Financial Aid


In their first year of attendance at Cornish College of the Arts, most students receive a Cornish Scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application to participate in the process. Various factors enter into Cornish faculty evaluations of a student's audition or portfolio review and the Office of Financial Aid provides a pertinent award in the student's Award Letter.

In subsequent years of attendance
, Cornish students who reach a minimum fall cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and are enrolled full-time are eligible for the renewal of their first year Cornish Scholarship. The Cornish Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four years of consecutive full-time enrollment. The Office of Financial Aid provides a notification of award(s) in an Award Letter in February or March.

In subsequent years of attendance also in some academic departments, there may be an annual application process in spring semester for a determination of endowed awards, otherwise known as named scholarships. Named scholarships are merit-based for demonstrated artistic and academic excellence and recipients must meet additional donor-specific criteria for eligibility. Applicants have a chance to distinguish themselves with the honor of receiving an endowed award. Students receive guidelines and a deadline for application annually in each of their respective departments.