The Office of Student Experience at CalArts provides a variety of student support and advocacy services, including career services, personal counseling, special events and activities, and student-sponsored clubs and organizations. 

The Office of Student Experience (OSE) also offers assistance to students with disabilities and addresses issues pertaining to student rights and responsibilities, including Title IX. Student Experience additionally seeks to assist students with transitions, from adjusting as a new student to the CalArts community to preparing for a career post-CalArts. The staff is dedicated to helping students deal with challenges and problems in all aspects of their lives.


Student Code of Conduct

Students are responsible for abiding by the community standards, policies and regulations outlined in this document. Failure to read, or being unaware of Institute policy is not a valid excuse when allegedly violating CalArts regulations.

For any questions, please contact the Office of Rights and Responsiblities at studentconduct@calarts.edu.

The 2020-2021 Student Code of Conduct is available here. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional Code of Conduct addendum will be active. You can find that addendum here. Other CalArts student policies can be found here.



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Assistance Grants

Student Experience handles the application process for several assistance grants. Registered students who have unmet financial need and need assistance are eligible for these grants. 

DAFCA (Disney Artists for CalArts) Grants: DAFCA grants are designed to assist students with emergencies that cannot be addressed by obtaining an Emergency Loan. Registered students who have unmet financial need are eligible to receive $100 maximum but in special circumstances may be eligible for up to $200 per academic year. The application for DAFCA grants can be found here. Grants are awarded as long as funds are available and are not made during breaks. NOTE: The DAFCA grant is considered a qualified educational need grant, and CalArts is not required to report the income to the IRS. However, the grant may still be taxable to the student, and should be reported to the IRS by the student.

Center for Life and Work Travel Grants: NOTE FOR 2020-2021: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be awarding Travel Grants this school year. Current students may apply for a Center for Life & Work Travel Grant to fund travel expenses incurred during creative or academic pursuits and projects, or to support the success of the student's experience in their program. Travel funds can include airfare, transportation, lodging, and any entrance or registration fees. Travel can occur any time throughout the year and grants will be distributed through reimbursement, based on the amount approved through the application. Awards range between $100 - $300. For more information, see the Travel Grant page. NOTE: The CLW Travel Grant is considered a qualified educational need grant, and CalArts is not required to report the income to the IRS. However, the grant may still be taxable to the student, and should be reported to the IRS by the student.


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