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Tuition and Estimated Costs of Attendance

CalArts Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition at CalArts is established annually by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change each year.  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 than any financial aid awarded) are due on or before registration each semester. 

For new students, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $700, 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.

2017-18 Tuition, Fees, and On-Campus Housing

All figures are for the full, two-semester academic year:

  • CalArts Tuition - Graduate, Undergraduate, and DMA: $46,830

       Tuition - M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics - 1st year (up to 24 units): $37,500

  • Student Activity/Student Life Fee: $116
  • Technology Fee: $500
  • Mandatory* Medical Insurance: $2,775 for 2016-17; may increase for 2017-18 (* Fee waived if student is covered under other medical insurance)
  • On Campus Housing:

- Chouinard Hall (undergraduates): $9,420 single occupancy; $6,460 double occupancy

- Ahmanson hall (graduate students): $8,260 for a private bedroom in an apartment suite

NOTE: Effective Fall 2016, all first-time residents on Chouinard Residence Hall will be required to participate in the 10 meal/week plan.  You may upgrade your meal plan to a 14, 17, or block meal plan if you choose to do so during registration each semester.

2016-17 Tuition, Fees, and On-Campus Housing

All figures are for the full, two-semester academic year:

  • CalArts Tuition: $45,030
  • Student Activity/Student Life Fee: $116
  • Technology Fee: $500
  • Mandatory* Medical Insurance: $2,775 for 2016-17 (*Fee waived if student is covered under other medical insurance)
  • On-Campus Housing:

Chouinard Hall (undergraduate) - $9,150 single occupancy; $6,280 double occupancy

Ahmanson Hall (graduate) - $8,030 for a private bedroom in an apartment suite

* Effective Fall 2016, all first time residents in Chouinard Residence Hall will be requried to participate in the 10 meal/week meal plan.  You may upgrade your meal plan to a 14, 17 or block meal plan if you choose to do so during registration each semester.

Estimated Cost of Attendance Budget**:

  • Meals: $4500
  • Transportation: $2,000
  • Medical: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous: $3,000
  • Books and Supplies per year:
    • School of Art: $1800-$2500
    • Critical Studies: $1000
    • School of Dance: $1000
    • Film/Video: $3500-$4500
    • Experimental Animation: $3000-$3500
    • Character Animation: $1300
    • Film Directing: $5000
    • School of Music: $1000
    • School of Theater: $1000-$2000

**These amounts are estimates only; a student's actual costs may vary.

Estimated Payment Worksheet for 2016-17

After you review the estimated costs above, you can use the 1617 Estimated Payment Worksheet.xls to help estimate your educational costs for the 2016-17 school year.

Last edited by mryan on Jan 11, 2017
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