University description (as per official university website)
The path begins by choosing an interior design school where you can develop your ability to design and create inspiring spaces; a place where you can take the images and ideas in your head and give them life; an academic environment that will prepare you to become a practicing professional in interior design. You're here - exploring and discovering - to design your future.
Picture yourself a few years from now. Where do you see yourself? Do you have an image of yourself at work; totally engaged in a career that's meaningful and self-fulfilling? Perhaps it's something you've envisioned for a long time. What is interior design? It's way more than most people think.
We're not fortune tellers, but...
At Design Institute we can see the future of our students at work. Your future is built into everything we do. There are many interior design schools and programs, but when you find the right school for you, it can change everything.
Our faculty practice what they teach and you receive the benefit of their wide experience. The advanced degrees they earned have been applied to their interior design careers and to the interior design courses they teach. They know the value of an education extended into real life – business, professional organizations, changing technologies, opportunities to do creative work and also, their desire to pass on what they know to the next generation. They are here to teach you, guide you, and be your mentors.
By the time you graduate you will have taken courses from more than thirty interior designers, architects, computer technologists and scholars in the arts and sciences.
You are the future of interior design. The path you want is here, waiting for you.
Financial Aid Director
Many students and their families seek financial help in paying for a college education. Design Institute of San Diego participates in all applicable federal and state financial aid programs and will provide assistance to prospective students in determining eligibility for loans and grants. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Complete details regarding financial aid are available through the Financial Aid Office and prospective students are encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Director at any time. A free Preliminary Financial Aid Profile will be done for anyone who has applied to the college. This profile is an estimate of financial aid eligibility for grants and loans.
The role of the Financial Aid Office is to assist financial aid applicants in any way possible. Prospective students may apply for financial aid before being admitted to the college, but must be accepted for admission before financial aid can be awarded. An application for financial aid in no way affects a prospective student's chances for admission. It is advisable to begin the application process early in order to meet filing requirements and deadlines.
Who is eligible?
In order to receive financial assistance, a student must meet the following criteria:
The student must be enrolled or accepted into the program with the intent to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree, full-time (12 or more units) or part-time (6-11 units).
The student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. International students (I-20 Visa holders) are not eligible for financial aid at Design Institute.
The student must maintain satisfactory progress standards (Please refer to Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in the catalog.)
The student must not be in default on any loans, nor owe a refund to any other institution for funds received under any Federal grant programs. Further, parents or legal guardians of dependent students must not be in default on the repayment of the Plus Loan.
The student must certify that he/she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing or use of a controlled substance.
What kind of Financial Aid is available?
Financial aid comes from the federal government, State of California, and private scholarships. There are two types of aid: gift aid and self-help aid. Students may be awarded a combination of these or a "package". Gift aid (grants, scholarships) does not have to be earned or repaid. Self-help aid must be repaid (loans) or earned (work-study). The following is a summary of financial aid programs in which Design Institute participates: