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California Institute of the Arts Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$60,305 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$45,030 tuition
$12,069 on campus room & board
$2,590 books and supplies
$616 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$60,305 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$45,030 tuition
$12,069 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
83% 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)
45% get loans ($11,032 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 $11,032 45%
Federal Loans $5,901 52%
Other Loans $24,994 9%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
- Y Y Y Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 15
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
  • 3
  • anon, AA
  • I am a past student here

    Again people like this writer who didn't tie down their rendering and basic animation skills before joining this school would be better served figuring themselves out a community college, going to a liberal arts school and focusing heavily on illustration and design and considering calarts as a masters student. This is the track this writer has taken and they feel much better for it. It's unfair to give this school this rating as the writer is bitter at the course their experience there took but I hope this informs EA aceptees who are unsure of their abilities. You will not be built from the groundup, you will be accepted to just go and make to the best of your abilities.

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  • 1
  • Private from Valencia, CA
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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