Financial aid for international students is very limited and highly competitive. Since they are not eligible for federal or state financial assistance, international students are only eligible for a CalArts scholarship and/or CalArts work-study, if they qualify.
We encourage international students to be fully prepared to fund their education and living expenses for the entire length of their time at CalArts. International students coming to the U.S. on a student visa are expected to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to them to support their living costs as well as their educational expenses while in the U.S. It is very important that international applicants plan for their overall financial needs for the entire length of the program.
IMPORTANT: The CSS PROFILE requires a credit card to pay the registration fee. The fee for the initial application and one college or program report is $25. Additional reports are $16.
Students must complete all required information. If you experience difficulty while filling out the PROFILE, please contact The College Board at 305-829-9793.
CalArts offers a payment plan through Tuition Management Systems that allows students to divide their tuition (and on-campus housing) payments into monthly installments. The payment option is available for a small enrollment fee and includes personal account service, automated account information 24 hours a day and access to your account through their website.
The best source of financial assistance for international students is often in their home country. Most grants, scholarships, and loans from public and private sources in the United States are restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Therefore, students should make every effort to identify potential funding sources before coming to the United States.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
Asian Cultural Council
BAFTA Los Angeles Scholarship
Canadian Educational Planner
Canadian Scholarship Portal
College Board – Paying for College
Edupass! The smart student guide to studying in the US
Fastweb Scholarship Search
FinAid! The smart student guide to ﬁnancial aid
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program
Graduate Women International
The Hellenic Times Scholarship
The Houtan Scholarship Foundation
Institute of International Education
Institute of International Education - Fulbright Fellowships
International Education Financial Aid
International Students Organization in America
Iranian-American Scholarship Fund
Iranian Scholarship Foundation
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation
NAFSA - Association of International Educators
OAS Rowe Fund - Up to $15,000 interest-free loans for study in the U.S.
Open Society Institute (OSI) Grants and Fellowships
U.S. Journal of Academics
U.S. Network for Education Information