Scholarships

SAE Institute offers a range of scholarships to assist students during their studies. Our scholarship program is about investing in future professionals and rewarding creative and academic excellence.

About our Scholarship Program

At SAE Institute and SAE Expression College, we support students in need and reward achievement, dedication, and future potential. Our Scholarship Program offers the following scholarships to students accepted to certain programs that meet eligibility requirements:

Merit and Need Based Scholarships

  • Merit or Need-Based
  • Covers up to 25% of Program Cost
  • Open to Domestic and International Students

If you believe in your potential, apply now for one of our scholarships and show us why you think we should invest in you!

Read our Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Merit Based Scholarships

SAE Institute's Merit Based Scholarships provide financial assistance to domestic and international students who are accepted full-time to a program at SAE Institute or SAE Expression College. A Merit Based Scholarship pays up to 25% of the total program cost.

A Merit Based Scholarship applicant must be:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • A U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, or International Student
  • Accepted full-time into a program at SAE Institute

The scholarship application is complete once all items are received by the Student Accounts Office:

  • Completed Merit Based Application: SAE Institute | SAE Expression College
  • Completed and Filed Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • A Letter of Recommendation sent directly to the college to ensure authenticity. The Letter of Recommendation cannot be written by a member of the applicant's family.
  • Original Essay, two pages, double spaced with 12 point font. The essay topic is "Why I Should Receive this Scholarship over Another Student." Essay should be attached to the completed application.

Due Date: Complete application package is due to the Financial Services office no later than 7 business days before the start of the term.

Need Based Scholarships

SAE Institute's Need Based Scholarships provide financial assistance to students with limited financial means who are accepted full-time into an SAE Insitute or SAE Expression College program. A Need Based Scholarship pays up to 25% of the total program cost.

A Need Based Scholarship applicant must be:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Accepted full-time into an SAE Institute program

The scholarship application is complete once all items are received by the Student Accounts Office:

  • Completed Need Based Scholarship Application: SAE Institute | SAE Expression College
  • Completed and Filed Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • A Letter of Recommendation sent directly to the college to ensure authenticity. The Letter of Recommendation cannot be written by a member of the applicant's family

Due Date: Complete application package is due to the Financial Services office no later than 7 business days before the start of the term.

Atlanta Music Business Scholarship

SAE Institute's Music Business Scholarships provide financial assistance to domestic students who are accepted full-time to a Music Business program at the Atlanta campus.

A Music Business Scholarship pays up to $6000 of the total program cost.

  • To apply, students must meet the following criteria:
  • 17 years of age or older
  • U.S. citizens only
  • Accepted full-time into a Music Business program
  • The scholarship application is complete once all items are received by the Student Accounts Office:
  • Completed application (this form)
  • Completed and Filed Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Original Essay, two pages, double spaced with 12 point font. The essay topic is "Why I Should Receive this Scholarship over Another Student." Essay should be attached to the completed application.

Due Date: Complete application package is due to the Financial Services office no later than 7 business days before the start of the term.

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SAE Expression College International Student Scholarship

SAE Expression College's International Student Scholarship is for full-time students attending the College on an appropriate student visa.

The International Student Scholarship pays 10% of the total program costs.

  • To apply, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Meet the Admissions requirements of SAE Expression College
  • Complete a scholarship applicaiton
  • Submit an electronic portfolio with a minimum of three projects to be reviewed by an SAE Expression College faculty member
  • The scholarship application is complete once all items are received by the Student Accounts Office:
  • Completed application (this form)
  • Electronic portfolio, emailed directly to the college, with a minimum of three projects

Due Date: Complete application package is due to the Financial Services office no later than 3 months before the start of the term.

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Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Scholarships Terms and Conditions

These scholarships are awarded in line with the following terms and conditions:

  • Scholarship funds may only be used toward the cost of a SAE Diploma or Degree Program and may not be redeemed for cash value.Scholarship funds are non-transferable and may only be used for the program and term of study for which they were awarded.
  • The scholarship is non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for any monetary value whatsoever.
  • SAE Institute will attempt to contact the selected recipient using the phone and email information provided on this application. If the recipient does not respond within 7 days of the first contact attempt, the scholarship offer will be rescinded.
  • SAE Institute encourages all applicants to complete enrollment prior to applying for scholarships, as award notifications are not guaranteed before the start date of the term of study.  Award notifications can be dependent on the number of scholarship applications submitted and can vary from 2 weeks before to 2 weeks after the start date of the program or term of study.
  • If the recipient does not enroll or otherwise accept the scholarship by the commencement of classes for the intended program and term of study, the scholarship will not be awarded.
  • Scholarship funds will be disbursed periodically throughout the program. After the initial disbursement, the recipient must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and “good standing” as defined in the school catalog to continue to receive scholarship funds.
  • If the recipient withdraws or is dismissed from the program, any remaining scholarship balance will be refunded to the Scholarship Fund after a Return to Title IV calculation is performed and refunded, if applicable.
  • If the recipient fails to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and “good standing” as outlined in the school catalog, the scholarship will be forfeited and the recipient is liable for all remaining tuition charges that would have otherwise been paid by the scholarship.
  • SAE Institute reserves the right to not award a scholarship if no applicant meets eligibility requirements and/or scholarship provisions as outlined above.
  • Scholarships are not guaranteed, nor will a scholarship award secure a seat in the program or term of study for the recipient.