CalArts scholarships are merit based, taking into account a variety of criteria and in consultation with School Deans and faculty. The amount of scholarship awards varies; it is based on the availability of funding and it may not exceed the cost of tuition. All scholarships are tuition–only awards, credited to your CalArts student account in equal disbursements each semester.
Many of the CalArts Scholarships are donated by individuals, organizations or foundations and will carry the donor's name. If you are a recipient of one of these donor awards you will be notified by our Advancement Office and asked to report annually in writing on your academic/artistic progress and write a thank-you letter.
CalArts Grants are need-based. The amount varies and eligibility is determined upon completion and assessment of the student's financial aid application.
Since financial aid is awarded each spring for the following academic year students must re-apply for financial aid each year. The priority financial aid application deadline is February 15 for the upcoming school year.
CalArts' Yellow Ribbon Policy
CalArts is a proud participant in the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For general information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit http://www/benefits.va.gov.gibill/ .
CalArts has pledged to contribute a maximum of $9,000 in scholarship/grant funds for tuition and fees for up to 10 students who qualify for the benefit each academic year. If scholarship or grant funds do not meet the $9000 maximum, the Institute will contribute the difference in matching grant/scholarship funds. This amount is then matched by the Veterans Administration.
Students who qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program must apply for financial aid at CalArts each academic year of attendance. If approved by the Veterans Administration for the Yellow Ribbon Program, the student will receive a Letter of Eligibility mailed to him or her directly from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The student must submit the letter to the VA Advisor in the CalArts Registrars Office as early as possible before the start of the school year.
Note: CalArts' participation in the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program is subject to annual funding approval by the CalArts administration.