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To be considered for any type of student aid, start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The ideal time to complete the FAFSA is each January, but no later than March 2nd if you are applying for a Cal Grant.

These are the recommended dates for completion but you can complete the FAFSA at any time of the year to be considered for aid other than Cal Grants.

 Please note the FAFSA deadlines for Art Center scholarships.


Completing the FAFSA

  • Visit fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA.
  • Enter Art Center's school code: 001116.
  • If you are under 24 years of age, you will need parental financial information.
  • If you do not yet have a PIN (Personal Identification Number), you can receive one at pin.ed.gov. You will need this to complete your application electronically and to check the status of your application, update information or make corrections.
  • Paper applications can be obtained by calling 800.4.FEDAID

Application Assistance

Access studentaid.ed.gov for online resources that cover the full range of financial aid topics.

Cal Grants

The State of California awards tuition grants to California residents who qualify.

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) bases selection on a composite score that includes income level, GPA, parents’ educational level, etc.

Cal Grants do not have to be repaid.

Students attending a community college first can reserve the award to transfer it to a four-year college if still financially eligible.

If you have already been awarded a Cal Grant, please notify Art Center's Financial Aid Office. If you have received it at a prior school, you will need to have it transferred to Art Center, which you can do at mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov.

Basic Cal Grant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a California resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Meet the U.S. Selective Service requirements (if male)
  • Attend a qualifying California post-secondary school.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined at the school of attendance.
  • Have family income and assets below the established ceilings.
  • Not be in default of any student loans or owe a federal or state grant refund.
  • Not have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to receiving a Cal Grant.

Notification of awards will be sent out by the CSAC, usually in late April.

Both the FAFSA and the GPA Verification Form must be submitted no later than March 2.

Contact Information:
California Student Aid Commission
Grant Programs Customer Service
P.O. Box 419027
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9027


Entering scholarship applicants should submit the application for admission, transcripts, test scores, portfolio and FAFSA (for U.S. students only) by the following priority dates. Some scholarship aid may still be available after the deadlines.

Priority scholarship and aid deadlines for entering students applying for:

  • Summer Term: January 15
  • Fall Term: February 15
  • Spring Term: October 1

Entering students will be notified of any scholarship awards by the following dates: 

  • Summer Term: March 1
  • Fall Term: April 1
  • Spring Term: November 15

Entering students who miss the priority deadlines may still be considered for scholarship and other aid.

International Students
International students should submit all materials except the FAFSA and attempt to meet the priority dates above.

Art Center has received a scholarship gift designed to provide opportunity for students from Europe. Admitted students will automatically be considered for these funds should they be available. The goal is to increase international diversity at Art Center to gifted students who might otherwise be unable to attend.  These will provide partial tuition support.

Scholarship Deadlines for Continuing Students
Continuing students should pick up scholarship information at the meeting held in the Ahmanson Auditorium during the fourth week of each term.  Continuing students must have a current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office before the date of their department's review date for the term for which they are applying.

Outside Scholarships

Visit the Other Scholarship Resources section of this site for scholarships from foundations, corporations and other sources.
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