BFA Tuition and Fees

PNCA is committed to providing an arts education that is affordable and accessible for students who are passionate about an art and design education. While the full tuition price is $37,500, the average tuition cost is less than $20,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Tuition and fees published below apply to BFA students enrolled for the 2018-2019 academic year, Fall and Spring semesters. There is no cost to submit a completed application for PNCA's BFA programs.

Student Costs

Tuition $37,500 per year, full time enrollment
Tuition 12 - 18 credits $18,750 per semester
Tuition: 1 - 11 credits and 18.1+ credits $1,562.50 per credit
Studio Rental $600 per semester (Intermediate Painting & Senior Studio students only)
Late Registration fee $250 per semester
Student Activity fee $150 per semester full time students
$75 per semester part time students
Technology fee $225 per semester 12-18 credits
PNCA Student Housing (ArtHouse) Single (One person per room) $6,800 per semester
Double (Two people per room) $4,743 per semester
Security Deposit $300
Application Screening Fee $35
Residence Life Program Fee $75 per semester
Renter’s Insurance $67 per semester
Health Insurance $1,350 per semester (included summer coverage)(ESTIMATE)
 Health Ins. Waiver (will email)
* Required of all students taking 6 or more credits who do not already have health insurance. This fee is waived upon proof of current health coverage. The health insurance fee waiver must be renewed each semester. Students taking less than 6 credits may purchase the College’s student health insurance if desired.


Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are due in full prior to the start of each semester. Deferred payments may be allowed on a case by case basis. Balances must be paid in full on or before the last day of class during the semester for which tuition payments have been deferred. A service fee will be charged for any deferred payments.

Refund Schedule

Refunds are calculated on the following schedule for students who have officially withdrawn from PNCA:

Official withdrawal before the first week of classes: 100% of tuition refunded
Official withdrawal during:
first week of classes
90% of tuition refunded
Second week of classes 80% of tuition refunded
Third week of classes 70% of tuition refunded
Fourth week of classes 60% of tuition refunded
Fifth week of classes 50% of tuition refunded
Sixth week of classes 40% of tuition refunded
Seventh week of classes 30% of tuition refunded
Eighth week of classes 20% of tuition refunded

No tuition refunds will be made for students officially withdrawing after the eighth week of classes, or for those students who unofficially withdraw (i.e. all F grades due to lack of attendance). Refunds apply to tuition only; fees are not refundable. Tuition and fees cannot transfer to another semester, nor will PNCA reduce tuition due to absence from class, regardless of reason. The Financial Aid Office calculates refund amounts for all students. PNCA follows the Return of Title IV Funds policy with regard to the return of federal (Title IV) student financial aid. Students should be aware that they may owe a balance to PNCA if they officially withdraw from school; the amount of that balance will be determined by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the Refund Policy stated above and the Return of Title IV Funds policy as stated in the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Additional information can be found in the student handbook or by request of the Financial Aid Office.

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