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Tuition & Financial Aid Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not need to be repaid, and can be an important part of your college financial planning. Our Financial Aid staff will assist you with identifying and applying for the scholarships and/or grants for which you may qualify.

See below for a current list of institutional scholarships and grants available to those who qualify at Flashpoint Chicago:

Scholarships and Grants

AwardAward TypeAward AmountDegree Programs
Early Acceptance
Scholarship
Institutional
$5,000 - $10,000All Programs
Summer 2018 Kickstart
Scholarship
Institutional$2,000 or program specific laptopAll On Campus Programs
Opportunity GrantNeeds-based$2,000All Programs
Achievement ScholarshipMerit-basedUp to $20,000All On Campus Programs
Online Achievement ScholarshipMerit-basedUp to $10,000All Online Programs
Yellow Ribbon ScholarshipMilitary Benefit100% Match of Yellow
Ribbon Benefits from VA
All Programs
Future Filmmaker ScholarshipTalent-basedUp to $10,000Film Programs
Emerging Engineer ScholarshipTalent-basedUp to $10,000Recording Arts Programs
Digital Art and Communications Pixel Pusher ScholarshipTalent-basedUp to $10,000Animation, Digital Art, and Graphic Design
Alumni ScholarshipInstitutional$5,000All Bachelor’s Programs
Presidential ScholarshipMerit-BasedUp to $10,000All Programs

2018 EARLY ACCEPTANCE SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $10,000 for bachelor’s degree-seeking students and up to $5,000 for associate degree-seeking students

Eligibility: Applicants, graduating High School in 2018, who meet the following criteria in accordance with the stated deadlines may be eligible to receive the Early Acceptance Scholarship:

  • December 30, 2017: Submit complete application
  • Gain acceptance for Summer or Fall 2018 Enrollment
  • January 15, 2018: Submit complete Enrollment materials

Complete Financial Aid Process, if applying for Federal Aid

Attend at least one Flashpoint event by April 1, 2018.

  • January 27th Accepted Student Day at Flashpoint
  • Hero’s Journey- February and March workshops
  • March 31st Open House

Submit a $250 deposit

** Does not include admissions interview or campus tour. Event may be an open house or workshop for on-campus students. Does not apply to online students.

Students who fail to complete all of the above steps will be disqualified from consideration for the Early Application Scholarship. For continued eligibility beyond First Year status, students must be in good standing (academically and institutionally) with the school as well as maintain Full-Time* status in their program. Award amounts will be prorated for transfer credits.

For additional information on the Early Acceptance Scholarship criteria, please contact the Flashpoint Admissions or Financial Aid teams.

FLASHPOINT SUMMER 2018 KICKSTART SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $2000

Eligibility:

  • Must demonstrate academic potential
  • First Term students beginning matriculation at Flashpoint in July 2018
  • Must be enrolled Full-Time* in an on-campus program

Distribution: Eligible students will have two award options from which to choose: a computer meeting the current Flashpoint published specifications or a scholarship award up to $2,000. The scholarship will be applied in two equal installments within the first academic year.

2018 FLASHPOINT OPPORTUNITY GRANT

Flashpoint is pleased to offer a needs-based, institutional grant for on-ground and online students to be enrolled at Flashpoint during the 2018 calendar year.

Value: $2000

Eligibility:

  • First Term students only
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the below requirements
  • Must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Students must have a post-verification (if selected) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 1,000 or below

Distribution: Applied in two equal installments within the first academic year.

FLASHPOINT ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $20,000 total for bachelor’s degree-seeking students or up to $6,000 total for associate degree-seeking students

Eligibility:

  • First Term students will automatically be considered for this merit-based scholarship
  • An unweighted CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from most recently attended accredited institution
  • Full-Time* Student Status
  • Beyond Academic Year (AY) 1, for continued eligibility, students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher each term at Flashpoint

Distribution:

  • Amounts distributed over four years for a bachelor’s program
  • AY1: $2,000
  • AY2: $4,000
  • AY3: $6,000
  • AY4: $8,000 for a total of $20,000
  • Amounts distributed over two years for an associate program
  • AY1: $2,000
  • AY2: $4,000 for a total of $6,000
  • Amounts prorated based on any incoming transfer credit.

