An investment in your creative future
CCA is a private, nonprofit institution that relies on tuition revenue to provide a unique arts education to students from all around the world. And because we’re committed to making an arts education more accessible, a significant portion of CCA’s operating budget is allocated to scholarships that assist students’ financial needs.
Tuition and room to grow
Undergraduate tuition for academic year 2020–2021 is $52,608. View the undergraduate cost of attendance, including where you choose to live and how often you dine out.
Graduate tuition for academic year 2020–2021 runs between $33,228 to $66,456, depending on your course of study. View the graduate cost of attendance below to find specific information about any programs you’re interested in.
Covering facilities, resources, and transportation
While CCA works hard to keep your tuition low, some additional fees are necessary to cover the costs of college-wide services used by all students, such as facilities upkeep, library materials, unlimited access to Adobe Creative Cloud, and shuttle services between campuses.
Undergraduate fees are $520 for academic year 2020–2021. Graduate fees vary depending on your program and range from $420 to $570, with some covering the cost of low-residency programs, during which graduate students aren’t on campus full-time. View the tables of estimated costs and fees below to find information relevant to you.
What are the total costs to attend CCA?
From living on campus to choosing to cook meals at home with friends, there are many ways you can economize and afford a top arts and design education. Explore the tables below for undergraduate and graduate programs, and get information on the total estimated cost of attendance for 2020–2021. You can also explore your personal estimated cost by using our net-price calculator. Check out what our Financial Aid office has to offer and find funding solutions that work best for you.
All amounts below are in U.S. dollars (USD)
|On Campus, First-Year||On Campus, Transfer||With Guardians|
|BOOKS + SUPPLIES||$1,500||$1,500||$1,500|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$76,871||$77,930||$62,708|
|MFA Film, MFA Fine Arts, MFA Design, MArch, MAAD, DMBA||MFA Writing, MA Curatorial Practice||MA Visual + Critical Studies||MFA Comics||MDes Interaction Design|
|BOOKS + SUPPLIES||$2,200||$1,760||$1,320||$1,760||$2,640|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$77,811||$66,295||$54,779||$59,362||$91,545|
With our easy-to-use net-price calculators, you and your family have a simple way to calculate the estimated net cost of attending CCA. By answering a few simple questions, you’ll get an estimate based on your eligibility for merit and need-based financial aid at CCA.
Get the schedule for tuition and fees in the Student Handbook
Fund your education
With exciting internship opportunities, industry connections, and career development support, attending CCA is an investment in your future.
CCA funds a wide array of scholarship opportunities, for both undergraduate and graduate students, including merit scholarships, diversity scholarships, need-based scholarships, and more.
When you combine CCA scholarships with Cal Grants and federal grants you may receive up to 85% of your tuition covered each year depending on your (and your family’s) financial circumstances.
Working on campus while studying at CCA can help provide you with the necessary resources to meet your expenses. From on-campus student employment programs to off-campus work opportunities, CCA can help find the right option for you.
Scholarships for international students
Nearly half of international students at CCA are awarded merit scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 USD based on a student’s portfolio and academic success.
You’re our number one priority
From admission to graduation, we’re committed to making your arts education a seamless experience. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions about fees, tuitions, scholarships, and more.
+1 800-447-1ART (phone)
+1 415-610-7004 (text message only)
Financial Aid office
+1 415-703-9528 (phone)
+1 415-551-9261 (fax)
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
+1 415-703-9500 (phone)
Oakland, CA 94618
+1 510-594-3600 (phone)