California Institute of the Arts

Is CalArts a Good School for the Money?

California Institute of the Arts Value Report

What is a CalArts degree worth? College Factual's value analysis compares CalArts with other schools of similar quality to see if it's priced fairly.

Within California, CalArts Offers Average Quality for a High Price.

Below Average California Value
Top 50% California Quality

California Institute of the Arts is ranked #51 out of #116 in California for quality and #77 out of #90 for California value.

This makes it average quality that is overpriced in the state.

State Value Ranking  77 out of 90
Overpriced
Great Value
State Value Score  14.44 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Do you qualify for in-state tuition? Check the CalArts financial aid page to be sure.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 50% National Quality

California Institute of the Arts is ranked #1,342 out of 1,472 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe California Institute of the Arts is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  1342 out of 1472
Overpriced
Great Value
National Value Score  8.83 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade
The College of Idaho $80,083 A+
Hollins University $105,397 A
Loras College $106,348 A
Goshen College $122,222 A
Randolph College $133,164 B
University of Maine $152,522 D+
DeSales University $168,481 D-
Oregon Institute of Technology $170,345 D-
Saint Edward’s University $172,922 D-
California College of the Arts $241,174 F
California Institute of the Arts $246,463 F

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

We're Looking at a Total Cost of $246,463 for a CalArts Degree

The average CalArts student's degree will cost an estimated $246,463. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $59,821 and a typical 4.12 years to graduate.

Amount
Average Yearly Cost $59,821
Average Years to Graduate 4.12
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $246,463

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Consider the average CalArts student takes 4.12 years to complete their degree. If you can complete your degree faster than that you will save money. This is just one way your CalArts degree may cost less than average.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$236,167 In-State With Aid
$304,798 Avg Cost No Aid
4.12 Years to Graduate

Most students will not pay the full sticker price and few students fit perfectly into averages.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how CalArts value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $304,798 #1,317 F
All Students $246,463 #1,342 F
Only Students Receiving Aid $236,167 #1,323 F
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $304,798 #78 F
All Students $246,463 #77 F
Only Students Receiving Aid $236,167 #75 F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of California.

About 92% of CalArts students receive financial aid. Get more details on what CalArts financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates average total cost by multiplying net price by time to graduation. We then compare the average total cost to other schools of a similar quality to determine value. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.

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