Non Need-Based Aid

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 are awarded to continuing students according to donor criteria and academic department selection. Individual departments may or may not have a require application process. All student awards are based upon artistic and academic merit

Federal Aid

Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans need to be repaid and have different terms depending on the loan. Subsidized loans have no interest accruing while in school but unsubsidized loans do. The unpaid interest on the loan is added to the loan principal at repayment making it a slightly larger loan than initially borrowed. The interest rate for 2014-15 was 4.66% and the loan fee was 1.073% of the loan amount.

Federal PLUS loan is available to parents of undergraduate students as credit-based loan. A parent needing a loan deferment must request it from the Loan Servicer as soon as Plain Language Disclosures are received by mail from the Servicer, approximately one week before the scheduled disbursement just prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Interest accrues and is capitalized quarterly unless interest payments are made. The interest rate for 2014-15 was 7.21% and the loan fee was 4.292% of the loan amount. Applicants can borrow up to cost of attendance minus other aid. More information or assistance is available from Cornish Financial Aid Staff at 206.726.5014 or at

Private Loans

A private loan is an option to cover your educational costs after federal loans. It is a non-federal loan issued by a lender such as a bank or credit union. It is important to note that private loans do require a credit check of the student borrower and co-borrower. A private loan is a viable option to cover direct costs but is generally more expensive than federal loans with terms varying by lender and loan product. You may do your own search for a private lender. The Financial Aid office at Cornish will work with your lender of choice. Click here to access a list of some of the common lenders our Cornish students have elected to use.

Outside Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships. Please click here to search for a scholarship you may be eligible to apply for.

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