Financial Aid & Scholarships

Apply for financial aid and scholarships

Herron students are eligible for both Herron and IUPUI scholarships. These scholarship opportunities continue to be available throughout your academic career at Herron.

Scholarship opportunities don’t stop your freshman year

Herron is one of the top academic schools at IUPUI when it comes to scholarships awarded. In 2016, Herron gave more than $275,000 in scholarship money to both incoming and continuing students.

Undergraduate aid and scholarships

Herron undergraduate scholarships are awarded to incoming students entering Herron in fall and spring semesters. Applicants who complete their IUPUI application and submit their portfolio by February 1 for fall admission, or October 1 for spring admission, will receive first priority consideration for Herron scholarships.

  • Herron scholarships for incoming students

    Alpha Blackburn Scholarship for the Arts
    Award amount: Up to $500
    Deadline: February 1

    The Alpha Blackburn Scholarship for the Arts was established in 2013 to support undergraduate scholarships for full-time incoming freshmen enrolled in any area of study at Herron School of Art and Design. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate outstanding talent, as determined by Herron faculty. Special consideration will be given to underrepresented populations including, but not limited to, financially challenged students and/or students with diverse cultural experiences. Preference will be given to African American students who demonstrate financial need.

    David K. Rubins Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $1,200
    Deadline: February 1

    Established in 1986, the David K. Rubins Scholarship is awarded annually to incoming freshmen who will be enrolled full-time. Recipients must meet criteria that includes scholastic record, financial need, and a portfolio which emphasizes an ability to draw from life as opposed to drawing from photographs, in addition to other drawings or two-dimensional work.

    Douglas L. Tillman Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $1,000
    Deadline: February 1

    Established in 2007, the Douglas L. Tillman Scholarship goes to an incoming freshman or current undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in Herron School of Art and Design who is in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Preference will be given to a minority student.

    Frank A. Vietor Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $500
    Deadline: February 1

    The Frank A. Vietor Scholarship is awarded to one full-time incoming freshman student. Recipient is determined by consideration of his/her scholastic record, portfolio, or performance in a structured competition that indicates the student’s potential to benefit from continued attendance at Herron School of Art and Design.

    Harry A. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $1,000
    Deadline: February 1

    A scholarship in memorial honor of Herron alumnus Harry A. Davis. Recipient is determined by consideration of his/her scholastic record and/or portfolio.

    Joseph L. Van Sickle Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $2000
    Deadline: February 1

    Established in 1990, the Joseph L. Van Sickle Scholarship supports undergraduate students in memory of Orval Scott and Martha Rhodus Van Sickle. Recipient is determined by consideration of her/her scholastic record and/or portfolio.

    Shared Heritage Scholarship
    Award amount: Up to $3,000 per year, renewable for up to 4 years
    Deadline: February 1

    The Shared Heritage Scholarship was established in 1996 in conjunction with the Shared Heritage exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in recognition of four African American artists: John W. Hardwick, William Majors, William E. Scott, and Hale Woodruff. Incoming freshmen or transfer students applying to be full-time students to Herron School of Art and Design are eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to minority students. This scholarship is renewable for students who maintain good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students that add to the diversity at Herron are encouraged to apply.

    Herron Promising Artist Scholarship
    $1,500
    Deadline: February 1

    The Herron Promising Artist Scholarship is awarded to one incoming student who graduated high school in the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County-MSDWC (Northfield, Southwood and White’s High Schools), North Manchester School District, and Wabash City High School. If no such student meets this requirement, preference will be given to a current student enrolled at Herron who is in good standing and who graduated from MSDWC. In the event that no such student meets this requirement, the recipient will be determined by Herron’s scholarship committee with preference given to a current student enrolled at Herron with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who demonstrates financial need as determined by faculty.

    Walter and Helen Mowrey Scholarship
    Up to $5,000
    Deadline: February 1

    Established in 1996, the Walter and Helen Mowrey Scholarship gives preference to students who have graduated from high school in either Lawrence or Warren townships in Marion County, Indiana. Students must pursue further education in art or design at Herron School of Art and Design.

