Funding Your Education

Let us help you keep college affordable.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is a remarkably affordable place to study art and design. In fact, we offer a world-class art and design education at a lower tuition rate than just about every other comparable national art and design college. We also recognize that "affordable" means different things to different people. But we believe anyone who seeks higher education should have the opportunity to complete a degree, regardless of personal finances. And we'll do everything we can to help you make that happen.

Scholarships and Grants

Last year, KCAD awarded over 2.7 million dollars in scholarships and grants. What's more, our students receive scholarships from a variety of outside scholarship sources including Celia Moh, the Grand Rapids Foundation, the Berkowitz Scholarship Fund, the Grand Rapids Furniture Designers Association, the Bienenstock Furniture Library Scholarship, and many more.


Regardless of the school you choose, everyone who wants financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid Process

There are many steps involved to receiving financial aid to help pay for your education.

Tuition & Expenses

We're committed to providing you a world-class art and design education at an affordable price.

Financial Literacy

Take a look around. The information here will help you make informed financial decisions throughout your college years and into your professional life.

Summer Financial Aid

If you plan to attend classes during a Summer semester, it is recommended that you plan your finances well in advance.

Study Away Financial Aid

Planning on doing a study abroad program? Planning your finances well in advance will give you the best options for success.

Medical Illustration Consortium Process

Information about registering and paying for the required classes at GRCC and MSU.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must be making progress towards their degree(s) in a timely manner in order to continue to receive financial aid.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated academic year costs for undergraduate and graduate US and Canadian students

Net Price Calculator

This is a tool that can be used to estimate the "net price" to attend KCAD. It is the difference between the full cost to attend minus any grants and scholarships for which students may be eligible.

Total Withdrawal From Classes

Policy for returning Federal Financial Aid if a student withdraws from all registered classes

Ferris State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran or military status, height, weight, protected disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable State or federal laws or regulations in education, employment, housing, public services, or other University operations, including, but not limited to, admissions, programs, activities, hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, or retention. Retaliation against any person making a charge, filing a legitimate complaint, testifying, or participating in any discrimination investigation or proceeding is prohibited.

Students with disabilities requiring assistance or accommodation may contact Educational Counseling & Disabilities Services at (231) 591-3057 in Big Rapids, or the Director of Counseling, Disability & Tutoring Services for Kendall College of Art and Design at (616) 451-2787 ext. 1136 in Grand Rapids. Employees and other members of the University community with disabilities requiring assistance or accommodation may contact the Human Resources Department, 420 Oak St., Big Rapids, MI 49307 or call (231) 591-2150.

Inquiries or complaints of discrimination may be addressed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 120 East Cedar St., Big Rapids, MI 49307 or by telephone at (231) 591-2152; or Title IX Coordinator, 805 Campus Dr., Big Rapids, MI 49307, or by telephone at (231) 591-2088. On the KCAD Grand Rapids campus, contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, 17 Fountain St., Grand Rapids, MI, (616) 451-2787 ext. 1113.

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