Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid welcomes you and will facilitate your application process once you are admitted. Contact us or log on to Our goal is to help you find a financial strategy to realize your long term educational goals at Cornish College of the Arts.


To qualify for the best financial aid package, including departmental merit scholarships, apply by the February 15 priority deadline.

All Students and Admits

  • File the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning January 1, 2016 and before February 16, 2016. Financial Aid packages will continue to be awarded to qualifying students throughout the spring and early summer.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to all who apply and qualify but some funds are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after submitting your application for admission.
  • Cornish College of the Arts practices rolling admission. This means that applications will be accepted until August 15 (fall semester) and December 15 (spring semester) as long as space is available in your major. At this time, space is available in all majors and we are accepting applications.
  • Please contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about the timing and process for admission. All incoming freshmen and transfer applicants must be admitted to the college in order to receive an offer of financial aid.

GET READY FOR 2016–2017

  • Continuing students making satisfactory academic progress (2.00 cumulative grade point average and 67% pace of progression at the end of every semester) qualify for their Cornish Scholarship renewal.
  • Complete the FAFSA using Cornish School Code 012315 between January 1, 2016 and February 15, 2016 
  • Use 2015 tax estimates, if necessary, to meet the FAFSA filing deadline and get the best aid package possible.
  • Use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant tool to determine if you’re eligible for educational credits or deductions that can offset some of your educational cost. These tax benefits include the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Tuition and Fees Deduction.
  • End of January, the Office of Student Account will mail to the student address a 1098-T to help claim the credit. The student can log on to COMPASS Student Account tab, print a PDF of the 1098-T and email it to parents who may be claiming the credit.
  • If further assistance is needed, the Office of Student Account may be reached at 206.726.5024.
  • DO NOT report your scholarships or grants on the FAFSA.
  • DO report your Work Study earnings on the FAFSA under “Taxable earnings from need-based employment programs, such as Federal Work Study…”


Note that federal and state drug convictions have an effect on financial aid eligibility. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 advises students of the penalties for drug violations. See this separate, clear and conspicuous written notice for details and an explanation of how to regain eligibility for any lost grant, loan or work study assistance.