Pratt offers undergraduate students various types of scholarships: a generous program of merit-based scholarships and restricted and endowed scholarships, as well as a variety of other special scholarships listed below under Additional Scholarships. In addition, need-based grants (gift) are added to the package to make the cost of attendance more affordable for more families. 

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. Check our Net Price Calculator to estimate your merit and need-based aid.

Presidential Merit-Based Scholarships

NOTE: Pratt is test optional for fall 2021.  As a result, merit scholarships for high school applicants are based on GPA and portfolio only for all programs including architecture.  Construction Management is based on GPA only as the program does not require a portfolio. Note that for architecture applicants who waive the portfolio requirement scholarships will be based on GPA and test scores.

The Presidential Merit-based scholarships are awarded upon acceptance by the admissions office according to a carefully developed program. 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. No separate scholarship application is required for consideration.

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: $3,000/year for four years
  • Portfolio Silver Award Recipients in General Art or Photography: $2,000 a year for four years
  • Gold Award Recipients Individual works: $1,000 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 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.

Scholarships for Students Transferring from Pratt’s AAS program to the BFA

Starting Fall 2020

Merit scholarships are based on the student’s cumulative GPA in the associate’s program (AAS transfer-track program only) including the fall term of second year. Students in the career-track AOS are not eligible for these scholarships. Students who submit the FAFSA will also be considered for need-based aid.

3.9 and higher $27000
3.8-3.89 $24000
3.7-3.79 $23000
3.5-3.69 $19000
3.3-3.49 $15000
3.0-3.29 $12000

PrattMWP Relocation Scholarships

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 $27000
3.8-3.89 $24000
3.7-3.79 $23000
3.5-3.69 $19000
3.3-3.49 $15000
3.0-3.29 $12000

Still have questions? Check out, a government website with excellent information on financial aid.

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.  

Additional Restricted and Endowed Scholarships

NOTE:  The scholarships listed below do not require an additional application for consideration.  All accepted students meeting the criteria for scholarships listed below will automatically be considered upon acceptance and notified by April 15 if they have been selected for one of these awards.  It is not necessary to contact us if you would like to be considered; it is automatic. Whether a student applies for the admissions early action or regular decision deadline will not impact consideration for these awards.

The Balenciaga and the Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) Full Scholarship
Renowned fashion house Balenciaga and The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) have partnered to establish two full undergraduate scholarships for Pratt Institute students. These scholarships, funded by a generous gift from Balenciaga, will support diversity within fashion and design education and their professional fields, where diverse voices are often underrepresented. The Balenciaga and The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) Full Scholarship provides a $600,000 commitment to cover full undergraduate attendance—including tuition, fees, room and board, supplies, and books—for two students. These scholarships are to be awarded for the fall of 2021, with one supporting an incoming student in the fashion program and the other supporting an incoming student in design, art, or architecture.

Two admissions information sessions will be held to provide more information about Pratt, its programs, and this scholarship. 

*Students will not need to submit an additional scholarship application for consideration. However, they must complete and file the FAFSA. All applicants meeting eligibility criteria will automatically be considered. The scholarships will be granted to students with demonstrated financial need, merit, excellent portfolio, and a competitive GPA. Recipients must U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are first-time college applicants and demonstrate significant financial need.

BAP was founded in 1990 to identify and advance scholastic and professional opportunities for Pratt students and alumni of African and Latino descent. BAP's objective is to advance those opportunities by sharing resources, cultivating an influential network, and utilizing professional contacts. Overall, BAP helps promote an understanding of how diversity can better society at large. BAP's mission reflects a guiding principle of Pratt Institute's founder Charles Pratt, who said in 1887, “I want to found a school that shall give everybody a chance.” And, reflecting Charles Pratt's visionary spirit, Pratt Institute has the distinction of having the first Black alumni association within the art and design institutes of New York. 

Additional Scholarships

Alma H. Borgfeldt Scholarship

Ralph Appelbaum Endowed Scholarship

Black Alumni of Pratt Endowed Scholarship

Sam and Pearl Bronet Scholarship

Bill and Barbara Hilson Scholarship

Piaule Scholarship

Stan Richards Endowed Scholarship

Burke-Vigeland Scholarship

Lou Switzer Endowed Scholarship

Sam and Pearl Bronet Temporary Scholarship

Yunni & Maxine Pao Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Suzie Schaefer Baum Scholarship

The Catbird Scholarship for Diversity in Jewelry Arts

Pratt President's Wallace Augustus Rayfield Scholarships

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