Tuition and Deadlines

Fall 2021

May 3 Monday  Fall 2021 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins 
May 18 Tuesday Fall 2021 Registration Begins (Continuing Students)
July 1 Thursday Payment period begins and tuition statements are available online
August 10 Tuesday Fall 2021 Registration Begins (New Students)
August 26 Thursday First Tuition payment deadline
August 27 Friday Account placed on hold and $200 late fee applied
August 28– September 4 Saturday – Saturday  Gateway Programs 
September 5 – 12 Sunday – Sunday  New Student Orientation
September 6 Monday  Labor Day Holiday (administrative offices closed) 
September 6 Monday Second tuition payment deadline
September 7 Tuesday Classes removed due to unsettled account
September 9 Thursday Course Advising Day
September 13 Monday Fall 2021 Classes Begin 
September 13 – 24 Monday – Friday  Fall Add/Drop Period 
September 17 Friday Final tuition payment and part-time registration deadline
September 19 Sunday Deadline to drop fall courses with 90% refund
September 26 Sunday Deadline to drop fall courses with 75% refund
October 3 Sunday Deadline to drop fall courses with 50% refund
October 10 Sunday Deadline to drop fall courses with 25% refund
October 11 Monday Indigenous People’s Day (Institute closed)
November 1 Monday Payment period begins and tuition statements are available online
November 19 Friday Deadline for Late Withdrawal (‘W’ on transcript)
November 25-26 Thursday-Friday Fall Break (Institute closed; offices closed)
December 17 Friday First tuition payment deadline
December 19 Sunday Fall 2021 Semester Classes End
December 20 Monday Account placed on hold and $200 late fee applied
December 27 Monday Fall 2021 Grades Due
Winter 2022
December 6* Monday Winter Session 2022 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
December 21* Tuesday Winter Session 2022 Registration Begins
January 4 Tuesday Second Tuition payment deadline
January 5 Wednesday Classes removed due to unsettled account
January 5* Wednesday New Student Orientation
January 6* Thursday Course Advising Day
January 10 Monday Winter Session 2022 Classes Begin
January 10 - 14 Monday-Friday Winter Session Add/Drop Period
January 14 Friday Final tuition payment and part-time registration deadline
January 16 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 90% refund
January 17 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Institute closed)
January 17 Monday Winter Session 2022 Grading Opens
January 21 Friday Winter Session 2022 Classes End
January 23 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 75% refund
January 30 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 50% refund
January 31 Monday Winter Session 2022 Grades Due

Spring 2022

December 6* Monday Spring 2022 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
December 17 Friday First tuition payment deadline
December 20 Monday Account placed on hold and $200 late fee applied
December 21* Tuesday Spring 2022 Registration Begins
January 4 Tuesday Second Tuition payment deadline
January 5 Wednesday Classes removed due to unsettled account
January 5* Wednesday New Student Orientation
January 6* Thursday Course Advising Day
January 14 Friday Final tuition payment and part-time registration deadline
January 16 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 90% refund
January 23 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 75% refund
January 24 Monday Spring 2022 Classes Begin
January 24 – February 4 Monday - Friday Spring 2022 Add/Drop Period 
January 30 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 50% refund
February 6 Sunday Deadline to drop spring courses with 25% refund
February 21 Monday President’s Day (Institute closed) 
March 26 – April 3 Saturday – Sunday Spring Break 2022
April 8 Friday Deadline for Course Withdrawals (‘W’ on transcript)
May 2 Monday Fall 2022 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
May 8 Sunday Spring 2022 Classes End  
May 9 – May 13 Monday – Friday Spring 2022 Métier Review/Presentation Week
May 9 Monday Spring 2022 Grading Opens
May 13 Friday Graduation Ceremony
May 23 Monday Spring 2022 Grades Due
June 2 Thursday 2021-2022 Mentor Reports/Graduation Reviews Due
Summer 2022
April 11 - May 13 Monday Summer 2022 Registration Period
May 17 Tuesday Summer 2022 Payment Deadline
June 5 Sunday Deadline to Drop Summer Courses with 100% Refund
June 6 Monday Summer 2022 Classes Begin
June 7  Tuesday Deadline to Drop Summer Courses with 75% refund
June 9 Thursday Deadline to Drop Summer Courses with 50% refund
June 10 Friday Summer 2022 Drop Period Ends
June 12 Sunday Deadline to Drop Summer Courses with 25% refund
July 1 Friday Deadline for Course Withdrawal ('W' on transcript)
July 29 Friday Summer 2022 Classes End
August 5 Friday Summer 2022 Grades Due

