Scholarships & Financial Aid

IDSVA offers scholarship support, based on a combination of need and merit. 80% of students receive a scholarship, which range between $3,000 and $10,000.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


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IDSVA Scholarships

IDSVA offers scholarship support, based on a combination of need and merit. Eighty percent of students receive a scholarship, which range between $3,000 and $15,000. All admitted candidates who complete the FAFSA are considered for a scholarship award. Admitted candidates are notified of a scholarship award 1-2 weeks after the letter of admission. 

If you would like to be considered for an IDSVA scholarship, you should submit the FAFSA at the same time as the rest of your application. Go to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enter the IDSVA school code: G41888.

Outside Scholarships

Other scholarship and grant support may come from businesses, foundations, and community/religious groups. Check to see if your undergraduate and graduate alumni associations provide continuing education scholarships to their graduates and the financial aid offices might have an external scholarship database you can access.

We have compiled a short list of scholarships, grants and fellowships you may be eligible for here.

Veterans Benefits

IDSVA is approved for the use of the GI Bill benefits. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S government website.

Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

In conferral with the Core Faculty, the Director of the School appoints TAs and awards writing fellowships, teaching fellowships, and post-doctoral fellowships. TA Appointments and awards are given to students on the basis of need and funding support. TAs are given to 2nd and 3rd year students, while Fellowships are awarded to those that are in their 3rd year and beyond. Modest stipends are granted to IDSVA Fellows and TAs, usually in the range of $2,000 for Fellows and $1,500 for TAs, per course. 

David Driskell

David Driskell

David Driskell Fellowship

IDSVA awards one David Driskell Fellowship with each incoming cohort. Driskell Fellows are students of color who show promise in carrying forward David Driskell's mission to encourage worldwide community and equality through art. Driskell Fellowships include a $45,000 tuition scholarship, disbursed in $15,000 increments over the three-year course of study.

David Driskell was elected to the National Academy in 2000 and honored at the University of Maryland by the establishment of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora in 2001. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018.

A member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty since 2007, Dr. Driskell was awarded an IDSVA Honorary Doctorate in 2009 in recognition of his lifelong career as an artist, scholar, and world leading spiritual philanthropist. 

Ted Coons Dissertation Prize

Awarded to one graduate each year in the amount of $1,000, The Ted Coons Dissertation Prize was established in 2015 to acknowledge outstanding IDSVA dissertations. It was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Ted Coons, Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at NYU. Ted Coons is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics.

Federal Student Loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Available to students with no demonstration of financial need. Students can borrow up to $20,500 per year to cover tuition and costs. These are low interest fixed-rate loans, and students have the option to pay interest while attending school or to have interest accrue to be paid in repayment terms.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

These loans are available if additional funding is needed. The maximum award is the cost of attendance less any other financial aid.

To apply for any of the Federal Direct loans, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and enter the IDSVA school code: G41888.

Loan Repayment

There are many options to choose from when it comes to loan repayment. To make your payments more affordable, repayment plans can give you more time to repay your loans or can be based on your income.  

Loan Forgiveness

If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  

Payment Plans

Interest-free payment plans are available through IDSVA. Tuition must be paid in full by the end of each semester.

For more information contact:

Amy Curtis, Executive Vice President
(207) 879-8757

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