Need-Based Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • 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
  • Be sure to use 2015 tax estimates, if necessary, to meet the FAFSA filing deadline and get the best aid package possible.
  • File the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning October 1, 2016. Funds are limited so the earlier you apply, the better. Be sure to use the code 012315 for Cornish College of the Arts.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to all who apply and qualify. Some funds are limited so it is highly encouraged you apply prior to Cornish’s priority deadline of December 1, 2016.

Applications received after our priority deadline of December 1, 2016 will be handled on first-come, first-served basis.

* If you are selected for verification, you will need to go to to accept IRS Data Retrieval for tax year 2015 and provide all W2’s for yourself and your parents or for yourself and your spouse if you are married. You will also need to provide a completed Verification Worksheet to the Office of Financial Aid. Verification Worksheet is available online. Admitted students go to Compass to complete the whole process.


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.

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