Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2019 Design Discovery Program is $3,876 and includes a kit of basic studio supplies. Please expect to purchase up to $300 or more in additional materials for projects throughout the course of the program.

Payment Policy

A nonrefundable application fee of $80 must accompany each application. If admitted, your decision and tuition are due within two weeks.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid takes into account many factors; however, as a guide, if the applicant and/or parents (if appropriate) have a combined gross income that exceeds $40,000, an aid award is unlikely.

To apply, please submit a Financial Aid Application Form along with the required documentation with your online application by the deadline of May 1, 2020. Please see the application for more information.

Please Note: Design Discovery financial aid is not federally subsidized and is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. International students are not eligible to apply. Requests for aid will not be considered without a completed program application. Late applications will not be considered.


Tuition and Financial Aid FAQ

Q: Can I pay the tuition and housing fees with a credit card?
A: Yes. Further payment instructions will be provided in your admittance letter. Tuition and housing payments must be submitted online via the online system.

Q: I am applying for financial aid. Are tax forms from my parents required?
A: Tax forms from parents are required for every applicant under the age of 30.

Q: Can the application fee be waived if I am applying for financial aid?
A: No. We are unable to waive the application fee.

Q: Is financial aid available for international students?
A: No. Design Discovery financial aid is not federally subsidized and is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. International students are not eligible to apply for financial aid.

Q: Is there a specific Design Discovery financial aid application that I should use when I apply?
A: Yes. The Design Discovery financial aid application form is part of the program’s online application. Once you indicate an interest in applying for aid, the aid application option will appear on your online status page. In order to apply for aid, submit this form and supporting documents online with the rest of your application by the deadline.

Q: What does it mean to qualify for financial aid?
A: Design Discovery financial aid funds are need-based awards, which means that funding is based on the financial situation of the student. Financial aid takes into account many factors; however, as a guide, if the applicant’s and parents’ (if appropriate) combined adjusted gross income exceeds $40,000, an aid award is unlikely.

Q: The website says that my financial aid application is due at the same time as the rest of the program application. Does this mean that I have to apply for financial aid before I know if I am admitted?
A: Yes, you need to apply for the program and for financial aid at the same time. Do not wait until you receive your admissions letter to apply for aid.

Q: If I am admitted to Design Discovery, will my financial aid award letter be included with my admissions email?
A: No. You will be notified in a separate email from the Design Discovery Program Manager, Kelly Wisnaskas, about your financial aid award.

Q: I missed the financial aid application deadline. Does this mean I cannot get financial aid?
A: Late financial aid applications will not be considered.

Q: If I receive an aid award, what will it cover?
A: Awards only apply toward tuition. For accepted students who are interested in housing but are waiting for an aid decision before deciding to attend, we recommend that you submit a housing payment as soon as possible. Housing is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.