Each year, about 40 percent of Penland's students receive financial assistance. Penland offers financial assistance in six categories: general work-study, special work-study, partial scholarships, full scholarships, studio assistantships, and standby discounts. These programs are supported by annual fund gifts, foundations, end-of-session scholarship auctions, endowments, and Penland's general operating budget.
General work-study scholarship students do work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay a discounted tuition. There are more than 200 of these scholarships.
Special work-study students do work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay no tuition. There are more than 40 of these scholarships with varying qualifications for summer, and 2 for fall or spring.
Partial scholarship students receive a $1,000 scholarship for a two- or two-and-a-half-week class with no work requirement. Summer only.
Full scholarship students receive meals, dormitory housing, and tuition with no work requirement. There more than 25 of these scholarships with varying qualifications. There are 25 of these scholarships for summer only.
Studio assistants work in the studio before, during, and after their session, preparing for the class, and assisting the instructor and their fellow students. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay no tuition.
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Applying for a Scholarship
Available scholarships, application deadlines, and requirements vary depending on the session (spring, summer, fall) and the type of scholarship. Please pay careful attention to and follow the directions for applying outlined in the registration information for your desired session. We encourage you to apply for any scholarships for which you qualify; you will be considered for the most advantageous first.
Fall Concentration scholarship information
Spring Concentration scholarships information
Current K-12 teachers, college, university, and community college faculty, as well as residents of several local counties in North Carolina and Tennessee who take unfilled spaces in Penland summer classes and fall/spring one-week classes two weeks or less before the class begins receive half-price tuition. Standby discounts are available for fall and spring eight-week classes thirty days before the classes begin.
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