Top Ranked. Top Value.

We invite you to compare VCUarts tuition with other top art schools. The value is clear.

#1 Yale University $55,500
#2 VCU (out-of-state) $35,244
(in-state) $14,596
(tie) University of California: Los Angeles $43,482
#4 Rhode Island School of Design $52,860
(tie) School of the Art Institute of Chicago $50,925
#6 Carnegie Mellon University $57,119
(tie) Columbia University $62,430
(tie) Cranbrook Academy of Art (graduate only)
#9 Alfred University $34,770
(tie) California Institute of the Arts $51,466
(tie) Maryland Institute College of Art $50,330

Rankings come from U.S. News & World Report‘s evaluation of graduate school programs. Annual undergraduate out-of-state tuition comes from College Board’s posted college prices as of September 2019. You can add up college costs at

A full-time VCUarts student pays an additional $925 per semester for program specific materials, services and equipment.

“With such an outstanding program, incredible artistic opportunities in the community, and relatively low cost of living, VCUarts is everything an artist and student could ever want. I wouldn’t change my decision for anything!”

Drewe (Theatre major, Class of 2021)

Here’s what our students and alumni say:

“I wanted to be part of a huge and diverse student body in a fairly urban setting and I didn’t want to be paying off loans for the rest of my life.”

— Rachel, Fashion Design

“The only out-of-state school I applied to was VCUarts because of its reputation, it’s part of a major university, and it has the lowest tuition costs of all the top art schools.”

— Molly, Painting and Printmaking

“I could have paid more at a different great art school, but why would I?”

— Brandi, Graphic Design

“VCU combines the big university experience and all its resources with the smaller and more individual art school experience.”

— Sophie, Interior Design major, Craft minor


Each fall, the Undergraduate Scholarship Program grants financial awards to outstanding students entering VCU. Selection of scholars is made on the basis of merit in the area of academic achievement and artistic talent.

Freshman Scholarships are awarded to fall semester applicants only, who apply by November 15th. We also encourage all applicants seeking scholarship consideration to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

VCUarts’ NEW Talent Scholarships

Apply by January 15 to be automatically considered for talent scholarships — no separate application needed!
**Any student who may qualify for university-level merit-based scholarships should apply by November 15**

Simply submit your application, Slideroom portfolio (if applicable), and ACT or SAT scores to be considered. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic merit and artistic talent.

The new Talent scholarship awards range from $5,000 – $12,000 per year and are renewable for up to 4 years.

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