Scholarships & Financial Aid

By receiving scholarship support, my financial burden is lightened, allowing me to focus on the most important aspect of school — my creative development.

Anthony Carranza (B.F.A. Visual Communication Design '18)

Undergraduate scholarships and aid

Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to incoming students entering Herron in fall and spring semesters. To be considered for Herron and IUPUI scholarships, you must first complete IUPUI's online application, submit your portfolio, and complete the IUPUI "General Scholarship" application.

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

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 $1,600

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. Students applying to the David K. Rubins Scholarship must submit a separate application and five additional images demonstrating their ability to draw from life.

Douglas L. Tillman Scholarship
Award amount: Up to $1,700

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 $2,000

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.

Joseph L. Van Sickle Scholarship
Award amount: Up to $3,000

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: $2,500 per year, renewable for up to 4 years

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. Hardrick, 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.

Walter and Helen Mowrey Scholarship
Award amount: Up to $2,700

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.

Midwest Student Exchange Program

IUPUI is part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), which enables residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, 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.

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, 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.

Admission-Based Scholarships

Admission-based scholarships are automatically awarded based by your high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. No separate scholarship applications are required for these awards. Some admission-based scholarships are based on need, so be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of Nov. 1 for fullest consideration.

Honors College Scholarships

Competitive scholarships to high-achieving incoming freshmen who apply to IUPUI and the IUPUI Honors College by Nov. 15.

Competitive Scholarships

IUPUI offers additional scholarship opportunities for a wide range of students, including under-represented populations, transfer students, and students who perform service in their community, as well as awards for certain academic majors and programs. These awards may require a separate scholarship application, an essay specific to the scholarship, or the FAFSA.

Indy Achieves

If you're a resident of Marion County, Indiana, you may qualify for Indy Achieves, a series of support programs geared to helping you achieve a lifetime of success during and after your IUPUI education. In addition to connecting students with mentors and success coaches, Indy Achieves assists qualified students receiving state financial aid with additional funds to cover remaining tuition, fees, and supplies.

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.

Incoming undergraduate students may apply for IUPUI and Herron scholarships through IUPUI's new scholarship system. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Complete IUPUI's online application. You must select a Herron major in your IUPUI application in order to be considered for Herron scholarships.
  2. Submit your portfolio to Herron's SlideRoom. For detailed instructions and tips on preparing your portfolio, click here.
  3. Complete the "General Scholarship" application. To access the application, go to one.iu.edu and search for "Scholarships."

Scholarship consideration deadlines are listed below. Additional Herron and IUPUI scholarships are available and, each year, you can apply for as many scholarships as desired.

Graduate scholarships and aid

Graduate students are automatically considered for scholarships based on the application for admissions. To be considered, submit your IUPUI online application by Feb. 1 and all supplementary materials by Feb. 15.

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

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 of 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.

Ask an admissions advisor about fellowships and appointments

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 of the Art Therapy M.A., Visual Art M.F.A, and Visual Communication Design M.F.A. programs.

Incoming graduate students may apply for IUPUI and Herron scholarships through IUPUI's new scholarship system. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Complete IUPUI's online application. You must apply to a Herron graduate program in order to be considered for Herron scholarships.
  2. Submit your portfolio to Herron's SlideRoom. For detailed instructions and tips on preparing your portfolio, click here.
  3. Complete the "General Scholarship" application. To access the application, go to one.iu.edu and search for "Scholarships."

Scholarship consideration deadlines are listed below. Additional Herron and IUPUI scholarships are available and, each year, you can apply for as many scholarships as desired.

Scholarship consideration deadlines

Fall 2020 deadlines for undergraduate applicants

  • Priority date for full merit aid consideration: Nov. 15
  • Priority FAFSA deadline: Nov. 15
  • Herron scholarship deadline: Feb. 1
  • Deadline to apply for IUPUI admission-based scholarships and competitive/diversity scholarships: Feb. 15

Spring 2020 deadlines for undergraduate applicants

  • Herron and IUPUI scholarship deadline: Nov. 1

Fall 2020 deadlines for graduate applicants:

  • Submit IUPUI application by Feb. 1
  • Submit materials by Feb. 15