Making your education affordable

Welcome to the Financial Aid Office. We are committed to help making a world-class arts education affordable and accessible for more students who are passionate about art and design.


Undergraduate Tuition

Learn about undergraduate tuition and fees and the kinds of financial aid available to you, including PNCA scholarships.

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Graduate Tuition

Learn about graduate tuition and fees for each program in our Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies. And find out more about the kinds of financial aid available to you, including PNCA scholarships.

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Post-Bacc Tuition

Learn about tuition and fees for the Post-Baccalaureate Residency and the kinds of financial aid available for students in this unique program.

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Talk with a Financial Aid Counselor

Have questions? We are available to help with any and all questions. Our offices are open M-F, 9am-5pm PST. Please feel free to reach out to us, any time, and we will get back to you shortly.

step by step

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • 1

    Apply to PNCA

  • 2

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at PNCA’s Title IV FAFSA code, required for the FAFSA, is 003207.

  • 3

    Receive PNCA Financial Award Package in the mail. After you submit your FAFSA, we get this package to you as soon as possible.

your tailored award

Financial Aid Award Packages

Once you apply and submit your FAFSA, our office sends you a Financial Aid Award Package tailored to your unique financial needs and merits. This might include:

  • grants
  • scholarships
  • workstudy jobs 
  • loans 

We are happy to help guide students and parents through understanding this package. Please feel free to contact us


important dates

Financial Aid Deadlines

JAN 31 – Priority deadline for PNCA Scholarships and campus-based aid. The student should have applied for admission to PNCA by this date and completed the FAFSA.

FEB 1 - Financial Aid Application priority deadline

MID FEB – Students admitted by January 31 will receive their PNCA financial aid award letter.

MAR 1 - OSAC Scholarship Deadline

FEB-MAY – Work to complete financial aid requirements outlined on the award letter.

MAY 1 - Enrollment deposit due for New students

JULY 15 – Deadline to have all funding in place and documents turned in for Fall semester.

SEPT 4 - Fall 2018 classes begin

OCT 1 - 2019-2020 FAFSA available

NOV 1 – OSAC Scholarship Application Opens for 2019-2020

NOV 1 – ORSAA Application Opens for 2019-2020

Miss a deadline? Get in touch

our promise

Code of Conduct

The staff of the Financial Aid Office at Pacific Northwest College of Art is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. We follow the code of conduct set forth by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Oregon College Loan Code of Conduct.  We invite you to contact us if you have any questions.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Code of Conduct

An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. In doing so, a financial aid professional should:

  • Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
  • Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
  • Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
  • Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
  • Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

Oregon College Loan Code of Conduct

I. Definitions

  • “College” shall mean any postsecondary education institution in Oregon.
  • “College employees” shall mean any College officer, administrator, or employee.
  • “Education loan lending institution” shall mean any entity other than a college or university which is in the business of making loans to students, parents or others for the purpose of financing higher education expenses.

