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California Institute of the Arts Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$59,599 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$45,030 tuition
$11,363 on campus room & board
$2,590 books and supplies
$616 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$59,599 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$45,030 tuition
$11,363 on campus room & board
$2,590 books and supplies
$616 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$12,101 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
75% of students receive aid
19% get federal aid ($4,999 avg)
10% get state aid ($6,529 avg)
72% get institn'l aid ($12,101 avg)
53% get loans ($10,009 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.04% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.04% 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 $14,325 72%
Federal Grant Aid $4,999 19%
Pell Grants $4,537 19%
Other Federal Grants $1,555 6%
Institution Grant Aid $12,101 72%
State Grant Aid $6,529 10%
Student Loans $10,009 53%
Federal Loans $5,901 52%
Other Loans $24,994 9%

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 $1,501
Out of State $1,501


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 1
  • Private from Valencia, CA
  • Sep-14-2016 I am a current student here

    The Art Program is awesome and sometimes gives you your own private studio! :D Film and Video classes and teachers are really awesome! :) Character Animation students and teachers are very nice and hard working! You'll come out with a job guaranteed! The music department is great!!!!!!!! Experimental Animation is full of posers and abusive people don't waste your time!

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  • 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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  • 4
  • 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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