Through our commitment to a high level of service and support at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the Financial Aid Office provides financial assistance, resources, and information to all current and prospective students.

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to foster the educational goals of CalArts students by focusing on financial strategies that help promote access, affordability, and persistence toward completing their degree program as well as succeeding beyond our campus.

Financial Aid, as referred to in higher education, is a wide array of funding sources and types that are awarded to students for the purpose of assisting with costs associated with attending college. Sources of financial aid include, but are not limited to, private, institutional, state and federal.


Reminders & Updates

March 22 Zoom Office Hours Cancelled; Hosting Webinar on Finding Outside Scholarships

Our regular zoom office hours are cancelled for this Wednesday, March 22, as we are hosting a webinar on finding outside scholarships at that time.  See below for information on accessing the webinar; please contact us via email or phone with any questions that you have, we can set up individual zoom meetings as well.

Webinar: Scholarships - Finding Free Money For College

In this session, students will learn key tips on applying for scholarships, where to find scholarships as well as how to create a winning scholarship essay. 
Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30pm
https://calarts.zoom.us/j/99357513836

Financial Aid Office Working Remotely From March 27 - March 30, Closed on March 31

The Financial Aid Office will be working off-campus from Monday, March 27 - Thursday, March 30.  During these days, you can contact us by email at finaid@calarts.edu or phone at 661-253-7869, and we can also schedule individual zoom meetings.

Our office will be closed entirely on Friday, March 31, due to observance of the Cesar Chavez Holiday.  We will be back on campus Monday, April 3.

Zoom Office Hours: Wednesdays at 3:00pm - 4:00pm at https://calarts.zoom.us/j/97701034261 

Drop in to our financial aid office hours Wednesdays between 3:00pm to 4:00pm to go over any financial aid questions that you have.

2023-2024 FAFSA Now Available

The 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available to complete at https://studentaid.gov/fafsa-app/ROLES.  You can view more information on completing the FAFSA, including an instructional video, at https://calarts.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/how-to-apply.  The Institute's priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is February 28. 

Virtual Workshops on FAFSA and California Dream Act 

The California Student Aid Commission is offering virtual workshops (webinars) to students and families for assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA).  You can see available dates and register to attend at https://www.csac.ca.gov/post/cash-college-workshop-registration.

March 2, 2023 - FAFSA, California Dream Act Application and CalGrant GPA Verification Form Due

Deadline to complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and submit a *Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant award.

*GPA Verification Form should only be used by students whose school has not submitted a GPA on their behalf.


Designate Student Information Access

Students can now designate one or more individuals as authorized parties to have access their FERPA protected information on Self-Service; this includes financial aid, student accounts and registration information.

To learn more and set up Proxy access please click here.



Welcome CalArts Parents and families, we are so excited to have your student join our diverse community of artists! Since we communicate directly with the student you are strongly encouraged to review the complete website to get all the facts regarding the application procedures, deadlines, grants, scholarships, loans and work programs that may be available to your student as a resource. If you want to inquire about specific information regarding your student’s financial assistance you must have confirmed access as a Proxy. Proxy access information and instructions can be found here

CalArts provides an estimated cost of education on an annual basis which breaks down the direct charges- such as tuition, fees and housing and food for students who live on campus and indirect charges. To view our estimated cost of attendance for the current academic year, please click here.

The Office of Financial Aid understands that the cost of education can be difficult to cover out of pocket. Parents of dependent undergraduate students, who complete a FAFSA for the academic year can apply for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan to help brige the gap between the cost of attending CalArts and the financial aid the student is currently receiving. To learn more about eligibility, interest rates, repayment and the application process please see this link. Dependent Undergraduate students will have a Parent PLUS loan listed on their financial aid award letter, the amount listed is not the maximum that can be borrowed, parents can request up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student is receiving during the application process. The Office of Financial Aid believes in making fiscally responsible decisions and recommends that students and parents do not borrow more than they need for their education-related expenses. 

Other options for covering your student's balance include Monthly Payment Plans or Private Education Student Loans


If you have questions regarding payments or billing please contact the Bursar at accounting@calarts.edu or 661-253-7847.