Scholarships, Financial Aid & Discounts


We understand that paying for summer programs can be a financial strain, so we want to ensure that our Summer Academies in the Arts program is accessible to all students. Below are the different forms of financial assistance we offer. If you need additional assistance or have further questions, please contact Outreach at


We are able to offer full and partial scholarships to participants who demonstrate artisitic excellence, as well as financial need.  At least four full scholarships will be awarded to participants, with at least one full scholarship in each of the four disciplines - Art, Dance, Drama, and Music - as well as a limited number of partial scholarships.

Application deadline has been extended! Please read the scholarship guidelines and complete the online Scholarship Application Form by MAY 8, 2019 at 8:00 AM (PST) in order to be eligible. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered, no exceptions. Recipients will be notified via email by May 20, 2019.  

For Expressive Robotics and/or Coding+Design scholarships, visit the Beall Center for Art + Technology at Scholarships due May 20th.


Eligible students should demonstrate the following:

  1. Artistic excellence
  2. Financial need
  3. Good academic standing
  4. Interest in pursuing an artistic discipline as part of their college or career path


To be considered to receive a Summer Academies in the Arts Scholarship, students must submit all Scholarship Application materials consisting of the following items:

  • Scholarship Application Form: Please fill out the online form completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Artist Statement: Should be no more than one (1) page, typed double-spaced. Applicants should consider the following with regard to their artistic discipline: why you are applying for this scholarship, why you do the art form that you do, why you chose your discipline and medium or style, what does it mean to you to practice your discipline, what is your goal?
  • Artistic Work Sample:
    • For Art Academies: No more than three (3) images of recent visual artwork.
    • For Dance, Drama and Music Academies: An audition video, no more than three (3) minutes in length. Videos must show the applicant only. Videos of ensembles will NOT be accepted. (Work sample is not needed for the Digital Music Production course.)
    • Images should be JPEG or PNG files. Videos should be MOV or MP4 files. Files should not exceed 1MB in size.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Should be from a teacher or instructor who can speak to the student’s artistic excellence and/or perceived financial need.

Evaluation & Award

Applications will be reviewed according to artistic discipline by faculty or staff of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Applications will be heavily weighted based on artistic excellence, academic standing, personal and professional goals, and financial need. Scholarship amounts may be used to offset registration costs only, and may not be used to cover the cost of meals, or credit.  Scholarships are subject to course enrollment and, though we do not anticipate needing to take such action, may be cancelled should enrollment not be sufficient.

Thank you to the Richard B. Siegel Foundation and the Assistance League of Irvine for their support towards the Summer Academies in the Arts scholarships.

Deadline & Submission

Application deadline has been extended! Applications must be completed and submitted no later than May 8, 2019 at 8:00am (PST). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded by May 20th to recipients via email. Should there be a delay in the selection process, candidates will be notified via email.  All scholarship applicants will be reserved a registration spot in their selected Academy.

[You may download a copy of the 2019 Summer Academies in the Arts - Scholarship Guidelines here:]

Applications have closed. Financial Aid is still available.

Please contact for further questions.

Students may apply for Financial Aid to help subsidize registration fees.  Financial aid will be provided to qualifying households based on the following:

  Financial Aid
  75% 50% 25%


Annual Income <
 2  $33,820  $50,730  $67,640
 3  $42,660  $63,990  $85,320
 4  $51,500  $77,250  $103,000
 5  $60,340  $90,510  $120,680
 6  $69,180  $103,770  $138,360
 7  $78,020  $117,030  $156,040
 8  $86,860  $130,290  $173,720

The above chart is based on the 2019 Health and Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines. Household income and size will determine the amount of aid awarded to the student. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application within two (2) weeks of receipt of application via email.  A promo code will be provided to deduct the financial aid awarded from their online registration costs.

Please note that although applications need only be submitted at least two (2) week prior to the first day of the Academy, we do have registration limits that often fill up quickly.  Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis.  Therefore, we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to secure your spot in the Academy.  


Students have the option of setting up payment plans should they not be able to fully pay for their registration upfront. Please contact Outreach at for more information.

Special discounts on registration for the Summer Academies in the Arts are available for the following members of our community:

  • Returning Academy Scholars
  • UC Irvine Faculty and Staff
  • UCI Alumni

Email Outreach at with your affiliation and the specific Academy of interest to receive your promotional code. Discounts are subject to change and availability.