We understand the costs involved in education are always a consideration and that applying for financial aid can seem complicated.

The Financial Aid Office at CalArts is here to help. In this section you'll find information to help navigate the process of applying and securing assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and other types of aid. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Information

In the spring, students will receive an email notification with instructions to view financial aid awards online at the Hub. Financial aid awards must be accepted or rejected online through the "Accept or reject my financial aid awards" link before financial aid can be processed.

Satisfactory Artistic/Academic Progress: Students must maintain satisfactory artistic/academic progress in order to be eligible for financial aid. Review this policy as well as the Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal and Appeal policy in the Course Catalog and Academic Policies” publication.

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award

To access your financial aid information, log into The Hub and click the "Financial Aid" link.

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New for 2017-2018


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2017-18 is available at www.fafsa.gov as of October 1, 2016.

Prior-prior year tax information

In September, 2015 President Obama signed an executive order that allows families to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using income from the 2015 federal tax return (that same information that you provided if you filed a 2016-17 FAFSA). This will allow students and parents to report accurate income information on the FAFSA, as the vast majority of families will have already completed their 2015 taxes by October 1, 2016.

Transferring your 2015 tax information to the FAFSA

As you complete the 2017-18 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov you will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which will load your 2015 tax information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. Using the IRS DRT saves you time and effort. If you need help using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), please visit the Federal Student Aid site.

Types of Financial Aid

Most domestic students receive financial aid from a variety of sources, which may include federal, state, private, and institutional funds:

Title IV Funding and Admissions Policy

To be eligible to receive Title IV funds, a student must be admitted as a regularly enrolled student with a high school diploma or equivalent, be beyond the compulsory age of attendance for the state of California, or dually enrolled at the college and a secondary school.

SALT Financial Literacy Program for Students and Alumni

CalArts has partnered with American Student Assistance to offer SALT, a free financial literacy program for CalArts students and alumni. SALT includes loan repayment information, money management tips scholarship and job search engines and more.


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