Tuition and Deadlines

Fall 2023 (9/11/23-12/17/23)

July 5 Wednesday Fall 2023 Tuition Statements published online and payment period begins
August 8 Tuesday Fall Registration Begins (New Students)
August 10 Thursday Tuition payment deadline for Fall 2023, after this date your account will be placed on a registration hold and assessed a $200.00 late fee
September 1 Friday International Orientation - Required for all incoming international students
September 4 Monday Labor Day Holiday (administrative offices closed)
September 5 – 10 Tuesday – Sunday  New Student Orientation
September 7 Thursday Course Advising & Faculty Engagement Day
September 11 Monday Fall 2023 Classes Begin/Start of Fall semester
September 11 – 22  Monday-Friday Fall Add/Drop Period 
Sept. 15 Friday Students dropped from Fall 2023 classes for unpaid balances
October 9 Monday Indigenous People’s Day (Institute closed)
Nov. 1 Wednesday Spring 2024 Tuition Statements published online and payment period begins
November 17 Friday Deadline for Course Withdrawals (‘W’ on transcript)
November 23 – 24 Thursday – Friday Fall Break (Institute closed)
December 4 Monday Winter session/Spring 2024
Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
December 9 Saturday Winter session & Spring 2024
Registration Opens
Dec. 15 Friday Tuition payment deadline for Spring 2024, after this date your account will be placed on a registration hold and assessed a $200.00 late fee
December 17 Sunday Fall 2023 Semester Classes End
December 18 – 
January 7
Monday-Sunday Winter Recess
December 22 Friday Fall 2023 Grades Due 


Winter Session 2024 (1/8/24*-1/19/24)

January 3  Wednesday New Student Orientation
January 8* Monday Winter Session 2024 Classes Begin
January 8 – January 12  Monday – Friday Winter Session Add/Drop Period
Jan. 12 Friday Students dropped from Spring 2024 classes for unpaid balances
January 15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Institute
January 19 Friday Winter Session 2024 Classes End
January 26 Friday Winter Session 2024 Grades Due

*Winter session is a part of the Spring academic term. Therefore, this date is the start of the Spring semester. 


Spring 2024 (1/22/24-5/10/24)

January 22 Monday Spring 2024 Classes Begin/Start of Spring semester
January 22 – February 2  Monday-Friday  Spring 2024 Add/Drop Period 
February 19  Monday President’s Day (Institute closed) 
March 23 – March 31 Saturday – Sunday Spring Break 2024
March 25 – April 26 Monday-Friday Summer Registration Opens
April 1 Monday Cesar Chavez Day (Institute closed)
April 5 Friday Deadline for Course Withdrawals (‘W’ on transcript)
April 29 Monday Fall 2024 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
April 29 Monday Grading Opens
May 4 Saturday Fall Registration Opens 
May 5 Sunday Spring 2024 Classes End
May 6 – May 10 Monday – Friday  Spring 2024 Métier Review/Presentation Week
May 10 Friday Graduation Ceremony/End of Spring semester
May 20 Monday Spring 2024 Grades Due
2023-2024 Graduation Reviews Due
May 21 Tuesday Summer 2024 Payment Deadline
May 27 Monday Memorial Day (Institute closed)
May 31 Friday 2023-2024 Mentor Reports Due        


Summer 2024

June 3 Monday Summer 2024 Classes Begin/Start of Summer semester
June 7 Friday Summer 2024 Drop Period Ends
June 19 Wednesday Juneteenth (Institute Closed)
July 2 Tuesday Deadline for Course Withdrawals (‘W’ on transcript)
July 4 Thursday Independence Day (Institute Closed)
August 9 Friday Summer 2024 Classes End
August 19 Monday Summer 2024 Grades Due 


Tuition Refund Policy

Tuition for students who withdraw from CalArts or take a leave of absence for the term are adjusted according to the following schedule. Fees are non-refundable. 

Students are responsible for any outstanding balance remaining after tuition adjustment. If you are receiving financial aid, your leave/withdrawal may affect your financial aid for the current and/or future terms.

You can find the Leave of Absence and Withdrawal forms here.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Timing Refund Percentage
Before Classes Begin 100%
Leave/Withdraw during 1st Week 90%
Leave/Withdraw during 2nd Week 75%
Leave/Withdraw during 3rd Week 50%
Leave/Withdraw during 4th Week 25%
Leave/Withdraw after 4th Week 0%