Paying for California College of the Arts

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
$51,137
Graduate Tuition & Fees
$53,795
On-campus Living Costs
$17,521
Off-campus Living Costs
$16,015
Undergraduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$2,108
Graduate Tuition per Credit Hour
$1,775

2020 Cost of Attendance

The 2020 tuition & fees of California College of the Arts are $51,137 for undergraduate programs. For graduate programs, the tuition & fees are $51,137 for graduate programs.
Compare to Private (not-for-profit), 4-Years Colleges in California, both undergraduate and graduate tuition & fees are very expensive.
Compared to similar schools in rankings such as Academy of Art University and American Film Institute Conservatory, tuition & fees of California College of the Arts is expensive where the average tuition & fees of the schools are $33,349.
The average living cost of the school is $17,521 when a student lives in on-campus housing. When a student lives off-campus, the average living cost is $16,015.

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2020 Tuition & fees

The 2020 undergraduate tuition & fees at California College of the Arts are $51,137 on average over undergraduate programs. The undergraduate tuition & fees have increased by 3.98% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition & fees are $53,795 on average. The graduate tuition & fees have increased by 3.97% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 tuition & fees and the tuition trends over the last 5 years.

Tuition Trends Table

2020 Tuition & fees
YearUndergraduateGraduate
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2016$43,248 $460$43,248 $460
2017$44,976 $490$44,976 $490
2018$46,776 $490$46,776 $490
2019$48,648 $490$48,648 $490
2020$50,592 $500$50,592 $500
2021$50,592 $545$50,592 $545

Tuition Trends Chart

2020 Living Costs

The 2020 average on-campus living costs is $17,521 including room & board and other living expenses (a student lives in on-campus housing such as dormitory and school-owned apartment). For students living in off-campus housing, the average living cost is $16,015.
The living cost at the school has increased by 6.60% from last year.
The following table and chart show the living costs changes over the last 5 years.

Living Costs Trends

2020 Living Costs
YearOn-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther Expenses
2016$11,900$3,450$10,450$4,160
2017$12,220$3,450$10,670$4,160
2018$12,690$3,450$11,060$4,160
2019$12,986$3,450$11,266$4,160
2020$14,071$3,450$11,855$4,160
2021$18,593$3,450$15,351$4,160

Living Costs Trends Chart

2020 Books & Supplies Costs

The 2020 average cost for purchasing books & supplies is $1,500 at California College of the Arts. The books & supplies cost stays same as last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 books & supplies costs and the trends over the last 5 years.

Books & Supplies Costs Trends

California College of the Arts 2020 Books & Supplies Costs
YearBooks & Supplies Costs
2016$1,500
2017$1,500
2018$1,500
2019$1,500
2020$1,500
2021$1,500

Books & Supplies Costs Trends Chart

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2020 Tuition Per Credit Hour

The 2020 undergraduate tuition per credit hour at California College of the Arts is $2,108 on average over undergraduate programs. The undergraduate tuition per credit hour has increased by 4.00% from last year.
The 2020 graduate tuition per credit hour is $1,775 on average. The graduate tuition per credit hour has increased by 3.98% from last year.
The following table and chart show the 2020 tuition per credit hour and its trends over the last 5 years.

Tuition Per Credit Hour Trends Table

2020 Tuition per Credit Hour
YearUndergraduateGraduate
2016$1,802 $1,517
2017$1,874 $1,578
2018$1,949 $1,641
2019$2,027 $1,707
2020$2,108 $1,775
2021$2,108 $1,775

Tuition Per Credit Hour Trends Chart