Through our commitment to a high level of service and support at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the Financial Aid Office provides financial assistance, resources, and information to all current and prospective students.

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to foster the educational goals of CalArts students by focusing on financial strategies that help promote access, affordability, and persistence toward completing their degree program as well as succeeding beyond our campus.

Financial Aid, as referred to in higher education, is a wide array of funding sources and types that are awarded to students for the purpose of assisting with costs associated with attending college. Sources of financial aid include, but are not limited to, private, institutional, state and federal.

Reminders & Updates

CalArts Financial Aid Office Closed on August 24

The Financial Aid Office will be at an off-site retreat on Wednesday, August 24, and will be unreachable all day.

CalArts Financial Aid Office Working Remotely August 15 through August 25 

Due to the Campus Power Shutdown, the Financial Aid Office will be working remotely from August 15 through August 25.  We can be reached by email at and phone at 661-253-7869.  Note that we are closed on Fridays during the summer; we plan to be back on campus on Monday, August 29.

Zoom Office Hours: Wednesdays at 3:00pm - 4:00pm at 

Drop in to our financial aid office hours Wednesdays between 3:00pm to 4:00pm to go over any financial aid questions that you have.

March 2, 2022 - FAFSA, California Dream Act Application and CalGrant GPA Verification Form Due

Deadline to complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and submit a *Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant award.

*GPA Verification Form should only be used by students whose school has not submitted a GPA on their behalf.

March 2, 2022 - Self-Service Proxy 

Students can now designate one or more individuals as authorized parties to have access their FERPA protected information on Self-Service; this includes financial aid, student accounts and registration information.

To learn more and set up Proxy access please click here.