Office of Financial Aid

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Increasing opportunities for student access and success in higher education.

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to foster the educational goals of Cornish students by focusing on increasing opportunities for student access and success in higher education. We seek to assist students by providing information on student eligibility, types of aid available, cost of attendance, and policies and guidelines for federal, state, and institutional programs. We understand that your education is a big investment, which is why Cornish offers a full range of funding options, including Merit and Need-Based aid.

The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Main Campus Center on the third floor. We are located behind the Cashier’s Window.

Financial Assistance

Cornish offers financial assistance to undergraduate students using both merit-based and need-based aid. Admitted students are automatically considered with no extra steps to apply. Each year, Cornish awards over 3.5 million in scholarships to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. 98% of admitted students receive funding assistance. Both United States Citizens and International students are eligible for Cornish scholarships

At Cornish, we take pride in the level of individual attention and support we give to each applicant. We partner with students and their parents/guardians to help make the Cornish education affordable for all families. If you are concerned about the cost of a college degree, we encourage you to contact us. Financial aid counseling is an important step in determining where you will attend college.

Getting Started: The Financial Aid Process

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), supported by the Department of Education, to apply for Federal Grants, Work Study and Stafford Loans. You can locate the FAFSA on  Students who are US citizens/eligible non-citizens only need to complete the FAFSA.  

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), supported by the State of Washington, to apply for State Grants or Work Study. You can find the WASFA here.  

An individual should complete the WASFA if: you are an undocumented students living in Washington state, do not have a SSN, or do not qualify for federal financial aid due to immigration status.  By completing this form, you are eligible to receive Washington State Aid.

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Types of Financial Aid


Grants and Work Study

Financing Options: Loans + Payment Plans

Click here if you’re looking for information on Student Accounts.


Tuition at Cornish College of the Arts is $35,314 for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

Click below for information about tuition payments, refunds, and other matters related to Student Accounts.:

Student Financial Services Handbook

This handbook displays all Financial Aid and Student Accounts policies, including information on keeping your financial aid, information on refunds and financial aid returns, and important deadlines.

2021/22 and 2022/23 Handbooks are now available. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: Financial Aid

Need more Info?

We understand that navigating Financial Aid has a lot of moving parts, therefore we put together this FAQ to assist. If you have any questions not answered by this FAQ, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via the form below.

If you have any questions not answered by this FAQ, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with the form below.



In Person Office Hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Telephone: 206-726-5035