Interior design degree programs can be expensive. Federal loans or grants, school-based merit scholarships, or outside private scholarships are available to some students.
Federal Financial Aid
Many schools can participate in federal financial aid programs. To be eligible, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year you are enrolled in school. Need-based scholarships and loans are offered by both the state and federal government and are based on you or your family's income. The FAFSA will determine how much you can receive from the government.
Outside private scholarships or grants, meanwhile, are offered by a variety of organizations -- from companies to non-profit associations. These awards can be used toward tuition that your loans may not cover, or other expenses such as supplies and books. A good first step to finding outside scholarships is to register for Fastweb.com, which can match you with a variety of scholarships that you might not find otherwise.
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Other private organizations that offer scholarships particularly for design students:
- American Architecture Foundation
The American Architecture Foundation offers a Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship to encourage diversity in architecture. Twenty awards are given each year, and range from $500 to $2,500.
- American Society of Interior Designers Foundation
The ASID Foundation offers scholarships to support undergraduate students or professoinal graduate students studying a variety of aspects of interior design -- from health and safety to historic preservation.
- International Furnishings and Design Association
IFDA scholarships are open to full- or part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are members of IFDA and pursuing a degree in interior design. Awards range from $1,500 to $3,000.