Types of Financial Aid

Need-Based Aid:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA and send it to Cornish. You will be asked to create a federal FSA ID and password.
  • File the FAFSA online as early as possible beginning October 1, for the upcoming academic year. 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.

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

Questions about filing your FAFSA? Contact us at finaid@cornish.edu


Students who file a FAFSA may qualify for campus work-study. Cornish has a variety of positions available throughout our Seattle campus. Visit our Work Study Opportunities page for more information.

Washington State Need Grant

The State Need Grant (SNG) program helps low-income undergraduate students from Washington pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Click here to see if you qualify.

College Bound Scholarship

For eligible Washington State residents, The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge.

Merit Scholarships:

Cornish Merit Scholarship

All students, regardless of their state or country of residence, are considered automatically for institutional scholarships based on their application and audition or portfolio review. Merit scholarships are based upon your audition or portfolio, as well as the strength of your application.

Outside Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships, as these will not reduce the amount of your Cornish Merit Scholarship. Outside scholarships can be used towards tuition or housing costs. The Cornish Office of Financial Aid maintains a list of national scholarships – contact us at finaid@cornish.edu for more information!

Student Financing Options

Payment Plans

Cornish provides flexible payment plans for families who wish to pay monthly, rather than all at once at the beginning of each semester. Contact Sean Drew, Student Accounts Manager, at studentaccounts@cornish.edu to discuss options for payment plans.

Student Loans

Students who file a FAFSA may be eligible for Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. These loans offer low interest rates and can be used to finance portions of tuition or housing costs. See our Student Financial Services Handbook or contact finaid@cornish.edu for more information on interest rates, repayment options, and loan eligibility requirements.

The Federal PLUS loan is available to parents of undergraduate students as a credit-based loan. Applicants can borrow up to the total cost of attendance, minus any other forms of financial aid such as scholarships. More information or assistance is available from Cornish Financial Aid Staff at 206.726.5014 or at finaid@cornish.edu.

Private Loans

Some families prefer to use private student loans rather than federal loans. There are many options out there, but note that most private loans do require a credit check, and will typically require a co-borrower in addition to the student. You may do your own search for a private lender, and Cornish will work with your lender of choice. However, we are happy to help walk you through the important considerations that are unique to your situation. Click here to access a list of some of the common lenders used by Cornish students.