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Scholarship Information for New Graduate Students

First off, as a newly accepted graduate student at CalArts, take a moment to congratulate yourself. You are poised to join a new community and embark on an artistic and academic adventure that has the potential to shape your development as a creator for years to come. It is no small feat to make it into these highly selective graduate cohorts, and you earned it! 

We understand that the cost of funding a graduate degree is always a concern. Please read below to understand the range of options available to you to help cover the expense of continuing your education.

CalArts Institutional Scholarship Methodology 

CalArts offers a range of financial aid options including institutional, federal, state and private funding sources. CalArts’ institutionally-funded scholarships and grants are aimed at increasing equity in CalArts classrooms and ensuring a diversity of voices have access to a CalArts education. Below is a brief description of how we award financial aid.

Step 1: Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships are the first component of the CalArts financial aid package.

All admitted students are considered for Merit Scholarships based on the admissions portfolio or audition.   The size of these scholarships will vary depending on the school and program you have been admitted to. In some programs, your Merit Scholarship may also be supplemented through teaching assistantships, work stipends, or other forms of campus employment.

Step 2: Need-Based Aid

Federal Financial Aid Programs

There are no CalGrants, Pell Grants, or other state or federal assistance grants offered to graduate students through the State of California or the Department of Education.  For domestic students, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify you to receive a Federal Work Study allocation, and is also required if you plan to take out a Federal Unsubsidized Loan. .  FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To apply, go to and use CalArts’ School Code 001132.

Step 3: Your Award Letter

The CalArts Financial Aid Office may reach out to you by email if we need additional documentation or information in order to accurately process your financial aid award. Check your email regularly and respond promptly to ensure we finalize your complete award package in a timely manner.

Once your financial aid package has been finalized, we will send you notification by email that your award is ready to view. At that time you will be able to log into your self-service page to see all of the components of your educational funding options. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about your financial aid package, or would like to discuss other possible options for funding your education. The best way to reach the office is by email, at

Step 4: CalArts Scholarship Appeals

After you have received your award letter, if you would like to be considered for additional need-based scholarships from CalArts, please complete our New Student Scholarship Appeal Form. Because this is a need-based appeal, only students who have completed the FAFSA ( domestic students) or the CSS Profile (international students) will be considered.

To learn more about Financial Aid at CalArts