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California Institute of the Arts Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$52,896 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,976 tuition
$10,575 on campus room & board
$1,785 books and supplies
$560 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$52,896 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$39,976 tuition
$10,575 on campus room & board
$1,785 books and supplies
$560 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,886 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
69% of students receive aid
31% get federal aid ($4,570 avg)
8% get state aid ($7,562 avg)
63% get institn'l aid ($10,886 avg)
56% get loans ($9,735 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.33% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.33% 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 $13,684 64%
Federal Grant Aid $4,570 31%
Pell Grants $4,024 31%
Other Federal Grants $1,200 14%
Institution Grant Aid $10,886 63%
State Grant Aid $7,562 8%
Student Loans $9,735 56%
Federal Loans $6,980 56%
Other Loans $28,529 6%

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 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does California Institute of the Arts offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355-2397
(661) 255-1050
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $999
Out of State $999


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • NS from Los Angeles, CA
  • Jul-13-2014 I am a current student here

    It's expensive and the buildings could use some maintenance. However, the programs and professors are incredible, so it's worth the higher price.

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  • Marvin from Norwalk, CA
  • Mar-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Again, this depends on how much you're willing to put into it yourself. Personally, as a filmmaker, I've already made such huge leaps and bounds in terms of both personal growth as a filmmaker and understanding of how to navigate the film industry after graduation, so it's been really valuable.

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  • Preston from NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV
  • Dec-19-2012 I am a current student here

    The independent studies are one of the best thing about our school. It gives you the opportunity to study one on one with a faculty of your choice within your school(be it music, dance, fine art, etc.). I've done my best working while taking an independent study.

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  • 5
  • Erin from Saugus, CA
  • Sep-29-2012 I am a current student here

    It's a really expensive school, so look for scholarships and really take advantage of the classes, guest seminars, and performances the school has to offer. That said, the faculty, students, and guests are amazing and you are exposed to a lot of possibilities at CalArts that you would never see at other colleges.

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