For example, if an incoming student has three semesters remaining to complete an associate’s program, the maximum Achievement Scholarship amount awarded could be $4,000 ($1,000 in semester one funding + $1,000 semester two funding + $2,000 in semester three funding).

FLASHPOINT ONLINE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $10,000 total for bachelor’s degree-seeking students only

Eligibility:

  • First Term students who begin courses during the 2018 calendar year will automatically be considered for this merit-based scholarship
  • An unweighted CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from a high school or post-secondary institution at the time of enrollment
  • Full-Time* Student Status
  • Beyond Academic Year (AY) 1, for continued eligibility, students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher each term at Flashpoint

Distribution:

  • Amounts distributed on a cumulative basis over four years
  • AY1: $1,000
  • AY2: $2,000
  • AY3: $3,000
  • AY4: $4,000 for a total of $10,000
  • Amounts prorated based on any incoming transfer credit.

For example, if an incoming student has three semesters remaining to complete an associate’s program, the maximum Achievement Scholarship amount awarded could be $4,000 ($1,000 in semester one funding + $1,000 semester two funding + $2,000 in semester three funding).

YELLOW RIBBON GI EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Flashpoint participates in the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program to assist new and continuing veteran students in funding their education. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Flashpoint coordinates with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure full coverage of a veteran’s institutional charges from the College.

Value: Flashpoint provides an institutional scholarship matched by the VA to ensure that the student’s tuition and fees are covered 100% despite the annual cap set by the VA.

Eligibility: In order to access this benefit, a veteran must qualify into the 100% coverage tier of the Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter 33 Benefits Program.

For additional information, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.


Established for the 2018 Academic Year, Flashpoint is pleased to announce program-specific, portfolio-based scholarships for incoming students who demonstrate early initiative and creative potential through a collection of work.  The chart below outlines submission deadlines and decision dates for all terms.

UPDATE: The portfolio scholarship deadline for both the Summer and Fall 2018 starts has been EXTENDED to June 15, 2018 for students who have applied after January 31, 2018 for admission to Flashpoint. Award decisions will be completed by June 30, 2018 for the June 15, 2018 deadline submissions.

Term Submission Deadline Decision Date
January 16, 2018 December 27, 2017 January 05, 2018
May 14, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 04, 2018
July 9, 2018 February 16, 2018 March 01, 2018
Fall 2018 February 16, 2018 March 01, 2018

FUTURE FILMMAKER SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • First Term Students enrolled Full-Time* in an on-campus program
  • Students must provide samples of their own creative work meeting the published criteria to be reviewed by the Flashpoint Scholarship Committee.
  • Award recipients must enroll and maintain Full-Time status in their program
  • $250 deposit paid prior to submission of work samples

Distribution:

  • Applied in two equal installments within the first completed academic year

Submission Guidelines:

  • Demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration in the area of film through work samples that meet the below criteria
  • Portfolios will be judged based on the student’s vision as evidenced by originality and clarity of story, technical ability and overall production quality.

Criteria for Film Work Submissions:

MUST INCLUDE:

  • Minimum one-page write-up that describes the following:
  • the applicant’s specific contribution to the work
  • the inspiration for the piece
  • the aesthetic and creative concepts for the piece
  • Five pieces of work submitted according to the below specifications:

Your portfolio can include any of the following:

  • Films: Duration: 10 minutes or under (File format .mov)
  • Still Photographs: (File format .jpg or .PDF)
  • Screenplays, Written Stories, Essays: (File format .PDF)
  • Storyboards accompanied by Shot List: (File format .jpg or .PDF)

EMERGING ENGINEER SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • First Term students enrolled Full-Time* in an on-campus program
  • Students must provide samples of their own creative work meeting the published criteria to be reviewed by the Flashpoint Scholarship Committee.
  • Award recipients must enroll and maintain Full-Time status in their program
  • $250 deposit paid prior to submission of work samples

Distribution:

  • Applied in two equal installments within the first completed academic year

Submission Guidelines:

  • Demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration in the area of recording arts through work samples that meet the below criteria
  • Deliver one of the following:
  • a portfolio of personally recorded and/or mixed songs or instrumentals
  • a portfolio of original sound design work for film, theater, other media
  • a portfolio of mixed music/sound design

Criteria for Music Submissions

MUST INCLUDE:
Minimum one-page write-up that describes the following:

  • the applicant’s specific contribution to the work
  • instrumentation of the songs
  • the approach to these recordings/mixes/designs
  • Music selections/songs with a minimum of 3-minutes in length

There are no musical style criteria. However, music that incorporates recording with mixing human voice and/or physical instruments will take precedence over use of electronic instruments/softsynths.

