Catalog Policies

Tuition and Fees Refund Policy

Students who are admitted and register for classes at California Institute of the Arts are financially responsible for fees and charges associated with those classes. Students who officially withdraw from ALL courses or take a leave of absence during the first 4 weeks of a semester will receive a tuition refund in accordance with the following schedule:

Official notice received within the first week of classes 90%
Official notice received within the second week of classes 75%
Official notice received within the third week of classes 50%
Official notice received within the fourth week of classes 25%
Official notice received after the fourth week of classes 0%


*Official notice is the date a withdrawal or leave of absence form is received by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Required fees are non-refundable.
  • Course fees will be refunded until the last day to add or drop classes.
  • Refunds will be issued for complete withdrawal or leave of absence based on the above schedule. No refunds will be issued for a change in mode of instruction.
  • In direct correlation with the tuition refund policy, CalArts institutional scholarships/grants will be calculated according to the same percentage(s) as the tuition being charged/refunded to students who, for any reason, take a Leave of Absence or Withdraw from the Institute, following the start of an academic term.
Revised Date:
Sep 2016