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Tuition and Fees


Tuition at CalArts is established annually by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change each year. Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $45,030 for full-time enrollment. It is anticipated that tuition will increase in successive years. New and prospective students will be notified when a change in the tuition rate occurs.

Tuition covers instruction, facilities, and some materials used within the regular programs. Students should be prepared to supply materials required for most projects. Tuition and fees (less any financial aid awarded) are due before or upon registration each semester. For new students, a nonrefundable admission deposit of $500, to be applied toward tuition, is due with the Statement of Intention to Register. Upon registration, new students must make a deposit of $300 to cover loss or damage to CalArts property (keys, library books, equipment, etc.). It is refundable at the time of graduation or withdrawal.


  • Health insurance fee: $2,775 for 2016-17 (payable with tuition; waived with proof of insurance)
  • Student Activity/Student Life Fee: $116
  • Technology fee: $500
  • Lab fees: May be assessed when necessary in certain courses, such as the Color Photo Lab, Mac Lab, and Critical Studies Lab.

Payment plan

CalArts offers payment options that can help you afford your education. Once accepted, you may enroll in one of the monthly payment plans offered by our partner, Tuition Management Systems. The payment option is available for a small enrollment fee and includes personal account service, automated account information 24 hours a day and access to your account through their website. Please visit our payment plan page for more information on payment options.

You may also use our Payment Worksheet to estimate different payment options.

Financial Aid

CalArts is committed to offering a wide range of financial assistance to its students. While the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and the student’s family, many families have limited resources and are unable to meet the high cost of college without financial assistance. Therefore, all applicants to CalArts are encouraged to apply for financial aid. (Applying for admission and applying for financial aid are two separate processes.) International students are not eligible for federal and state assistance.

For more detailed information on aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Last edited by kachzet on Nov 02, 2016
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