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Financial Aid

The mission of the Financial Aid Office at CalArts is to help students in meeting their costs of attendance at the Institute. CalArts is committed to offering a variety of financial assistance to its students, including grants, scholarships, student loans, and work-study.

NEW for 2017-2018:

EARLY FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2017-18 is available at www.fafsa.gov as of October 1, 2016.

PRIOR-PRIOR YEAR TAX INFORMATION - In September, 2015 President Obama signed an executive order that allows families to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using income from the 2015 federal tax return (that same information that you provided if you filed a 2016-17 FAFSA).  This will allow students and parents to report accurate income information on the FAFSA, as the vast majority of families will have already completed their 2015 taxes by October 1, 2016. 

Transferring your 2015 tax information to the FAFSA -

As you complete the 2017-18 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov you will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which will load your 2015 tax information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS.  Using the IRS DRT saves you time and effort. If you need help using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources/irs-drt-text

Financial Aid Information for:

In the spring, students will receive an email notification with instructions to view financial aid awards online at hub.calarts.edu. Financial aid awards must be accepted or rejected online through the "Accept or reject my financial aid awards" link before financial aid can be processed. 

Satisfactory Artistic/Academic Progress: Students must maintain satisfactory artistic/academic progress in order to be eligible for financial aid.  Review this policy as well as the Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal and Appeal policy in the “Course Catalog and Academic Policies” publication.

Types of Financial Aid

Most domestic students receive financial aid from a variety of sources, which may include federal, state, private, and institutional funds:

Title IV Funding & Admissions Policy

To be eligible to receive Title IV funds, a student must be admitted as a regularly enrolled student with a high school diploma or equivalent, be beyond the compulsory age of attendance for the state of California, or dually enrolled at the college and a secondary school.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

A comprehensive guide to financial aid awards, eligibility, and student rights and responsibilities.

Contact the Financial Aid Office

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (Closed Fridays in the summer)

Email - finaid@calarts.edu
Telephone - 661.253.7869  or 800.443.0480
Fax - 661.287.3816

CalArts Financial Aid Office
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355

Last edited by cziemba on Jan 11, 2017
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