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

Apply for Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

The application for Federal Student Loan Debt Relief is now available at https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief/application

Please note that Federal Student Loan Debt Relief only applies to Federal Student Loans from the last academic year (2021-2022) and prior; it will not apply to any loans taken during this current academic year (2022-2023) and beyond.  It also does not apply to any Alternative/Private Loans (banks, credit unions, etc.).  Click here for additional information on the Federal Student Loan Debt Relief plan.

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.  

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.

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.

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.


March 2, 2022 - Self-Service Proxy 

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.