A college education is one of the largest financial investments most families will make. It is also one of the most important. Regardless of your family's income, you are probably interested in learning about ways to finance your education.
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s financial aid office and business office can help you identify a variety of potential funding sources. Financial aid options available to students include grants, scholarships, work-study programs and loans for undergraduate and transfer students. The College also offers payment plan options for full-time students to assist them and their families with educational expenses. Payment plan information is included with regular tuition billing. If you have questions, call us at (800) 689-0379 or visit the link to our catalog / handbook and refer to the financial aid and academic expense sections.
Tuition, fees and estimated additional expenses for the 2013-14 academic year are outlined below. Pennsylvania College of Art & Design reserves the right to adjust these costs at the end of each academic year with two months' notice to students.
Title IV Financial Aid Code: 016021
(All costs listed are in U.S. dollars)
2013-14 annual full-time tuition: $19,700 per year (12-18 credits a semester, 2 semesters)
Full-time students may take additional coursework through our continuing education program as part of their 18 credits per semester after consulting with the dean.
Part-time students are billed at $821.00 per credit for the courses they plan to take. Courses and their credit hours are listed in the course description section of the catalog.
Professional Certificate Programs:
The college's continuing education programs, including professional certificate programs, operate on four semesters a year, so the per-credit fee and expenses are not the same as those for the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. For information, contact our continuing education program office.
Application fee: $40
International application fee: $110, payable with application and non-refundable
Enrollment deposit: $200, payable upon notification of acceptance and credited toward the first semester's tuition. This deposit is non-refundable after May 1, even if you complete your application and gain acceptance after May 1. For more information, contact the admissions office.
General fees provide for educational, cultural, and school-sponsored activities, as well as lab costs.
Full-time students (12 or more credits): $780 per year
Part-time students (7 to 11 credits): $300 per semester
Part-time students (1 to 6 credits): $175 per semester
Part-time students (1 to 6 credits) also pay a $30 lab fee per semester per course for any class involving photography, electronic design, printmaking, three-dimensional design and/or live models.
Technology fees cover the cost of printers, toner, software upgrades, storage, and IT support.
Full-time students (12 or more credits): $200 per year
Part-time students (7 to 11 credits): $75 per semester
Part-time students (1 to 6 credits): $45 per semester
Transcript fee: $5
Graduation fee: $150, payable in the spring of the senior year
Late payment fee: $30 penalty fee if payment of tuition and fees is made after the established due date
Returned check fee: $20 penalty fee assessed for any check returned by the bank for insufficient funds
Student parking plan: discounted student parking is available at the Water Street Parking Garage. The college will bill for parking, along with tuition, for students who wish to participate in this program. 2013-14 estimated parking cost is $440 for the academic year ($220 per semester). For more information on our student parking plans, contact our business office.
Art supplies and textbooks: $1,450 per year (estimated)
All supply/book costs are approximate and will be paid by students. Student discounts are available at local art suppliers with a current Pennsylvania College of Art & Design student ID card.
Laptop and Software: $3,000 (estimated)
All PCA&D students are required to purchase an Apple laptop upon entry into the BFA program.
Digital Camera: $500 (estimated)
All PCA&D students are required to purchase a digital camera upon entry into the BFA program.
Living expenses: $9,100 per year (estimated)
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design does not own housing or dining facilities, but the college's housing referral service will assist students in locating housing. This estimate is based on a one-year lease with two students sharing a two-bedroom apartment. This estimate includes rent, food, utilities, phone, and miscellaneous living costs. Living expenses vary according to each student. For more information, read Part I about off-campus housing or click here to email us.
Commuter expenses: $3,400 per year (estimated)
This estimate is based on a student traveling 25 miles a day, paying $220/semester for parking, and miscellaneous expenses. Costs vary depending on each student's travel and parking needs. The college organizes and furnishes car pool lists to encourage commuting students to share transportation costs.
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Email the business office (for issues of bill payment)
Email the financial aid office
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
Apply for your pin to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) –
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Direct Student Stafford Loans:
Instructions: Direct Student Stafford Loans
Access to Direct Student Stafford Loans –
Direct Parent Plus Loans:
Instructions: Direct Parent Plus Loans
Access to Direct Parent Plus Loans –
Access to Alternative/Private Loans –
Verification form for dependent students
Verification form for independent students
Work Study application
PLUS Loan denial, request for additional Stafford
Student Loan Code of Conduct
Recent PELL Grant Regulation - Lifetime Eligibility Limits