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For Fall 2020 Admissions

Financial Aid


I started an application, but I’m not sure whether I should finish it because of the impact the shift to online learning and/or the state’s stay-at-home directive has had on my grades and qualifications (e.g., precalculus for BSCS and CE programs). What should I do?

We understand that this transition has been difficult for everyone and we’re taking this into consideration when evaluating applications. We’d still like to encourage you to complete your application for a number of reasons:

  • When completing your application, you can explain any unusual circumstances in your optional essay.

  • You can find out whether you are accepted to the school, and then make the decision to enroll for this fall or defer to a future semester.

  • Even if your application isn’t accepted, you’ll get important feedback on what can be improved upon when you apply again in the future.

  • If you still wish to cancel your current application, we can do so at your request. Email us at admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu for more information.


With the SAT and ACT canceling their exam dates this spring and summer, will DigiPen still require them for all first-time college applicants?

No. Due to the reduction of available testing dates, we’re waiving the SAT and ACT requirements for any current or new applicants. Please email us at admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu if you’ve been unable to take the SAT or ACT.


As an applicant, am I at a disadvantage by not submitting an SAT or ACT test score?

No. Your application will not be disadvantaged if you’re unable to submit a test score. We evaluate applicants holistically and consider all qualifications and circumstances in our admission decisions.


Are international applicants still required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?

Yes. International students are still required to submit English proficiency exam scores that meet DigiPen’s admission requirements. In recognition of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also accepting the Duolingo English Test for any applicants. Based on the TOEFL and IELTS equivalency for Duolingo, test takers must achieve a score of 105 or higher. At-home TOEFL test scores will also be accepted.


My GRE exam date was canceled for this spring/summer. Will DigiPen still require the GRE exam for all MSCS applicants?

Yes. The GRE exam is required of all MSCS applicants. We are accepting scores for the at-home exam, which is being offered in all countries except for mainland China and Iran. If you are an applicant who lives in either of these two countries or have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from completing the at-home exam, please email admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu to discuss alternatives.


My high school, college, or university is closed or inaccessible, and I’m having trouble getting transcripts. What should I do?

If you can’t get an official transcript mailed to DigiPen, you may provide an unofficial transcript, a mid-year report card, or individual class grades for the time being. Should you enroll in the fall, we will require an official transcript as soon as it becomes available. If your official high school transcript does not become available before the fall semester, please contact the Office of Admissions to discuss alternative proof of high school completion. If you are unable to provide an unofficial transcript, mid-year report card, or individual class grades, then please email the Office of Admissions at admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu to discuss alternatives.


What if my school is using Pass/Fail grades or a new grading format? Will DigiPen rescind my decision?

No. We understand that a student’s education is gained over many years and not based on one semester. All we need to see is that incoming students have graduated from high school and will accept the grading scale that the school has instituted. We do not plan to rescind accepted students’ decisions.


May I apply after July 1?

Yes. However, we encourage all applicants — especially international applicants — to apply by July 1 to ensure that they get the maximum time to receive a decision and plan for the fall. We will still accept applications after July 1 and try our best to ensure a timely response.


What if I’ve been admitted but I cannot attend this fall? What are my options?

We are currently evaluating several contingency plans should the pandemic prevent us from offering in-person classes as usual.

Accepted applicants may defer their acceptance for up to one full academic year without having to reapply for admission. Applicants who were admitted in the fall 2019 academic year and deferred until 2020 may also defer for one additional year.

Alternatively, if admitted applicants decide to un-enroll or decline their enrollment for this fall, they would need to reapply for future years.


Can I extend my enrollment deadline?

Should you need additional time to make a decision about your enrollment, we will gladly work with you on an agreeable date. Please email the Office of Admissions at admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu to request an enrollment deadline extension.


Are campus visits, tours, and information sessions currently being offered?

While on-campus visits are currently suspended, there are several upcoming online events that can help you discover more about the school. Our YouTube channel and website have several videos about our academic programs and what it’s like to be a student at DigiPen. Additionally, our admissions representatives would be happy to set up a one-on-one online meeting with you. Feel free to visit their online calendar to schedule a meeting.


My family’s income has recently changed. Is there a way to update my financial aid award package?

Yes. If there have been significant changes to your family’s income situation (see the Verification page for accepted examples of special circumstances), you may be eligible for a “professional judgment review,” a process in which a member of our Financial Aid staff may be able to update the income and/or tax information on your FAFSA to more accurately represent your family’s current financial circumstances. To request this process, contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid[at]digipen[dot]edu. Our staff will need to speak to the student to identify whether a professional judgment is an option, and if so, what type of documentation they may need to submit.


I’m concerned about my ability to pay for the upcoming semester’s tuition and expenses due to the impact of COVID-19. Does DigiPen offer financial assistance in this situation?

Yes. DigiPen has financial assistance programs specifically designed to support students continuing their education at DigiPen this fall and beyond. Two of these new/expanded programs — the Bridge Scholarship and the Shield Scholarship — are open to new/incoming students. For additional details on these programs, go to their respective links or contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid[at]digipen[dot]edu.

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