Financial Aid

Donor Sponsored School Scholarships

The School of Architecture has many donor sponsored scholarship opportunities available for our students. Donor sponsored school scholarships are issued on a per-term basis as you progress within the program. Eligibility for scholarships must be re-established in each renewal period and is subject to funding availability, as well as, considerations of your financial need and academic progress. All admissions application materials must be on file with the Admissions Office to be considered for any award. Awards are considered in order of application received.

For full consideration of the scholarship(s) below, all applicants must be sure to reference how they meet the qualifications per the description, in the Personal Statement/Essay of their application. Please reference any specific scholarship you wish to focus on and how you feel you meet the award description in your essay. Current students who wish to be considered for the scholarships below must submit a personal essay on how they meet the criteria within the description.

Charles Paterson Scholarship Awarded to an International female student who excels in music or other forms of art. $1,500-$2,000
David Lakamp Scholarship A warded to continuing students who show special interest & talent in experimental architecture and notion of learning by doing. [Need Based] $2,000-$2,500
DuBow Scholarship Awarded to students who show interest in social responsibility and cultural diversity. $5,000-$7,500
FLLWSA Endowment Scholarships Awarded to continuing students only. [Merit and Need Based] $5,000-$10,000
Gregg E. Kollman Scholarship Awarded to continuing and new students. [Merit and Need Based] $10,000
Joe Fabris Scholarship Awarded to continuing students and new students. [Merit Based] $1,500-$2,000
Rattenbury Scholarship Awarded to International students. $2,500-$5,000
Ravenscroft Scholarship Awarded to students with musical abilities that can see architecture through other arts. $10,000
Richard Carney Scholarship Awarded to students who show leadership traits and ability. $2,000-$5,000
William Wesley Peters Scholarship Awarded to students demonstrating proficiency in structural engineering. $2,500-$5,000


Loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid with interest. You are automatically considered for federal loan funds by completing your FAFSA form.

You can complete the 2020–21 FAFSA form using the app. Download the app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Federal School Code: 02533200

Types of Loans Available

Federal Direct Loans

Federal Direct Loans are the most common source of student loan funds made available to students seeking a degree or certificate. Federal Direct Loans must be repaid with interest. Federal Direct Loans offer deferments of principal payments while a student is in school and allow a six-month grace period after leaving school before repayment begins. Depending on a student’s need as calculated by the U.S Department of Education, a Federal Direct Loan may be offered as a subsidized or unsubsidized loan, or as a combination of the two.

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Qualified students, regardless of their income or assets, may take out Unsubsidized Stafford loans.  Students must meet all of the same requirements as those for Subsidized loans, except they do not need to demonstrate financial need.  With an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the student is responsible for interest that accrues throughout the life of the loan. A student may elect to defer interest payments while in school; however, this interest will be added to the principal balance of the loan upon repayment. Therefore, we strongly recommend students pay interest on a quarterly basis to keep their loan debt under control.  The fixed interest rate for all Unsubsidized loans beginning July 1, 2008 is 6.6%.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

The Graduate PLUS loan is a loan program for graduate students. Borrowers must pass a credit check and may borrow the full “cost of attendance” minus other forms of financial aid received. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9% for loans disbursed after July 1, 2009. (Loans disbursed prior to July 1, 2009 have a fixed interest rate of 7.6%.)
Students may apply for deferments while enrolled.

Private/Alternative Loans

After you have considered all federal loans, you may also be interested in applying for a private/alternative loan known as an Alternative Educational Loan.

A private/alternative loan is a credit-based educational loan.  Each individual lender sets terms and conditions, so students should shop wisely for their lender.  Students unable to qualify on their own may need to obtain a co-borrower/co-signer.  Students may borrow up to their Cost of Attendance budget, less any other financial aid funds and resources received.


Some award programs have limited funding, therefore, we encourage our students to apply for financial aid as early as possible prior to their tuition due date.  While we will still receive and process financial aid applications after the posted due date, students are expected to pay tuition in full by the tuition due date and any financial aid award accepted will serve as reimbursement

How Eligibility is Determined

Because some funds are limited, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible each academic year.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows us to determine eligibility for all federal, state and campus-based grant and loan programs available. The purpose of the FAFSA is to collect pertinent information about your household, income, and assets.  Once the data is collected, it is computed by a congressional formula to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure.  The EFC represents your family’s financial strength as well as the amount of discretionary income a family should be able to contribute towards education.  The EFC, along with a student’s degree program, academic grade level and aid history, are all factored into a formula to determine the types and amounts of aid we offer based on funds availability.  We will always offer the maximum possible award for each aid program for which a student may qualify.  Because some funds are limited, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible each academic year.

Special Circumstances

The FAFSA collects data and evaluates your family’s financial strength based on the prior year’s income information.  If you have experienced extenuating circumstances (loss of employment, death, divorce, etc.), which will affect your family current income information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. In some cases, a change may result in a lower EFC but may not affect your overall award package. By answering a few questions, we will be able to determine if it would be worthwhile to pursue a petition and advise you of the supporting documentation required for your unique situation.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for federal aid:

1. Enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student

  • Cannot be simultaneously enrolled in elementary or secondary school beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in their state or the college’s state.

2. Demonstrates Ability-to-Benefit:

  • Earned a High school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • (Homeschooling is acceptable if learning was completed within a state that recognizes homeschooling)
  • Conferred Associate Degree
  • Pass a federally approved ATB test

3. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
4. Enrolled at least half-time ( Taliesin does not accept part-time students)
5. Does not have a disqualifying federal or state drug conviction
6. Has a U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Non-Citizen Status

  • U.S. Citizen or National,
  • U.S. permanent resident,
  • Citizen of the Freely Associated States:
    • Federated States of Micronesia
    • Republic of Palau
    • Marshall Islands
    • Other eligible non-citizens for the following INS/DHS Statuses
        •  Refugee
        • Granted Asylum
        • Conditional entrants
        • Paroled into the U.S. for at least one year
        • Cuban-Haitian entrants (Not Eligible: family unity, temporary resident, non- immigrant  visas)

7. Not in default on a federal education loan

  • A federal education loan included in bankruptcy may affect eligibility. Total & Permanent Disability cancellation of a federal education loan may affect eligibility.

8. Do not owe on a Federal grant overpayment
9. Provide the correct name, date of birth, and social security number (confirmed with the Social Security Administration)
10. Males born after 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.



July 2020

The school has signed and returned to the department the certification and agreement.  The school intends to provide 100%  of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to the students.

The school has received $1,746.

The funds will be issued as financial aid grants for the upcoming fall semester beginning August 24th.

There are an estimated nine students that will be enrolled and eligible to participate in the federal student financial aid programs under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
The school will be issuing the grants to fewer than 10 students.
The funds will be allocated evenly to all students eligible for federal student financial aid and received as a tuition grant.
The students will be notified via email, website notification, through student leadership organizations and student/faculty meetings.

October 2020

The School of Architecture has been allocated a total of $500,000 for emergency relief through the CARES Act, section 18004 (a)(1) and 18004(a)(3). The School has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement forms necessary to access the funds. The School of Architecture experienced a substantial loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a loss in enrollment in the M.Arch and other programs. The School intends to use a substantial portion of these funds to provide financial assistance to students within one year of receiving the funds.

VA Funding

Our Degree programs are approved for VA Benefits. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office about application requirements.