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Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid


The School of Art offers many competitive scholarships for undergraduate students. These scholarships are made possible through generous ENDOWMENTS which have been established in the School of Art and in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, and through generous grants received from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock, Texas.

Competitive Talent-Based Scholarships for Incoming Students are awarded to entering freshman and transfer students based on portfolio or essay evaluations made by the Foundations Committee submitted with your INCOMING STUDENT APPLICATION. Scholarships can range in value from $2,000 to $500.

INCOMING FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS – to be considered for scholarships in the School of Art you must complete the INCOMING STUDENT APPLICATION. Application deadline is February 1, 2017.

INCOMING FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS may also apply for the financial need based H.Y. Price Scholarship. Mr. H.Y. Price endowed these scholarships to enable undergraduate men and women of good character and ability to attend Texas Tech University who otherwise would be denied this opportunity for lack of financial means. All students in the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Artsts are eligible. In 2016-2017 this scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $3,000. The H.Y. Price Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years while student remains in J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Artsts and in academic good standing. The application forms will become available in Spring 2017

For consideration, applicants must also have completed a free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) online application at by May 1, 2017.

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CONTINUING UNDERGRADUATE ART MAJORS, with degree emphases in Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Art, or Visual Studies may apply for Talent-Based and Need-Based scholarships.
The application form for 2017-2018 may be downloaded from [HERE]

ALL SCHOOL OF ART UNDERGRADUATE EXCELLENCE AWARD: This competitive, merit-based award recognizes a School of Art student's accomplishments beyond his or her specific area of specialization. It seeks to encourage students' efforts to excel in all the fields of study they consider while at the School of Art. It is awarded to a student whose academic record and portfolio of work attests/demonstrates exceptional work ethic and higher than common expectations, which are invaluable assets in professional life and for those thinking of pursuing graduate studies.
The application form for 2017-2018 may be downloaded from [HERE].

Real and Muff Musgrave – Medici Circle Art Scholarship: Real & Muff Musgrave established the endowment for this scholarship in 2012 to provide a scholarship which "shall be awarded on a merit/needs basis to a student, in good academic standing (with at least a 3.0 GPA in a 4.0 system in art curriculum), who has completed two years in undergraduate work (any area) in the School of Art and has demonstrated high proficiency in drawing, as judged by the SOA Scholarship Committee. The award shall be renewable for one year, so long as the student has maintained an overall academic standing of 3.0 GPA or higher in a 4.0 system for the preceding year. It is the intent of the principal benefactors that special consideration and encouragement be given to a third year art student [beginning 3rd year of studies] with demonstrated drawing ability, who is pursuing a degree with the goal to derive the bulk of their income from the creation of their art. And that student shall have this support available for their final two years of undergraduate study." Juniors (or seniors who anticipate taking two years before graduating) may apply.
The application form for 2017-2018 may be downloaded from [HERE].

Other Financial Aid

All inquiries concerning other scholarships, student loans, grants, or work-study, should be directed to:

Office of Student Financial Aid
301 West Hall
Texas Tech University
Box 45011
Lubbock, Texas 79409-5011

Advanced Placement

Up to nine semester credit hours toward an SoA major or minor can be earned through advanced placement, which allows students with strong backgrounds in Art to begin advanced studies and studio specialization earlier. New students may be considered for advanced placement credit in the Art Foundations through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program or the SoA Foundations Portfolio Review.

Up to 9 credit hours of advanced placement credit can be earned in the following Art Foundations courses:

Art 1302 – Design I: Introduction (3 credit hours). Emphasis upon two-dimensional design; includes the fundamentals of line, color, value, texture, shape, space, and compositional arrangement. A score of 4 or 5 in the General Portfolio Category merits credit for Art 1302.

Art 1303 – Drawing I: Introduction (3 credit hours). A beginning course investigating a variety of media, techniques, and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities with consideration drawing as a developmental process as well as an end in itself. A score of 4 or 5 in the Drawing Portfolio Category merits credit for Art 1303.

Art 1310 – Art History Survey I (3 credit hours). A survey of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts from prehistoric times to the 14th century. A score of 4 or 5 in the Art History Category merits credit for Art 1310.

College Board AP Credit

If you have received a score of 4 or 5 in any of the areas listed above through the College Board Advanced Placement Program, you will receive the credit for the course indicated. To receive credit for the scores mentioned above, request that official score reports be sent to:

TTU Office of the Registrar
Box 45005
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-3661

Entering Freshman Portfolio Event

High School Students are invited to participate in portfolio event during Spring Open House. Students may present a portfolio (10 to 15 slide/images) for evaluation by a team of SoA faculty. Faculty will advise students on scholarship application dates, enrollment deadlines, and School of Art BA and BFA degree options.

Credit By Exam

Up to six hours of credit (3 hours each in Art 1302 and Art 1303) can be earned through individual portfolio reviews during the academic year. For information on and sign up please contact the School of Art Academic Advisor.