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California College of the Arts Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$63,624 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$48,648 tuition
$12,986 on campus room & board
$1,500 books and supplies
$490 fees
(Based on stats from 2019/2020)

$63,624 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$48,648 tuition
$12,986 on campus room & board
$1,500 books and supplies
$490 fees
(Based on stats from 2019/2020)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$26,062 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
74% of students receive aid
26% get federal aid ($5,758 avg)
12% get state aid ($8,128 avg)
77% get institn'l aid ($26,062 avg)
46% get loans ($10,795 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 2.69% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.69% 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 $29,313 74%
Federal Grant Aid $5,758 26%
Pell Grants $4,497 30%
Other Federal Grants $2,750 2%
Institution Grant Aid $26,062 77%
State Grant Aid $8,128 12%
Student Loans $10,795 46%
Federal Loans $8,574 46%
Other Loans $21,003 4%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
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 College of the Arts offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1111 Eighth St.
San Francisco / Oakland, CA 94107
(800) 447-1278


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 1
  • N/A Piedmont CA
  • I am a current student here

    This school costs 64,000 dollars a year if you include housing. For the size and what they offer that is far too much. This is not calarts or risd. This is a small private college that invests their money more in shiny new iMacs rather than paying the staff and good facilities.

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  • 3
  • Bo
  • I am a current student here

    Education is great, the rest, not so much.

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  • 4
  • Jessica from San Francsico, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Its an expensive school, and classes require more money for materials, tools, and other supplies, but the experience has been worth every penny. You learn from the best, meet all kinds of new people, experience many new cultures, and are given so many opportunities not given to students in other schools. You will work hard, and you will love it.

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  • 5
  • Xavier from Tallulah, LA
  • I am a past student here

    China Town has great affordable food and pastries that I would recommend if you were on a budget, not only for eating out but also groceries too. The best place to go for groceries if you live in Oakland would be Smart and Final, they sell in bulk but for the most part you save a lot. The great thing about the city is that there is very affordable and filling food. My favorite food chain is Pizza Man, which was right down the street from Webster Dorm. Their pizza is three dollars a slice for pepperoni and the slice is usually the size of your face. Another great eatery next to the dorm sold 10 pieces of Louisiana style fried chicken for five dollars, plus you would get fries with that, oh yea. If you are like me and like to stretch your dollar you would be happy living in downtown Oakland like I did.

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