Academy of Art University

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco,CA 94105
(800) 544-2787

Academy of Art University

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Academy students benefit from a curriculum that offers more than 40 areas of study, a faculty of practicing professional artists and designers who bring their industry success into the classroom, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources.


Tuition is structured to give students the best value and most flexibility during their academic studies. Tuition is calculated on a per unit basis, and lab fees and course fees are assessed per individual class. The undergraduate tuition rate is $963 per unit (3 units per class). The graduate tuition rate is $1,083 per unit (3 units per class). For example, starting in the Spring of 2019, a typical undergraduate tuition for an academic year would be $963 for each unit, over 24 units, which is a total yearly tuition of $26,147.


Estimated expenses per year (Fall'19 / Spring'20 undergraduate)


Tuition ($963/unit) = $23,112

Application Fee = $50

Registration Fee = $50/semester

Enrollment Fee = $95

Student Activity Fee = 30/semester (onsite only)

Course Fees (average) = $400/semester

Materials/Supplies (average) = $990/semester


Estimated total = $26,147

Financial Aid


Financial aid is available for those students who qualify. The Academy offers a number of scholarships and grants each semester. Interested students learn more by visiting the Academy online here: or contact a financial aid representative at to learn more. Financial aid representatives are committed to helping students achieve their dreams.



Notification Date

Mar 2

Required Forms


Student Aid Report (SAR)

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid


Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid


Average Need-Based Loan


Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program


Average amount of loan debt per graduate


Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package


Financial aid provided to international students


Expenses per Academic Year



Application Fee


Registration Fee


Enrollment Fee

$95, first term domestic students only

Student Activity Fee

$30/semester (onsite only)

Course Fees (average)


Materials/Supplies (average)



Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study


Board for Commuters (not living at home)


Transportation for Commuters


On-Campus Room and Board


Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

State and Federal

Scholarships and Grants


 Need-Based California Grants

Need-Based Federal Pell

Need-Based Private Scholarships

Need-Based SEOG

Need-Based State Scholarships

Need-Based Federal Work Study



Portfolio Grants

MFA/MA Scholarship

Spring Forward Scholarship

MFA/MA Spring Scholarship

Pre-College Program Scholarship

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Direct Parent Plus Loans

Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Direct PLUS Loans

Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)


Direct Lender