Change in Enrollment Status: Undergraduate Students
Unless specifically designated otherwise, all awards are issued based upon the student’s anticipated enrollment as a full-time undergraduate (completing 12 credits or more per semester, in a degree-granting program). Students who become less than full time or who enroll as “non-degree” may lose their eligibility for aid in full or in part.
The Office of Student Financial Services periodically reviews all student accounts and immediately removes any aid credited to the account of a student who has failed to satisfy progress or enrollment requirements as stated above.
Students who are considering withdrawing (either from the University or from individual classes) or are considering a Leave of Absence are urged to meet with a Student Financial Services counselor to discuss the impact of the withdrawal on their eligibility for aid. Please read the information about refunds in the “Tuition and Expenses” section of this website.
Students are reminded that withdrawing from their courses (either in full or in part) may cause them to lose their eligibility for aid in current and future semesters.
To avoid unexpected balances, students must contact The Office of Student Financial Services with any questions pertaining to this subject.
Undergraduate transfer students are eligible for aid and should apply following the same application procedures as other undergraduates (with exceptions listed below).
Transfer students who have borrowed the undergraduate maximum under the Stafford and/or Direct Loan program are not eligible for continued Direct Loan assistance while enrolled at the University.
Any transfer student who is in default on a federal loan or otherwise ineligible for federal aid, is ineligible for financial aid of any type while enrolled at the University.
Transfer students who enroll for the Spring semester should be aware that financial aid received for enrollment during the Fall semester at another institution is not transferable. Students must reapply for most forms of aid at the University. Contact The Office of Student Financial Services for additional information and instructions.
Bachelor’s Degree Holders
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and who enroll as undergraduates are eligible to apply for Direct Loans, unless they have previously borrowed the undergraduate maximum under the Stafford and/or Direct Loan program(s). In some cases these students may also be eligible for University-sponsored aid. Students are not eligible to receive Pell Grants, PHEAA Grants, FSEOG, and Federal Perkins Loans.
Part-time students who are enrolled in degree programs may be eligible for Pell, University, and PHEAA grants, as well as Direct loans.
Part-time students are subject to all requirements governing the financial aid programs, except that they be enrolled on a full-time basis.
Part-time students are not eligible for merit-based aid.
Part-time students should follow application procedures as detailed in the website.
Continuing Education Students
Students who enroll through the Continuing Education program are eligible for a very limited selection of loan programs. Continuing Education students are not eligible for any other type of financial aid. Contact The Office of Continuing Education for additional information.
Students who are neither U.S. citizens, nor eligible non-citizens (as confirmed by the federal government), are not eligible to receive any form of Federal Title IV or university need-based financial aid while enrolled at The University of the Arts.
International students will be reviewed for merit-based scholarships when offered admission to the University. Those students who demonstrate exceptional academic and artistic ability will be considered for the University’s scholarship program.
International students may be eligible to borrow money through a very limited selection of loan programs. International students must have a U.S. citizen serve as the co-signer on the loan. Contact The Office of Student Financial Services for additional information.
Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study
Study abroad, domestic mobility, and exchange opportunities are available through programs hosted or coordinated through regionally accredited U.S. institutions or through direct application to a foreign institution. The selection of a program should be made carefully, as it may have implications for financial aid, transferability of credits, progress in the major and the completion of degree requirements.
Students who have submitted an approved Petition for Off-Campus Study remain active degree candidates at UArts. Please note that in cases where the student prefers to register and pay tuition at the overseas host institution the student must request a Leave of Absence or withdraw from UArts. In most cases, it will be to the student’s advantage to remain an active UArts student through the Off-Campus Study process; the student can thus register and pay tuition at UArts.
Below is an outline of the three different options available to students who wish to study off-campus. For more complete information, please refer to the full policy on Study Abroad at the following: Study Abroad Policy.
Off-campus Study Through an Exchange, Mobility or Affiliated Study-Abroad, or Domestic Off-campus Study Program
- Student registers for a minimum of 12 credits off campus study.
- Students who normally receive financial aid remain eligible for federal, state, institutional need-based aid while engaged in off-campus study, presuming that the student continues to meet the academic and financial requirements of their aid package. Please note that most University merit-based aid may not be applied toward off-campus study.
- The student will be billed for tuition and fees by UArts. UArts will then pay the student’s tuition at the institution where the student will study. Students will not be refunded for any differences in the two schools’ tuitions, but will be billed if the UArts tuition is lower than the study abroad tuition.
- Upon the student's return to UArts, the student will be eligible for reinstatement of their aid (both need and merit-based), depending upon their academic record and financial stauts at the time of return.
Attending an Unaffiliated Foreign or Domestic Institution While Registered for Off-Campus Study
Note: This option is recommended for students who wish to study at an unaffiliated institution whose tuition is similar to or higher than the tuition charged by UArts.
- Student registers for a minimum of 12 credits off campus study.
- Students who normally receive financial aid remain eligible for federal, state, institutional need-based aid while engaged in off-campus study, presuming that the student continues to meet the academic and financial eligibility requirements for their aid package. Please note that most University merit-based aid may not be applied toward off-campus study.
- Student pays tuition to UArts. UArts pays tuition at institution where student will study. Student is responsible to the host school for tuition or fees that exceed UArts tuition and fees, and should expect to be billed directly by the host school. Please note that if the tuition and fees for the host school is less expensive than UArts tuition, no refunds will be issued to the student, and financial aid for the semester of study off-campus may be reduced.
- Upon the student's return to UArts, the student will be eligible for reinstatement of their aid (both need and merit-based), depending upon their academic record and financial status at the time of return.
Attending an Unaffiliated Institution
Note: Students who are interested in studying at an unaffiliated institution whose tuition is significantly lower than the UArts tuition may be interested in this option.
- Student takes a Leave of Absence (see course catalog for information on taking a LOA) for the duration of the off-campus semester.
- The student will, as a result of taking the Leave of Absence, be ineligible for any need-based or merit-based aid through UArts during the Leave of Absence.
- Upon the student’s return to UArts, the student will be eligible for reinstatement of their aid (both need and merit-based), depending upon their academic record and financial status at the time of return.
- The student will be responsible for all costs and payments related to study at the unaffiliated institution.
Students who plan to study abroad should apply for financial aid adhering to normal deadlines and procedures. Additionally, such students must provide The University of the Arts Office of Student Financial Services with the following:
- Contact person at coordinating university or college including their address, telephone, email address and fax numbers.
- Power of Attorney, duly executed (if documents will require your signature in your absence).
- Consortium Agreement, completed (available from The Study Abroad Office).
- Contact The Office of Student Financial Services before final departure. It will be necessary to maintain close contact with our office to assure aid is processed before you leave the country.
- The study abroad program must be approved by both the student's academic dean, The Study Abroad Office and the University’s Office of the Registrar. Please contact those offices for additional information and procedures.
- Students must begin all paperwork at least six months prior to the semester abroad.
- In most countries students will not be permitted to earn wages, so they should be prepared to have sufficient spending money.
- Students may not use need-based financial aid for unapproved programs abroad. In order to be eligible for financial aid, the student must enroll through a college or university that is approved for participation in the Federal Title IV programs.
- Students may not use the extended payment plan (TMS) to pay for tuition.