Cost of Attendance

2021-2022 Cost of Attendance Financial Aid Budgets

Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of students’ educational expenses for the period of enrollment, as determined by the school.  COA includes, but is not limited to, tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, medical expenses, transportation, etc. Need-based grants, loans, and Federal Work Study are based on students’ (and families’) demonstrated financial need.  The COA is the cornerstone of establishing a student’s financial need, as it sets a limit on the total aid that a student may receive for purposes of Campus-Based Programs, Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loans, and is one of the primary components of the Federal Pell Grant calculation.

  • Billable (Direct) Costs – Direct costs are the actual charges that a student is billed by the CalArts accounting department. 
  • Estimated (Indirect) Costs – Indirect costs are other estimated costs associated with attending CalArts.  These are not exact costs, but are used to help students estimate a total cost of attendance for a year of enrollment at CalArts. 

View 2021-2022 Tuition and Fees Deadlines


Undergraduates

2021-22 On-Campus Cost of Attendance - Undergraduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Room (Chouinard Hall - Double Occupancy) $3,520 $3,520 $7,040
Meals (14 Meal Plan) $2,523 $2,523 $5,046
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $32,776 $32,776 $65,552
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Books/Supplies                                              $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $4,378 $4,378 $8,756
Cost of Attendance Total $37,154 $37,154 $74,308

 

2021-22 Off-Campus Cost of Attendance - Undergraduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $26,733 $26,733 $53,466
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room $6,494 $6,494 $12,988
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $12,897 $12,897 $25,794
Cost of Attendance Total $39,630 $39,630 $79,260

 

2021-22 Off-Campus (With Parents) Cost of Attendance - Undergraduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $26,733 $26,733 $53,466
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room and Meals $3,000 $3,000 $6,000
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $7,378 $7,378 $14,756
Cost of Attendance Total $34,111 $34,111 $68,222

Graduates

2021-22 On-Campus Cost of Attendance - Graduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Room (Ahmanson Hall) $4,500 $4,500 $9,000
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $31,233 $31,233 $62,466
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $6,403 $6,403 $12,806
Cost of Attendance Total $37,636 $37,636 $75,272

 

2021-22 Off-Campus Cost of Attendance - Graduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $26,733 $26,733 $53,466
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room $6,494 $6,494 $12,988
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $12,897 $12,897 $25,794
Cost of Attendance Total $39,630 $39,630 $79,260

 

2021-22 Off-Campus (With Parents) Cost of Attendance - Graduate

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $26,425 $26,425 $52,850
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $26,733 $26,733 $53,466
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room and Meals $3,000 $3,000 $6,000
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $7,378 $7,378 $14,756
Cost of Attendance Total $34,111 $34,111 $68,222

MA Aesthetics & Politics - 1st Year

2021-22 On-Campus Cost of Attendance – MA 1st Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $21,160 $21,160 $42,320
Fees $308 $308 $616
Room (Ahmanson Hall) $4,500 $4,500 $9,000
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $25,968 $25,968 $51,936
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $6,403 $6,403 $12,806
Cost of Attendance Total $32,371 $32,371 $64,742

 

2021-22 Off-Campus Cost of Attendance – MA 1st Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $21,160 $21,160 $42,320
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $21,468 $21,468 $42,936
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room $6,494 $6,494 $12,988
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $12,897 $12,897 $25,794
Cost of Attendance Total $34,365 $34,365 $68,730

2021-22 Off-Campus (With Parents) Cost of Attendance – MA 1st Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $21,160 $21,160 $42,320
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $21,468 $21,468 $42,936
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room and Meals $3,000 $3,000 $6,000
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $7,378 $7,378 $14,756
Cost of Attendance Total $28,846 $28,846 $57,692

MA Aesthetics & Politics – 2nd Year

2021-22 On-Campus Cost of Attendance – MA 2nd Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $10,580 $10,580 $21,160
Fees $308 $308 $616
Room (Ahmanson Hall) $4,500 $4,500 $9,000
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $15,388 $15,388 $30,776
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $6,403 $6,403 $12,806
Cost of Attendance Total $21,791 $21,791 $43,582

 

2021-22 Off-Campus Cost of Attendance – MA 2nd Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $10,580 $10,580 $21,160
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $10,888 $10,888 $21,776
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room $6,494 $6,494 $12,988
Meals $2,025 $2,025 $4,050
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $12,328 $12,328 $25,794
Cost of Attendance Total $23,785 $23,785 $47,570

2021-22 Off-Campus (With Parents) Cost of Attendance – MA 2nd Year

Billable (Direct) Costs Fall Spring Total
Tuition $10,580 $10,580 $21,160
Fees $308 $308 $616
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total $10,888 $10,888 $21,776
Estimated (Indirect) Expenses Fall Spring Total
Room and Meals $3,000 $3,000 $6,000
Books/Supplies $500 $500 $1,000
Transportation $1,000 $1,000 $2,000
Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
Medical $1,378 $1,378 $2,756
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total $7,378 $7,378 $14,756
Cost of Attendance Total $18,266 $18,266 $36,532