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Tuition & Cost

Information on tuition, fees, estimated additional expenses, and payment plans for the 2020-21 academic year is 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.

2020-21 tuition

$25,950 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 $1081.00 per credit for the courses they plan to take. Courses and their credit hours are listed in the course description section of the catalog.

About our Financial Aid

Payment Plans

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design offers three and five-month payment plan options that can cover any semester balances remaining after deducting financial aid awards. This service is for full-time students to assist them and their families with educational expenses. Payment plan information is included with regular tuition billing and is managed by the bursar.

Payment Plan (PDF)

Application fee

$40, 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 department.

Steinman Loft application deposit

$200, payable with application to live in the Steinman Lofts on West King. This deposit is non-refundable. If application is approved, or if the College is unable to place you in Steinman Lofts, the $200 deposit will be credited toward the first semester’s tuition.

Comprehensive fee

Comprehensive fees provide for educational, cultural, and school-sponsored activities, as well as technology and lab costs.
Full-time students (12 or more credits): $1,700 per year
Part-time students (7 to 11 credits): $850 per semester
Part-time students (1 to 6 credits): $550 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.

Transcript fee


Graduation fee

$200, payable in the spring of the senior year

Late payment fee

$45 penalty fee if payment of tuition and fees is made after the established due date

$20 penalty fee assessed for any check returned by the bank for insufficient funds

Student parking plan

$440 per year (estimated)
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. The parking cost is $220 per semester. For more information on our student parking plans, contact our bursar’s office.

Art supplies and textbooks

$1,500 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

$450 (estimated)
All PCA&D students are required to purchase a digital camera upon entry into the BFA program.

Living expenses

$10,000 – $12,000 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 for the low range and placement in Steinman Lofts on West King for the high range. This estimate includes rent, food, utilities, phone, and miscellaneous living costs. Living expenses vary according to each student.

Commuter expenses

$3,500 per year (estimated)
This estimate is based on a student traveling 25 miles a day, paying $220 per semester for parking, and miscellaneous expenses. Costs vary depending on each student’s travel and parking needs. The college organizes and furnishes carpool lists to encourage commuting students to share transportation costs.

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