View Your Award

Financial aid awards will start going to all admitted Early Action students who filed the FAFSA in late February, and to all admitted Regular Decision students by April 1.

View the status of your financial aid award:

  1. Sign in to Financial Aid Self-Service through your CalArts SSO account
  2. From the Checklist select "Review and accept your Financial Aid Award Package".
  3. For each award listed as Estimated, you must "Accept" or "Decline" from the drop down link.  Accepted loans require additional steps, please see below for instructions. 
  4. Choose 'Award Letter' to view and print your accepted Financial Aid Award package.

Additional Steps for Loans

If you, or your parent, are planning to borrow Federal Direct Loans, there are additional steps that must be completed by the priority deadline to ensure that your loan monies will be credited to your student account. For further instruction, click buttons below:

Federal Student Loans Process  Federal Parent Loan Process  Graduate PLUS Loan Process

If you would like to change your decision at a later date on a particular award, please contact the Financial Aid Office. Please allow at least 72 hours before contacting the Office of Financial Aid to confirm completion of all loan application steps.

Maintaining Eligibility

When reviewing your Financial Aid Award, please remember the following:

Enrollment Requirements
Your award is based on full-time enrollment (12 or more) each semester. If you do not enroll full-time, you will lose all institutional gift aid (i.e. merit scholarships), and State and Federal funds will be decreased. You must be enrolled in at least six units each semester to receive federal student loans.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
To receive financial aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward completing your degree. SAP is defined as maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher for BFA students and 3.0 or higher for Graduate students, completing at least 67% of all attempted units, and not exceeding 180 attempted units overall. If you fail to maintain SAP, you may be in jeopardy of not receiving financial aid. Click here for more details on SAP.

Rights and Responsibilites
It is essential that all students receiving financial aid at CalArts are aware of the student’s rights and responsibilities. Read your rights and responsibilities.

Please contact our office at 661-253-7869 or 800-443-0480 or by email at with any questions.