Pratt offers undergraduate students two main types of scholarships: a generous program of merit-based scholarships and restricted and endowed scholarships. In addition, need-based grants (gift) are added to the package to make the cost of attendance more affordable for more families. 

Presidential Merit-Based Scholarships

The Presidential Merit-based scholarships are awarded upon acceptance by the admissions office according to a carefully developed program based on the major, the GPA, test scores (freshmen only), and portfolio if required. Architecture merit-based scholarships are awarded based on SAT/ACT test scores (freshmen only) and high school GPA. Transfer scholarships are based on portfolio and college GPA. All college transcripts are included in the calculation. Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to renew their scholarships each year.

CHECK OUR NET PRICE CALCULATOR : Receive an estimate of your merit-based scholarship and need-based aid using our easy calculator!

National Scholastic Scholarships

Pratt Institute recognizes The Scholastic Art Awards program of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as an appropriate and effective way for students interested in art and design to develop successful portfolios for college admission. Pratt reserves scholarships for qualified national awards recipients who independently and successfully apply to Pratt. These awards are in addition to any other merit scholarships the student has received from Pratt and are awarded for Scholastic awards in the senior year only. Pratt will award the following:

  • Portfolio Gold Award Recipients in General Art or Photography: $1500/year for four years
  • Portfolio Silver Award Recipients in General Art or Photography: $1000 a year for four years
  • Gold Award Recipients Individual works: $500 a year for four years

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will officially notify us of your National Award. For more information on the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, visit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers at (Please note that this award will not appear in your initial financial aid package since we usually do not receive official notification from the Alliance until after financial aid packages are determined.)

Outside Scholarships for Domestic Students

The financial aid office has compiled a list of scholarships that domestic undergraduate students can apply for that are outside of Pratt Institute. These agencies are independent of Pratt and evaluate each application based on their own criteria. You may download the list below in the download module

International scholarships
International students are eligible for our international merit-based scholarships. International students do not qualify for need-based aid. There is no application for the merit-based scholarships awarded to incoming students, and all accepted applicants are considered automatically. To qualify for merit-based scholarships, you are not required to submit a FAFSA. 

Outside Scholarships for International Students
The financial aid office has complied a list of outside scholarships that international students can apply for. These agencies are independent of Pratt and evaluate each application based on their own criteria. You may download the list below in the download module.

Restricted and Endowed Scholarships
These scholarships and grants are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and/or financial need. There are no special financial aid forms for Restricted and Endowed Scholarships, although departmental applications may be required. Recipients are selected by deans or department chairpersons based on criteria established by the donors. These awards are made for one year only and are based on the availability of funds in any given year. A list of these scholarships is available in pdf form below.

All undergraduate students
Maintain satisfactory academic progress
Must be recommended by appropriate department.
Satisfy all special eligibility requirements.

  • Minimum Annual Amount - $500
  • Maximum Annual Amount - $1500
  • Maximum Lifetime Amount Per Student - None
  • Repayment Terms - None

Net Cost
In considering colleges, it is important to understand whether the schools you are looking at award merit scholarships in addition to need-based aid. Pratt has a generous merit-based scholarship program. Three out of five freshmen at Pratt receive a merit scholarship ranging from $6,000 to $21,000 (architecture) or $19,000 (other programs) a year. Check our Net Price Calculator to estimate your merit and need-based aid.


Merit scholarships are based on the student’s cumulative GPA at PrattMWP including the fall term of second year. Brooklyn students who transfer to PrattMWP will be considered for scholarships when they return to Pratt in Brooklyn based on their cumulative GPA from their first year at Pratt and their first semester of their second year at PrattMWP. Students who submit the FAFSA will also be considered for need-based aid.

3.9 and higher $26000
3.8-3.89 $23000
3.7-3.79 $22000
3.5-3.69 $18000
3.3-3.49 $14000
3.0-3.29 $11000

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