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Art Center College of Design Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$53,082 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$35,052 tuition
$13,530 off campus room & board
$4,000 books
$500 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$53,082 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$35,052 tuition
$13,530 off campus room & board
$4,000 books
$500 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$9,470 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
67% of students receive aid
37% get federal aid ($5,091 avg)
23% get state aid ($7,669 avg)
53% get institn'l aid ($9,470 avg)
50% get loans ($7,579 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.05% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.05% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $14,246 61%
Federal Grant Aid $5,091 37%
Pell Grants $4,531 37%
Other Federal Grants $940 22%
Institution Grant Aid $9,470 53%
State Grant Aid $7,669 23%
Student Loans $7,579 50%
Federal Loans $5,442 50%
Other Loans $22,150 5%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
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Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1700 Lida St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 396-2200
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,461
Out of State $1,461


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Justin from Portland, OR
  • Oct-02-2014 I am a current student here

    The school has many instructors that are currently working in the design industry, which is a huge plus. There are many tools, equipment, and knowledge at your disposal, but needless to say, it is hugely expensive.

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  • 1
  • Beck from Pasadena, CA
  • Jan-22-2014 I am a past student here

    WAYYYY to expensive! $50,000 a year! You will not learn enough to compensate that! No way! The service by the staff is equivalent to the DMV. And soooo many crummy students are being accepted now. Might as well goto the Art Institute for the education your going to get at Art Center. But if you want to be $200,000 in debt - go here.

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  • 4
  • Isaac from Hacienda Heights, CA
  • Jan-15-2014 I am a current student here

    While tuition is pricey, you do get one of the best educations in design by professors who are industry professionals themselves and still practicing.

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  • 5
  • John Ives. Pasadena
  • Sep-05-2012 I am a current student here

    Its not cheap. But if arts what you want to do its the place to be. So its the price you pay to get the best possible education in you field.

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