Tuition is $605 per credit hour:

Year 1/33 hours: $19,965
Year 2/33 hours: $19,965
Year 3/30 hours: $18,150
Year 4/24 hours: $14,520

These charges are subject to change

Fees per semester:
Student Activity Fee (full-time) $150
Student Activity Fee (part-time) $75
Technology $50
Registration $60

One time fees:
Orientation $100
Graduation $100

See a tuition comparison to other private art institutions HERE


Studio Materials

Studio fees are included in tuition. Materials are the responsibility of the student and are not included in tuition, fees, or scholarships.


Financial Support

Scholarships – Through the generosity of our many donors, SSA has put together a pool of scholarship funds. Over 90% of students at the Southwest School of Art receive scholarships from this pool. Scholarship awards are determined by merit and need. The Admission Review Committee recommends scholarship and institutional aid amounts. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Full Scholarships

  • President's Scholarship (full tuition)


Partial scholarships (partial tuition):

  • Alturas Foundation Scholarship
  • Carolyn H. Harte Scholarship
  • Roxana Gage Catto Scholarship
  • Argo Group Scholarship
  • Edith McAllister Scholarship
  • Margaret Pace Willson Scholarship


Learn how to apply for scholarships HERE.


scholarships from sources outside of ssa

Students in SSA’s BFA program can use scholarships from outside sources to help defray their college tuition costs; such scholarships are available through a variety of organizations which have their own criteria for eligibility. Students are encouraged to research all scholarship avenues and to apply for any they think they might have a chance at receiving.   SSA is not involved in the selection process for outside scholarships, nor can SSA guarantee that students pursuing outside financial assistance will receive aid from these organizations.  Students should explore scholarships available from as many sources as possible, including those listed at the San Antonio Area Foundation website HERE.

For students’ convenience, SSA has narrowed the list of scholarships represented at this website to those for which we think our students might be eligible. See this shorter list HERE.


Payment Plan

The Southwest School of Art understands that students may need assistance in funding their education and offers a tuition payment plan.  Details and payment information can be found HERE


Federal Financial Assistance

The Southwest School of Art is not currently able to offer Federal financial, which means students who require financial assistance should apply for the scholarships listed above.