Must be in accordance with the below specifications:

  • File Format: Stereo .wav
  • Minimum 16-bit
  • 44.1 kHz

Criteria for Sound Design Submissions
MUST INCLUDE:
Minimum one-page write-up that describes the following:

  • the applicant’s specific contribution to the work
  • the aesthetic and creative concepts behind the creator’s design
  • Original work only and be of sufficient length to show quality and creativity

Must be in accordance with the below specifications:

  • Sound design for visual media (File format .mov)

Original sound design not synched to visual media:

  • File Format: Stereo .wav
  • Minimum 16-bit
  • 44.1 kHz

DIGITAL ART AND COMMUNICATIONS PIXEL PUSHER SCHOLARSHIP

Value: up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • First Term students enrolled Full-Time* in an on-campus program
  • Students must provide samples of their own creative work meeting the published criteria to be reviewed by the Flashpoint Scholarship Committee.
  • Award recipients must enroll and maintain Full-Time* status throughout the duration of their program
  • $250 deposit paid prior to submission of work samples

Distribution:

  • Applied in two equal installments within the first completed academic year

Submission Guidelines:

  • Demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration in the area of recording arts through work samples that meet the below criteria
  • The work will be judged based on individual voice, creativity, and technical execution
  • Deliver one of the following:

Criteria for Graphic Design and Interactive Media Submissions: 

MUST INCLUDE:

  • 7-10 pieces of work
  • File Format: .PPT or .PDF
  • Work done by the applicant— can be traditional art, photography or design work

Criteria for Digital Art and Animation Submissions:

MUST INCLUDE: 

  • 7-10 pieces of work
  • File Format: .PPT or .PDF
  • Work done by the applicant— can be traditional art, photography or design work
  • If the piece is animated, please submit a Vimeo link to a hosted version of the video file.

2018 FLASHPOINT ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

A special scholarship aimed at recognizing alumni achievements and in support of their future education and career goals.

Value: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Graduates of Flashpoint who completed matriculation by December 2017 or earlier
  • Awardees must enroll in a second Flashpoint program and maintain Full-Time* status

Distribution:

  • Applied in two equal installments within the first year of enrollment into a Flashpoint on-ground or online bachelor’s program

Note for Flashpoint Graduates Continuing their Education at the College in 2018

In the event that a Flashpoint student graduates from an associate’s program and enters a bachelor’s level program within the 2018 calendar year, the student will receive either the Achievement or Alumni Scholarship. The award determination will be based on the continuing graduate’s eligibility for each award and will take into consideration which scholarship provides the greater financial benefit to the student.

FLASHPOINT PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Established for the 2018 Academic Year, Flashpoint is pleased to announce the Presidential Scholarship to be awarded to students who demonstrate achievement in academics throughout their tenure at Flashpoint.

Value: up to $10,000

Eligibility:

  • Students must be referred to the Scholarship Committee by their Program Chair
  • Awardees must remain enrolled and maintain Full-Time* status in their program

Distribution:

  • Applied in two equal installments during the student’s awarded academic year

Submission Guidelines:

  • Upon referral, applicants will be required to provide samples of their own creative work for review by the Flashpoint Scholarship Committee.
  • Demonstrate creativity, skill, and collaboration in the student’s area area of study

*12+ credit hours per semester, unless approved in writing by the Registrar

Flashpoint reserves the right to withhold the scholarship in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found among applicants. Final scholarship awards are at sole discretion of the Flashpoint Scholarship Committee.

*Unless approved in writing by the registrar.

See Flashpoint’s academic catalog for additional information regarding the qualifications for scholarships and grants.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more about the institutional aid offered at Flashpoint or to receive assistance with completing the FAFSA for federal aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 312.506.4644.

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