The Clare Brett Smith Scholarship awards $1,000 per term to a student in photography.

    Lele Cassin Scholarship

    Lele Cassin was a student of Fellini and former much loved teacher of documentary film at SACI. The Lele Cassin Scholarship, founded in his honor and loving memory, awards $1,000 per term to a student with ability in video production. Applicants should submit a short video (no longer than 15 minutes) of the applicant’s work.

    Round Trip Tickets to Florence

    Two free roundtrip tickets to Florence are made possible by an anonymous donor for students who attend SACI in the Spring term. Valid only on SACI’s Spring term group flight from New York, these tickets are awarded as part of the SACI scholarship competition.

  • Additional Scholarship Sources

    A wide variety of arts groups, civic groups, and other organization offer scholarships to students interested specifically in study abroad. 

    Download our guide for Additional Scholarship Sources.

    For further information, please contact the admissions office.

How to Apply for SACI Scholarships

Below you will find complete instructions for applying for all SACI scholarships. Applicants must complete all SACI general admission requirements by the scholarship deadline to be considered for a SACI scholarship. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to submit all materials by the deadline and to make certain they have been received.

Applicants will be notified via letter of scholarship award decisions within the month following the scholarship application deadline.

  • Academic Year / Semester Abroad

    Scholarship applicants must submit the following items, along with their completed application, by the scholarship deadline. 

    Fall Term March 15
    Spring Term October 15

    1. Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements.

    2. Portfolio and Statement of Intent: Once you have completed your online application through MySACI, you will be able to access a link to SACI’s electronic portfolio provider, where it is required that you submit your Portfolio and Statement of Intent. You must submit both documents at the same time, under one submission. Your Statement of Intent should illustrate why you plan to study at SACI, and how a scholarship will help you achieve your academic goals and should be uploaded in pdf format. Along with your Statement of Intent, you should include your Portfolio of 15-20 images, 5 minutes of video, or two art history writing samples.

    3. FAFSA Application (US-Students): Scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA application at least 2 weeks in advance of the SACI Scholarship deadline. For SACI to receive a copy of your report, you should enter our school code: G30501.

    4. International Student Form (Non-US Students): If you are a Non-US Student, in place of the FAFSA, you will need to submit the International Student Scholarship Form and provide copies of any documents that you use to complete this questionnaire (such as income tax filings), and upload them to MySACI

  • Late Spring / Summer / Venice

    Scholarship applicants must submit the following documentation, along with their completed application, by the scholarship deadline.

    Late Spring & Summer Terms March 1
    Venice Program March 1

    1. Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements.

    2. FAFSA Application (US-Students): Scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA application at least 2 weeks in advance of the SACI Scholarship deadline. For SACI to receive a copy of your report, you should enter our school code: G30501.

    3. International Student Form (Non-US Students): If you are a Non-US Student, in place of the FAFSA, you will need to submit the International Student Scholarship Form and provide copies of any documents that you use to complete this questionnaire (such as income tax filings), and upload them to MySACI.

  • MFA / MA Programs

    Scholarship applicants must submit the following documentation, along with their completed application, by the scholarship deadline March 15.

    1. Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements.

    2. FAFSA Application (US-Students): Scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA application at least 2 weeks in advance of the SACI Scholarship deadline. For SACI to receive a copy of your report, you should enter our school code: G30501.

    3. International Student Form (Non-US Students): If you are a Non-US Student, in place of the FAFSA, you will need to submit the International Student Scholarship Form and provide copies of any documents that you use to complete this questionnaire (such as income tax filings), and upload them to MySACI.

  • Post-Bac Programs

    Scholarship applicants must submit the following documentation, along with their completed application, by the scholarship deadline March 15.

    1. Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements.

    2. FAFSA Application (US-Students): Scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA application at least 2 weeks in advance of the SACI Scholarship deadline. For SACI to receive a copy of your report, you should enter our school code: G30501.

    3. International Student Form (Non-US Students): If you are a Non-US Student, instead of the FAFSA, you will need to submit the International Student Scholarship Form and provide copies of any documents that you use to complete this questionnaire (such as income tax filings), and upload them to MySACI.

  • Gap Year / Semester

    Scholarship applicants must submit the following items, along with their completed application, by the scholarship deadline.

    Fall Term March 15
    Spring Term October 15
    Late Spring & Summer Terms March 1

    1. Indicate on the online application form that you are applying for a scholarship. Students interested in applying for a SACI scholarship MUST check the appropriate box on the SACI application form and complete all application requirements.

    2. Portfolio and Statement of Intent: Once you have completed your online application through MySACI, you will be able to access a link to SACI’s electronic portfolio provider, where it is required that you submit your Portfolio and Statement of Intent. You must submit both documents at the same time, under one submission. Your Statement of Intent should illustrate why you plan to study at SACI, and how a scholarship will help you achieve your academic goals and should be uploaded in pdf format. Along with your Statement of Intent, you should include your Portfolio of 15-20 images, 5 minutes of video, or two art history writing samples.

    3. FAFSA Application (US-Students): Scholarship applicants must complete a FAFSA application at least 2 weeks in advance of the SACI Scholarship deadline. For SACI to receive a copy of your report, you should enter our school code: G30501.

    4. International Student Form (Non-US Students): If you are a Non-US Student, instead of the FAFSA, you will need to submit the International Student Scholarship Form and provide copies of any documents that you use to complete this questionnaire (such as income tax filings), and upload them to MySACI.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate Federal Financial Aid received through a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. For additional information, students should consult their home institution's financial aid office.

For additional information on Federal Financial Aid, please visit www.studentaid.ed.gov.

  • 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 for its Graduate Programs only: The Post Baccalaureate Certificate Year Abroad Programs, the MFA Two Year-Degree Programs, 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 FAFSA application here

    To be fully aware of the U.S. Department of Education Title IV load application process, including: initial and continuing eligibility criteria for borrowing, your rights and responsibilities as a borrower, and the terms and conditions for borrowing, prospective and continuing SACI borrowers should read the following documents carefuly, also available in the Policies & Guidelines section.

     

    For questions about Federal Financial Aid, contact SACI's Federal Financial Aid Administrator.

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