Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Welcome! We look forward to helping you through the application process. You may contact the Office of Financial Aid or log on to We will work to help you find a financial strategy to realize your long term 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, 2015 and before February 15, 2015. 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. Therefore, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after submitting your application for admission.
  • Cornish College of the Arts practices rolling admission which 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 2015–2016

  • 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, 2015 and February 15, 2015 
  • Use 2014 tax estimates, if necessary, to meet the FAFSA filing deadline and get the best aid package possible.
  • Use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant tool at 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 Accounts 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…”


Regarding federal and state drug convictions and their effect on Financial Aid eligibility, this separate, clear and conspicuous written notice advises students of the penalties for drug violations according to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, effective since August 8, 2008. The same notice includes ways to regain eligibility for any lost grant, loan or work study assistance.