Everything you need to know to apply
for financial aid in Florida.


You must be a US citizen or resident alien and have not defaulted on a prior student loan.



If you are applying to the joint master's program with Florida International University, you will complete your financial aid through them.

Contact our
financial aid director.
Cheryl Seichrist
Financial Aid Director
 : 305.538.3193 ext: 1005  : 800.858.3190  : Email Me


Over 88% of our students already have college degrees from universities. The problem is their degree didn't lead them to their dream job. Miami Ad School's goal is to provide you with skills, opportunities, experiences and a network of industry contacts you can use to launch your career. So the question isn't "is it worth it?" but do you think you're worth it?

Common questions about financial aid:

Are there any scholarships?

Scholarships are available to Miami Ad School students during different times of the year. These scholarships do not have an open enrollment period. All students will be notified when a specific scholarship becomes available. For further questions contact Cheryl, the Director of Financial Aid: cheryl@miamiadschool.com.

  • Ad Fed Scholarship: Open to all incoming and current Miami Ad School students who are US citizens.   Average award is $500; deadline is late summer.
  • AAAA Operation Jumpstart: Open to minority US citizens just starting or within their first year. Up to $10,000 in two installments each fall; deadline is late summer. Get the application here.
  • AAAA Bill Bernbach: Open to all minority students in their second year. Awards up to $5,000; deadline is in the fall.
  • One Club Patrick Kelly Scholarship: Open to all incoming and current Miami Ad School students. Up to $2,000; deadline is in April.
  • One Club Scholarship for Creative Advertising: Open to all second year Miami Ad School students in US base schools. Amount varies; deadline is in the winter.
  • Leo Burnett Creative Development Endowment Fund: Open to fourth through seventh quarter Miami Ad School students studying in a US base school. Amount varies; deadline is in the winter.
  • Spring 2016 Scholarship Award from Reservation Counter: http://www.reservationcounter.com/scholarships/
  • Sallie Mae: Scholarships as unique as you are.  Learn more at SallieMae.com/ScholarshipSearch
  • Fantasy Sports Daily: Open to students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for higher learning, have a drive to improve themselves, and a desire to improve society in general. Winners will be determined by the Fantasy Sports Daily Executive team each Spring and Fall semester. They offer two ongoing scholarships per year, valued at $1,000 USD each. Apply here- https://www.fantasysportsdaily.com/scholarship
  • The HotelsCheap Scholarships for Higher Learning: Are awarded twice annually in the Fall and Spring of each year. The General Scholarship Award opportunity is available and accepting student applications through October 15, 2015 with a scholarship to be awarded in the amount of $1,500 USD.
    The scholarship link for student applications is located here: http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship
  • ChameleonJohn.com:  Annual $3,000 scholarship for students in the US.  The application deadline is January 31, 2016.  Apply here- http://www.chameleonjohn.com/scholarship
  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: The cancer alliance is awarding $4,000 per semester to a student that has dealt with cancer, personally or within their family, in an effort to help them further their education. Apply here- www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship   
  • Good Calls Best Decision Scholarship: Application Deadline December 31, 2015. Award: $2,500. Eligibility requirements and application: http://www.goodcall.com/scholarship
  • MoneyGeek Scholarship Search: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-sea...
  • GoGrad.Org guideline to help getting scholarships: http://www.gograd.org/financial-aid/scholarships/
  • CouponChief.com: Every year Coupon Chief will award one winner with $1,000 to put towards higher education. Apply here- https://www.couponchief.com/pages/scholarship
  • Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship: $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students who have been diagnosed with any type of diabetes and carry a 3.0 GPA.


  •  The 4A’s Foundation: The Operation Jumpstart Scholarship (OJS) Program was created in 1998 to assist talented multicultural art direction and copywriting students attend 4A’s selected portfolio schools and colleges. Scholarship applications can be found HERE and are due to the 4A’s by 5pm EST Friday, September 2, 2016.
  •  Miami Ad School Minority Scholarship: A scholarship and mentorship program designed for minority students that want a creative career in advertising. http://www.miamiadschool.com/blog/234/200000-in-minority-advertising-scholarships-
  • WONGDOODY Women in Advertising Scholarship: $5000 scholarship awarded to two woman a year. http://www.wongdoody.com/scholarships
  • TRUE&CO- The Future is Female: $3000 scholarship for coding, design, marketing or research. https://www.trueandco.com/scholarship
I am financially independent, my parents do not support me. Why is FAFSA asking for my parents' information?