*Date applies to Winter Session 2022 and Spring 2022

View the Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule

*Official notice is the date a withdrawal or leave of absence form is received by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Required fees are non-refundable.
  • Course fees will be refunded until the last day to add or drop classes.
  • Refunds will be issued for complete withdrawal or leave of absence based on the above schedule. No refunds will be issued for a change in mode of instruction.
  • In direct correlation with the tuition refund policy, CalArts institutional scholarships/grants will be calculated according to the same percentage(s) as the tuition being charged/refunded to students who, for any reason, take a Leave of Absence or Withdraw from the Institute, following the start of an academic term.

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Academic Dates 

Fall 2020

May 4 Monday  Fall 2020 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins 
May 19 Tuesday Summer 2020 Registration Begins (Continuing Students)
August 11 Tuesday Fall 2020 Registration Begins (All Students)
August 31 Monday International Orientation
September 1–13 Tuesday–Sunday New Student Orientation
September 7 Monday Labor Day Holiday (administrative offices closed)
September 10 Thursday Course Advising Day
September 14 Monday Fall 2020 Classes Begin
September 14–25 Monday Fall Add/Drop Period 
October 12 Monday Indigenous People’s Day (Institute closed)
November 20 Friday Deadline for Late Withdrawal (‘W’ on transcript)
November 26–27 Thursday–Friday Thanksgiving Holiday (Institute closed; offices closed)
December 20 Sunday Fall 2020 Semester Classes End
December 28 Monday Fall 2020 Grades Due

Winter 2021

December 7* Monday Winter Session 2021 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
December 22* Tuesday Winter Session 2021 Registration Begins
January 6* Wednesday New Student Orientation
January 7* Thursday Course Advising Day
January 11 Monday Winter Session 2021 Classes Begin
January 11–15 Monday–Friday Winter Session Add/Drop Period
January 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Institute closed)
January 18 Monday Winter Session 2021 Grading Opens
January 22 Friday Winter Session 2021 Classes End
February 1 Monday Winter Session 2021 Grades Due

Spring 2021

December 7* Monday Spring Session 2021 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
December 22* Tuesday Spring 2021 Registration Begins
January 6* Wednesday New Student Orientation
January 7* Thursday Course Advising Day
January 25 Monday Spring 2021 Classes Begin
January 25–February 5 Monday–Friday Spring Add/Drop Period
February 15 Monday President’s Day (Institute closed)
March 27–April 4 Saturday–Sunday Spring Break 2021
April 9 Friday Deadline for Course Withdrawals (‘W’ on transcript)
May 3 Monday Fall 2021 Mentoring/Advising Period Begins
May 9 Sunday Spring 2021 Classes End
May 10–14 Monday–Friday Spring 2021 Métier Review/Presentation Week
May 10 Monday Spring 2021 Grading Opens
May 14 Friday Graduation Ceremony
May 24 Monday Spring 2021 Grades Due
June 3 Thursday 2020-2021 Mentor Reports/Graduation Reviews Due

Summer 2021

April 12–May 1 Monday Summer 2021 Priority Registration Period
May 2–14 Saturday–Friday Summer 2021 Late Registration Period
June 1 Monday Summer 2021 Begins
June 4 Friday Sumer 2021 Drop Period Ends
June 30 Wednesday Deadline for Course Withdrawal (‘W’ on transcript)
July 23 Friday Summer 2021 Classes End 
August 2 Monday Summer 2021 Grades Due 

*Date applies to Winter Session 2021 and Spring 2021.