Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Attain your dream of a GIA education with the help of a scholarship, grant or loan. GIA also accepts outside sources to fund your education, including vocational rehabilitation and Veterans’ benefits.
We encourage our students to apply for assistance.

US Federal Financial Aid for
On-Campus Programmes

To be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of Federal student loans and grants, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen or hold US Permanent Resident status. Plan to enrol in one of GIA’s aid-eligible programmes at our Carlsbad or New York campus. These include:
        ◦ Graduate Gemologist®
        ◦ Graduate Jeweler
        ◦ Jewelry Design & Technology Please note that Distance Education (eLearning and lab classes) are not eligible for US Federal Financial Aid. However, scholarships are available.

    We recommend you complete the following two steps to apply for financial aid at least two months before your class starts:

    STEP 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For instructions please click here.

    STEP 2: Download and complete the GIA Financial Aid Program Selection Form.

    STEP 3: If requested by the GIA financial aid team, complete additional forms.


GIA is now accepting scholarships applications for GIA programmes and courses.
The application period is currently closed. GIA-administered scholarships are available for GIA campuses worldwide.

  • Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships.
    Applicants are eligible to be awarded one scholarship each calendar year.
    All applications must be submitted online through the GIA website.
    Applications are accepted ONLY during the application period.
    The number of scholarships awarded, as well as the amount of each award, will vary by campus location, the number of qualified applicants received and GIA’s ability to effectively deliver the course or programme due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Several of GIA's scholarships may be awarded based on student financial need. Students in the US seeking need-based scholarships for GIA on-campus programmes are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Those students opting not to complete the FAFSA application will not be considered for need-based scholarships.
    For additional details on eligibility, how to apply and required documents, click here.

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