Financial Aid + Scholarships   



School Code: 004667

Financial Aid Forms
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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is committed to helping talented and motivated students pay for school. Each year, 90 percent of all SMFA students receive financial aid. Total aid awarded for the 2013-2014 year was in excess of $11,000,000 of which $6,000,000 was awarded directly from the School.

Scholarships + Grants
In addition to federal and/or state financial aid, SMFA students could be eligible for both merit- and need-based awards from SMFA. All accepted students are reviewed for a potential SMFA Scholarship award. The SMFA Scholarship is a merit-based award given to students based on the strength of the overall application to the school and potential for growth as an artist in our community. The SMFA Grant is a need-based award for students with demonstrated financial need.

Loans + Financing Options
Recognizing that meeting the total cost of higher education today can be challenging for students and families, SMFA provides a variety of financing options.
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan): processes Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans as well as the Direct Plus loan.
  • Partnerships with many lending institutions to provide private alternative loans to families
  • Tuition Management Systems (TMS): provides a monthly payment plan option for families and/or individuals
Many families choose a combination of all options to finance their education. The entire loan process is handled by the Financial Aid staff and can be done almost completely online. Financial Aid staff members are committed to helping you create a financial plan that will allow you to reach your enrollment goals. We are happy to serve the needs of all prospective, current and former SMFA students. If at any time you need assistance with this process please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-800-776-0135 or locally at 617-369-3646.