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For Spring and Fall 2021 Admissions

Financial Aid


The shift to online learning and/or the state’s stay-at-home directive has had a negative impact on my grades and qualifications (e.g., precalculus for the BSCS program). 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 apply 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 or to 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.


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, DigiPen has made the SAT and ACT requirements optional for all spring and fall 2021 applicants.


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. If you are unable to submit any of our preferred forms of proof of English proficiency, you may submit a Duolingo test score. Based on the TOEFL and IELTS equivalency for Duolingo, test takers must achieve a score of 110 or higher. At-home TOEFL test scores will also be accepted.


My GRE exam date was canceled. 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 in-person or 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 spring or fall, we will require an official transcript as soon as it becomes available. If your official high school transcript does not become available before your first day of classes, 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 this negatively impact my application?

No. We understand that a student’s education is gained over many years and not based on one semester or one year. We will accept the grading scale that the your school has instituted and will continue to evaluate applicants holistically, considering all qualifications and circumstances in our admission decisions.


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

Applicants who were accepted for fall 2020 but did not enroll may still defer the start of their courses to the spring 2021 semester. If you choose this option, you will complete your first semester in the spring and your second semester during the summer 2021 term (May 3, 2021 - July 23, 2021). You would then move into the regular fall and spring semester rhythm for the 2021-22 academic year. If you are interested in starting in the spring semester, please email admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.

All 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 2020 academic year and deferred until 2021 may also defer for one additional year.


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?

On-campus visits are currently limited to those who make prior arrangements with DigiPen staff or faculty. There are also 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 in their first semester and beyond. Two of these new/expanded programs — the Bridge Scholarship and the Shield Scholarship — are open to new/incoming students for spring and fall 2021. 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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