Tuition, fees, and on-campus housing (if applicable) are charged per semester. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the start of each semester. Students and families have several options:
Assessment of Late Fees
California Institute of the Arts reserves the right to assess a late fee of $200 if your registration  is not complete by the due date.
To settle my student account, I intend to make full payment of my costs by check, cash, credit card or wire transfer. The expectation is that you will remit payment for the total balance due on your student account by the due date. To determine the balance due, deduct any fully processed financial aid awards from your semester charges. As long as payment of the balance due is received at CalArts by the due date, your account is considered settled.
To settle my student account, I intend to utilize financial aid including private loans. The expectation is that the various components of your financial aid award will be set for disbursement by the due date and will be sufficient to cover the balance due on your student account. Any loans included in your award must meet the following criteria: credit check approved (if applicable), promissory note received by the lender, and disbursement date set. It is not necessary for Cal Arts to have received payment from any of your loans. It is only necessary for the disbursement dates to be established by the due date. Even if the actual disbursements will occur well after the due date, as long as they are established by the due date, your account is considered settled.
To settle my student account, I intend to set up a monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems. The expectation is that your monthly payment plan account will be active, accurately budgeted and current by the school’s due date. In addition, CalArts must receive a signed promissory note. If these conditions are met by the semester due date, your student account is considered settled.
In an effort to help students and families meet their educational expenses, CalArts has partnered with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to administer a monthly payment plan. CalArts payment plan is an Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan, handled by Tuition Management Systems, which allows you to divide tuition and other expenses into four smaller monthly payments spread out over the semester.