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San Francisco Art Institute Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$52,248 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$35,748 tuition
$13,844 on campus room & board
$1,786 books
$870 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$52,248 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$35,748 tuition
$13,844 on campus room & board
$1,786 books
$870 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$11,346 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
64% of students receive aid
21% get federal aid ($4,787 avg)
7% get state aid ($6,731 avg)
62% get institn'l aid ($11,346 avg)
46% get loans ($5,184 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 5.32% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.32% 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 $13,201 64%
Federal Grant Aid $4,787 21%
Pell Grants $4,128 20%
Other Federal Grants $941 20%
Institution Grant Aid $11,346 62%
State Grant Aid $6,731 7%
Student Loans $5,184 46%
Federal Loans $5,060 45%
Other Loans $10,000 1%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: May 31
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does San Francisco Art Institute offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133-2299
(415) 771-7020
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,566
Out of State $1,566


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Katice from Hayward, CA
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    For a better time on a budget I would suggest checking out It's best place to check before doing anything. Also, check out Blicks or Michaels for art supplies. If you have more time, search for materials online for a cheaper cost.

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  • 4
  • Artistreview
  • Feb-18-2013 I am a current student here

    Many great artists either taught, or studied at SFAI. It is amazing how much history in names and events this school has to offer, and who knows? you might just be the next great artist that came from SFAI.

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  • 4
  • Bryon from Denver, CO
  • Jun-05-2012 I am a current student here

    SFAI compares to any major art program in the US as far as cost. It is actually cheaper than some schools that don't neccessarily provide a better program.

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  • 2
  • Claudia
  • Mar-26-2012 I am a current student here

    ugh...The school is very very expensive. A lot of people are taking loans and such things.

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