The Department of Education considers a student to be "dependent" based on the student's age. The questions that determine whether you are a dependent or independent on your FAFSA are questions 48 through 60, if you can answer yes to any of these questions, and provide the necessary documentation, then you are considered to be an independent student and you will not be asked for you parents' information.

I received grants during my undergraduate, why can't I get them now?

Under the Department of Education's FAFSA guidelines, if you have already obtained a bachelor's degree or higher and you re-enroll in an undergraduate level program, the school cannot award Federal Pell Grants regardless of a student's financial need.

I completed my FAFSA but have not heard back from the school. What do I do now?

We have an automated system to process a FAFSA application; you must complete a student financial aid interview on the school's website. Without the financial aid interview we will not be able to process your FAFSA.

How will the funds be disbursed?

Once your FAFSA has been processed you will receive, by email, a financial aid award letter. Once you receive the award letter, the funds will be posted into your student account as a pending disbursement and will be applied toward your tuition balance. You are responsible for any remaining balances.

Can I qualify for low-interest US federal student loans?

There are two types of federal student loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized federal loans are loans where the government pays the interest that accrues on your loan. You must have a financial need to receive a subsidized loan. Financial need is calculated by the Department of Education based on the answers you provide on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For unsubsidized federal loans, it is not necessary to prove any financial need but you are responsible for the interest which accrues on your loan. These programs require the filing of a FAFSA. Deadlines for the FAFSA are 30 days before the start date but we encourage you to start the process much sooner.

Can I qualify for US federal financial aid?

Student loans and grants are the way many US citizens and legal residents cover their school and living expenses. If you already have an undergraduate degree, which most Miami Ad School students do, it is most likely your federal loans will generally cover most, but not all, of your entire tuition cost. Alternative funding or private loans are how most students cover the difference in financial aid coverage.

Are there private loans available for US citizens?

Alternative Funding Sources: These types of loans allow you to borrow for living and school related expenses up to the set cost of attendance. To qualify for these loans you must be a US citizen or permanent resident and have good credit. You must also be attending a Miami Ad School location within the United States.

Miami Ad School does not endorse any one lender. Each lender has a different loan approval criteria, fees and re-payment structure. We recommend you contact the lenders listed below and make an informed decision on which lender is best for you.

Private Lenders:

PNC Bank Resource Loan: 800-851-2892 
Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan: 866-972-5004
Sallie Mae Parent Plus Loan: 844-827-7478
KHEAA: 800-928-8926
Regions: 800-858-7822

On my award letter it says that the funds will be disbursed after the quarter starts, will I be charged a late fee on my tuition?

You will not be charged a late fee. Once you receive the award letter we post the funds on your student account; you are only responsible for any remaining balances.

I am taking out a private student loan to cover my living expenses, how do I get those funds?

Most private student loans are disbursed directly to the school. We will set up the disbursement dates for 10 Days before the scheduled start of a quarter. Once we receive payment from your bank it will be processed and a check will be issued in your name and sent to your Base School where you can pick up the check.

Why is my US financial aid only for three quarters? Can I get financial aid after my 3rd quarter?

Yes, qualifying students can receive financial aid for their entire time at Miami Ad School. Traditional financial aid covers two semesters at a time which is equivalent to a scholastic year of nine months. Miami Ad School operates on a quarter system, so three quarters is the equivalent of the financial aid award year. This means that after your third quarter, you will renew your financial aid for the following three quarters and finally, for the last two quarters at Miami Ad School.

Is there financial aid for the international students?

The US government does not extend student loans to international students. But, if you're Swedish you're in luck! The Swedish government provides financial support to its citizens studying abroad.

Does Miami Ad School participate in the Florida Prepaid College Plan?

Yes, students can use Florida Prepaid College Plan funds to attend Miami Ad School.


How to Apply

Step 1 - Download and complete the application.

Step 2 - Schedule a question and answer session.

Step 3 - Show us your creative samples and complete the creative assignments.

Step 4 - Send in your application, creative samples, and application fee.


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