II. Code of Conduct

  • REVENUE SHARING PROHIBITION —  A College and its employees are prohibited from receiving anything of value from any education loan lending institution in exchange for promoting the education loan products of that lending institution. This provision does not prohibit College employees from receiving compensation for conducting non-College business with any education loan lending institution or from accepting compensation that is offered to the general public. This provision also does not prohibit a College from accepting charitable contributions from an education loan lending institution, so long as the College gives no competitive advantage or preferential treatment to the education loan lending institution related to its education loan activity in exchange for such support.
  • GIFT AND TRIP PROHIBITION — College employees are prohibited from receiving anything of more than nominal value ($50) from any education loan lending institution during any 12-month period. This prohibition includes trips for college employees paid for by education loan lenders; except that this provision shall not be construed to prohibit any College employee from receiving compensation for the conduct of non-College business with any education loan lending institution, or from accepting compensation that is offered to the general public.
  • ADVISORY BOARD COMPENSATION RULES —  College employees are prohibited from serving on the advisory board of any education loan lending institution. Education loan lending institutions may obtain advice and opinions of financial aid officials on financial aid products and services through Trade Associations, industry surveys or other mechanisms that do not require service on education loan lending institution advisory boards, provided such person receives no compensation for such service. This provision shall not apply to participation on advisory boards that are unrelated in any way to financial aid or higher education loans.
  • PREFERRED LENDER GUIDELINES —  College “preferred lender lists’ must be based on the characteristics of the education loan products – including interest rates, borrower benefits, and services to borrowers – offered by the listed education loan lending institutions rather than on the financial interests of the college. If a college also makes education loans, the education loan(s) it provides must have characteristics that are comparable to or better than those of the other education loan lending institutions listed.
  • PREFERRED LENDER DISCLOSURE —  All preferred lender lists must clearly and fully disclose the criteria and process used to select preferred lenders. Every brochure, web page or other document that sets forth a preferred lender list shall state in the same font and same manner as the predominant text on the document that students and their parents have the right and ability to select the lender of their choice and are not required to use any lenders on the preferred lender list.
  • USE OF MASCOT, LOGO, EMBLEM, OR NAME BY LENDERS —  No college shall authorize or permit an education loan lending institution to use the name, emblem, mascot, or logo of the college; or words, pictures, marks, or symbols readily identified with the college; in the marketing of education loans in any way that implies that the college endorses those loans.
  • LOAN RESALE DISCLOSURE —  To be eligible to appear on a preferred lender list, a lender must disclose any agreement(s) to sell its loans to another entity. In addition, no lender may bargain to be a preferred lender with respect to a certain type of loan by providing benefits to a college as to another type of loan.
  • LENDER IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT — The college will not permit employees of education loan lending institutions on campus to identify themselves as employees of the college, and no employee of an education loan lender may work in or provide staffing assistance to a college financial aid office; except that employees of colleges that also make education loans may perform their normal functions as long as those functions comply with relevant laws and regulations, and with the other items of this Code of Conduct.
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Continued aid requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who receive federal, state or institutional aid must be making progress toward completing their degree in order to remain aid-eligible. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed after each semester using the following minimum requirements in these three areas:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average: Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements (both semester and cumulative):
    • Undergraduate Students: 2.0
    • Graduate Student: 3.0
  2. Completion Rate: Students must successfully complete at least a minimum percentage of all credit hours attempted.This percentage includes all PNCA credit hours (including repeated coursework) and transfer credit hours, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Grades of F, W and I are not considered to be adequate grades for completion.
    • Undergraduate Students: 67%       
    • Graduate Student: 67%
  3. Maximum Credit Hours: Students are expected to complete their degree pursuits within a maximum timeframe (including transfer credits and PNCA attempted hours). Students may not receive financial assistance beyond the following:
    • Undergraduate Students: 180 semester credit hours    
    • Graduate Students (excluding CTCR Program): 90 semester credit hours 
    • Graduate Students (CTCR Program): 67.5 semester credits hours

Students who meet or exceed SAP minimum requirements remain in good standing with financial aid. Students who fail to meet SAP minimum requirements are placed on financial aid warning and are given one additional semester of funding, during which they must make up their deficiencies. Each student placed on financial aid warning will be notified via letter of his or her warning status,and of the steps necessary to ensure continued eligibility for financial aid.

If a student does not make up deficiencies within one semester of being placed on financial aid warning, he or she will be disqualified from receiving further financial aid through PNCA. Students who disagree with their disqualification status or have mitigating circumstances may petition the director of Financial Aid for a review of their particular situation. If an SAP petition is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one additional semester and/or until the terms of the probation are met by the student. Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes is distinct and separate from a student’s academic standing with the College.

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withdrawing from pnca

Official Withdrawal and Financial Aid

If you withdraw from PNCA during a semester, all institutional aid (grants or scholarships awarded by PNCA) will be removed in full from your student account. In addition, PNCA may be required to return all or part of your federal financial aid. A review of your federal aid will be performed within 30 days of your withdrawal to determine any adjustments required by law. You will be notified of these changes in writing. Unearned “F” grades (awarded if you cease attendance in one or all of your classes but do not officially withdraw) are treated as “W” grades for purposes of federal financial aid review and adjustment. For more detailed information regarding the Federal Return To Title IV (federal aid) calculation, please contact PNCA’s Financial Aid Office.

Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for your appropriate program of study for the official PNCA tuition refund policy.

Please check in with the Registration Office to initiate an official withdrawal from the college. Don't forget to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about how a withdrawal from the college may effect your scholarships, grants, and loans.

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Contact us today

Please feel free to contact our Financial Aid office at any time by phone, fax, email, or in person if you have any questions or need assistance.

Office of Financial Aid
toll free: 888.390.7499
fax: 971.242.3865

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