  • Nonresident awards for incoming students

    Midwest Student Exchange Program

    IUPUI is now part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which enables residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin who are admitted as nonresident students to enroll at IUPUI at a reduced cost. Students who are eligible to receive the MSEP award will pay 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate.

    Learn more about the Midwest Student Exchange Program

    Herron Nonresident Award Program

    The Herron Nonresident Award Program will allow certain nonresident Herron students currently seeking an undergraduate baccalaureate degree who meet the following requirements and residency restrictions to study at IUPUI for no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. The estimated tuition rates for this award program can be found on our Tuition and Fees page.

    Residents of the following states are eligible for this award: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In order to be eligible, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

    Students who complete their IUPUI application and submit their artistic portfolio by February 1st for fall admission or October 1st for spring admission are automatically considered for this award.

    IUPUI Non-Resident Scholarships

    IUPUI also offers financial aid for incoming students who are not permanent residents of the state of Indiana.

    IUPUI Scholarship Website

  • IUPUI and Private Sector Scholarships for Incoming Students

    Information about IUPUI scholarships as well as private sector scholarships is available on IUPUI’s Office of Student Scholarships web page.

    Admissions-Based Scholarships

    IUPUI offers admissions-based scholarships which are awarded to incoming freshmen on the basis of high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. To be considered for IUPUI admission-based scholarships, students must complete the IUPUI application prior to January 15.

    IUPUI Competitive Scholarships for Incoming Students

    In addition to admissions-based scholarships, IUPUI offers competitive scholarships which require a separate application. The deadline to apply varies by scholarship, but most deadlines are in February. The competitive scholarship application will open up in November. Students must be admitted to IUPUI in order to apply for these scholarships.

    Honors College Scholarships

    Top competitive scholarships are offered through IUPUI’s Honors College. These scholarships have an application deadline of November 15. Some Honors College scholarships cover full in-state tuition in addition to other benefits such as stipends for housing or international travel. A listing of Honors College Scholarships can be found on the Honors College website. Students must be admitted to IUPUI in order to apply for these scholarships.

    External Scholarships

    Aside from Herron and IUPUI scholarships, there is a world of other scholarship opportunities. Check out IUPUI's External Scholarship Guide to see just a few examples of where to look. When reporting external scholarships, please follow the process laid out on the IUPUI Scholarships webpage.

Graduate aid and scholarships

In addition to scholarships and fee remission, Herron graduate students can apply for graduate appointments and fellowships to fund their education at Herron.

  • Graduate scholarships and awards

    Graduate scholarships

    Herron offers scholarships to applicants at the time of acceptance into the program. Decisions about scholarships are based on admission applications to the program. Applicants are notified of scholarship awards when they receive their offers of admission and fee remission.

    Scholarships are available to applicants to the Art Therapy M.A., Visual Art M.F.A., and Visual Communication Design M.F.A. programs.

    Graduate fellowships and appointments

    Graduate fellowship and graduate appointment (GA) awards are available to all M.F.A. students who are in good academic standing with the school. Awards are assigned on a semester basis and may be awarded in addition to scholarships and fee remission.

    You may be assigned fellowship and GA awards at any point in your academic career at Herron.

    Learn more about fellowships and appointments
  • Graduate fee remission

    Herron offers fee remission to applicants at the time of acceptance into the program. Fee remission is a credit to a student’s bursar account. The credit is applied each semester after a student enrolls full-time in his or her graduate courses. After the fee remission is applied, the student is responsible for paying his or her bursar balance. Applicants are notified of fee remission offers when they receive their offers of admission.

    Fee remission is available to applicants to the Art Therapy M.A., Visual Art M.F.A, and Visual Communication Design M.F.A. programs.

Federal aid

Remember to file the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, by March 10. The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and IUPUI financial aid. Completing the FAFSA is completely free. Students may begin filing the FAFSA on October 1 each year. 

Complete a FAFSA application

The IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services administers all federal loans. Contact the office directly at 317-274-4162 or finaid@iupui.edu.