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Pacific Northwest College of Art Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$41,564 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$28,866 tuition
$8,500 off campus room & board
$1,000 books
$3,198 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$41,564 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$28,866 tuition
$8,500 off campus room & board
$1,000 books
$3,198 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,881 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
100% of students receive aid
41% get federal aid ($4,518 avg)
11% get state aid ($1,838 avg)
99% get institn'l aid ($10,881 avg)
93% get loans ($6,939 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 9.82% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 9.82% 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 $12,973 99%
Federal Grant Aid $4,518 41%
Pell Grants $4,276 41%
Other Federal Grants $625 16%
Institution Grant Aid $10,881 99%
State Grant Aid $1,838 11%
Student Loans $6,939 93%
Federal Loans $6,167 93%
Other Loans $13,506 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: August 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Pacific Northwest College of Art offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1241 NW Johnson
Portland, OR 97209-3023
(503) 226-4391
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,203
Out of State $1,203


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Jazmine from Maywood, CA
  • Dec-08-2012 I am a current student here

    We can use as much of the art supplies, within reason, that the school has as long as we're students here.

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  • S from Portland, OR
  • Oct-31-2012 I am a current student here

    PNCA is extremely expensive, but also very generous with scholarships. If you apply and can't afford to go, talk to their financial aid department because you can probably work something out. Sometimes I get depressed with how much it costs, but the academics are so strong it ultimately feels worth the money (I do wish I didn't have to pay for health insurance since I can't afford the deductible, but that's not their fault).

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  • 1
  • Haley from Corvallis, OR
  • Aug-17-2012 I am a past student here

    You'll never spend so much on so little as you will at PNCA. Sure, the school has all the equipment you'll ever need, but I honestly felt like I actually backtracked on my road to becoming a good artist. I never painted *once* in class the entire year I attended PNCA. Not once. At least 80% of class time is dedicated to critiquing everyone's homework. Even if someone brings in a 10-minute drawing, you're going to spend 20 minutes talking about it. So basically, you're spending all that money to have someone critique you're homework for 20 minutes a week in each class. The rest of the time you'll spend critiquing everyone else's artwork, or talking about contemporary art world until you're blue in the face.

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  • Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR
  • May-17-2012 I am a current student here

    PNCA tries to keep their tuition costs under control. While generally speaking; nationally colleges raised their 2012 tuition on average by over 6% PNCA increased tuition by only 1.5% over last year.

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