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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.

Priority Deadlines

To qualify for the best possible 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, 2014 and before February 15, 2014. 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 as long as space is available in your major, applications will be accepted until August 15 (fall semester) and December 15 (spring semester). 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 2014–2015

  • To continue to qualify for institutional aid such as the Cornish Scholarship, all continuing students must complete the FAFSA using Cornish School Code 012315 beginning January 1, 2014 and before February 15, 2014.
  • Students not making satisfactory academic progress or earning a fall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 and maintaining a pace of progression of 67%  in their program do not qualify for the scholarship.
  • The fall cumulative grade point average to continue to earn the Cornish Scholarship is 2.50 for students who qualified in their prior year.
  • Use 2013 tax estimates if necessary to meet the FAFSA filing deadline and get the best possible aid package.
  • Education tax credits can help offset the cost of education.
  • You can use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant tool at to help determine if you’re eligible for educational credits or deductions, including the American Opportunity Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Tuition and Fees Deduction.
  • A 1098-T will be mailed to the student address from the Office of Student Accounts sometime in January 2014 to help claim the credit. If it is beginning February and the student has not received a 1098-T from Cornish, the student can log on to COMPASS Student Account tab, print a PDF of the 1098-T and email it to parents who will likely be the ones claiming the credit.
  • If further assistance is needed, the Office of Student Accounts may be reached at 206.726.5024.
  • Do not report your Cornish 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…”

New and Current Students

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.