Tuition and Financial Aid

Cornish College welcomes the opportunity to work with families to identify the best strategies to combine family and financial aid resources. Financial Aid comes in the form of:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Loans

We understand that your Cornish education is a big financial investment which is why Cornish offers a full range of financial aid funding. Cornish offers both Merit and Need-based financial aid.

Use the NetPrice Calculator to get an estimate of the financial aid you will receive as well as your estimated out-of-pocket cost.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To be eligible to complete the FAFSA and receive need-based federal and/or state financial aid, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the U.S. Department of Education need analysis.
  • Not be in default on any government loan.
  • Not owe a repayment to a federal or state grant program.

Visit to submit your FAFSA. The code for Cornish is 012315.

  • Visit FAFSA to create your federal FSA ID and password. The Student and one Parent must each create their own federal FSA ID and password
  • File the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning October 1, 2017. Funds are limited so the earlier you apply, the better.

Applications received after our priority deadline of February 15, 2018 will be handled on first-come, first-served basis.


Students who request a job through the FAFSA may qualify for campus work-study. Need-based work study positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our Work Study Opportunities page for more information.

Washington State Need Grant

The State Need Grant (SNG) program helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Click here to see if you qualify.

Merit-Based Assistance

New students are considered automatically for institutional scholarships based on their audition or portfolio review. In subsequent years, merit-based named or endowed scholarships may be awarded to continuing students according to donor criteria and academic department selection. Individual departments may or may not have a required application process.

Here is a listing of tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year. To calculate your actual costs, please use our net cost calculator.

Tuition and Fees

SemesterAcademic Year
Full Time Tuition (12 – 18 Credits)$20,221$40,442
Per Credit (for less than 12 or more than 18)$1,686
Per Non Credit$843
Per Credit 2017$1,636
Exam/Prior Learning Credit:
Per Credit$30

Room and Board

RoomSemesterAcademic Year
Single (with kitchen)$6,460$12,920
Double (with kitchen)$5,440$10,880
BoardSemesterAcademic Year
Coffee Lovers Meal Plan$2,200$4,400
Denny Meal Plan$1,800$3,600
Capitol Hill Meal Plan (Kerry Hall students only)$1,350$2,700
Summer at Cornish:SemesterAcademic Year
Room and BoardTBD


Tuition Deposit$250
Housing Deposit$300


Application Fee (based on application date)$20 - $60
Comprehensive Fee (mandatory – covers student activities and an ORCA card)$600 per semester
Late Payment Fee
Monthly Minimum$25 per incident
Monthly Fee for each $1,000 past due over $2,500$10 per incident
Library Materials Replacement FeeVariable
Off Campus Study Program FeeVariable
Official Transcript$5 per transcript
Orientation Fee (incoming students only)$175
Semester Payment Plan:$40
Private Music Lessons:
Offered inside a student's own department:
Primary Lesson (30 minutes)$260 per semester
(60 minutes)$495 per semester
Secondary Lesson (30 minutes)$465 per semester
(60 minutes)$930 per semester
Offered outside a student's own department:
30 minutes$465 per semester
60 minutes$930 per semester
Replacement – Mail Box Key$25 per incident
Replacement – Student Photo ID Card$25 per incident
Returned Check /Electronic Payment$30 per incident


Parking Fine$25 per incident