The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Image of a student and professor talking in the hall with a large art installationLet us help. Scholarships and financial aid are available to College of Fine Arts students, both through the College and from the University of Kentucky.

The School of Music offers full and partial tuition scholarships based on the audition process for admission. After students have applied to the University of Kentucky, students who wish to declare a music major must fill out the online Audition Request Form. Auditions are typically scheduled during the semester before a student is planning to enroll; for students who will be incoming freshmen for Fall, auditions will take place January-March. Students who perform well in their auditions are automatically considered for a number of scholarships and potentially invited to compete for more. Those students who are majoring are given preference but talented music minors are eligible.


The Department of Theatre and Dance offers over 10 scholarships and awards in a variety of theatre disciplines to incoming and continuing students. Two awards based on faculty and community nominations also exist. Incoming freshmen may apply to audition for the Outstanding Incoming Freshman Scholarship. More information on scholarship opportunities for continuing students can be found here.


The Department of Arts Administration offers awards of up to $1,000 to incoming freshmen and continuing undergraduate students. In addition, the Michael Braun Endowed Fund provides financial assistance for current Arts Administration students to fund an activity that enriches their knowledge of the arts administration profession. Tuition and financial aid information is also available for online graduate students.


The School of Art and Visual Studies has scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen and continuing students. SA/VS offers scholarships to incoming freshmen majors that can extend over a four-year period. Students must have a qualifying high school GPA , and awardees will be chosen based on their application to the University of Kentucky. Students who plan to study art studio, digital media and design or art education will be invited to submit a portfolio of their work to be considered for a scholarship once their UK application has been reviewed.


Incoming students to the College of Fine Arts may also be eligible for additional academic scholarships, including awards for alumni of Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts or Governor's Scholars programs. More details on these and other scholarship opportunities are available on the University of Kentucky Scholarships website. Information regarding need-based assistance, FAFSA deadlines, and a cost calculator can be found through the University of Kentucky Financial Aid Office.