Graduate

All of us at the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are committed to helping you make your goal of getting a graduate education a reality. Part of that is working to offer a range of financial aid to offset the costs of your education.

Graduate Programs Tuition

Tuition and Fees 2018-19

While the full tuition price is $37,200, the average tuition cost is less than $27,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Tuition (’18-19)$37,200 per year/$18,600 per semester
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$450 per year/$225 per semester
Health Insurance * $1,350 per semester (waived if you document non-PNCA coverage) (Estimate)
Health Ins. Waiver (will email)

While the full tuition price is $36,500, the average tuition cost is less than $26,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Tuition ('18-19)$36,500 per year/$18,250 per semester
Department Resource FeeNo longer charged
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$450 per year/$225 per semester
Health Insurance * $1,350 per semester (waived if you document non-PNCA coverage) (estimate) Health Ins. Waiver (will email)

While the full tuition price is $28,900, the average tuition cost is less than $21,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Tuition (’18-19)$28,900 per year
Department Resource FeeNo longer charged
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$450 per year/$225 per semester
Health Insurance * (’18-19)$1,350 per semester (waived if you document non-PNCA coverage) (estimate) Health Ins. Waiver (will email)

While the full tuition price is $24,800, the average tuition cost is less than $18,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Program costs published below apply to MA students enrolling in the Design Systems programs.

Tuition (’18-19)$24,800 per year
Department Resource FeeNo longer charged
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$450 per year/$225 per semester
Health Insurance * (’18-19)$1,350 per semester (waived if you document non-PNCA coverage) (estimate) Health Ins. Waiver (will email)

Program costs published below apply to MFA students enrolling in the Low-Residency Visual Studies program.

Tuition and Fees ('18-19)

Program costs are charged on a per-credit basis at $1,120 per credit. The full tuition for the entire program is $67,200. PNCA scholarships are available.

Not included in costs above:

  • Required Health Insurance, $2,700 estimated per year
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Books & Supplies

While the full tuition price is $31,740, the average tuition cost is less than $23,000 because of PNCA scholarships.

Tuition (’18-19)$31,740 per year
Department Resource FeeNo longer charged
Student Activity fee$200 per year/$100 per semester
Technology fee$450 per year/ $225 per semester
Health Insurance * (’18-19)$1,350 per semester (waived if you document non-PNCA coverage) (estimate) Health Ins. Waiver (will email)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Award Packages

There are many ways PNCA works with you to offset the costs of your education. A Financial Aid Award Package to help you meet the costs of your education might include the following. Read about the simple steps to take to apply for Financial Aid.

Other Aid

Loans and Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships

Pacific Northwest College of Art awards merit-based graduate scholarships to all accepted domestic and international applicants for the following programs:

  • MFA in Applied Craft and Design
  • MFA in Collaborative Design / MA in Design Systems
  • MFA in Print Media
  • MFA in Visual Studies
  • MFA in Visual Studies - Low Residency
  • MA in Critical Studies

Recipients of merit-based scholarships are selected by the Graduate Committee composed of PNCA faculty and the individual program’s Chair.

Named Scholarships Available to Graduate Programs

  • Laura Russo Scholarship (Visual Studies)
  • Wilbur Larson Memorial Scholarship (Applied Craft + Design)

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Graduate students are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per academic year in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. Interest on the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan begins to accrue from the date of disbursement. While a student is enrolled in school, and for a six-month grace period after leaving school, no payments on the loan are due. Applicants must file a FAFSA to be considered for an Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

The current interest rate for Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans borrowed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, is 5.31%. The current loan fee is 1.069% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. Loan fees are subject to change.

Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans

Federal Graduate Plus Loans are credit qualified funding available to graduate students. Students are eligible to defer repayment until six months after graduation. Graduate students may borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. Applicants must file a FAFSA to be considered for a Graduate Plus loan.

The current interest rate for Federal Graduate PLUS Loans borrowed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, is 6.31%. The current loan fee is 4.276% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. Loan fees are subject to change.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Credit Criteria

Graduate student borrowers with adverse credit history are not eligible for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan without a credit qualifying endorser (co-signer).

A borrower is considered to have adverse credit history having one or more debts with a total combined outstanding balance greater than $2,085 that is 90 or more days delinquent as of the date of the credit report, or that have been placed in collection or charged off (written off) during the two years preceding the date of the credit report. A borrower is also considered to have adverse credit history, if during the five years preceding the date of the credit report, they have been subject to a default determination, bankruptcy, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of any federal student aid debt.

Private Student Loans

A private student loan is a non-government loan specifically for students borrowed through a bank lender. You can borrow the remainder of tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses and transportation costs up to a yearly maximum amount. Private student loans do require credit approval, and many students need a co-signer to qualify. For more information and links to a variety of lenders, please visit:

Private (or alternative) student loans are loan funds that come from sources other than the federal government and are offered by some commercial lenders. Before you apply for a private student loan, you should explore all available federal student aid assistance by applying through the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply for federal student aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The terms and conditions of federal student loan programs may be more favorable than that of private education loans. Be aware that while some private loan programs offer benefits similar to federal student loans, they are not always the same. You may review the current federal student loan interest rates, requirements and benefits here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/interest-rates. If you choose to borrow a private student loan, make sure you understand the interest rate, fees, deferment options and repayment terms for the loan program you select. If you need assistance in reviewing your federal aid options or have questions about private loans, please contact PNCA’s Financial Aid Office.

Additional requirements:

  • You can apply for private loan funding for the entire academic year (summer-fall-spring) with one application. Please plan accordingly so that you are not hurting your credit by applying multiple times throughout the year.
  • Most private loan programs require that you are attending at least half-time (6 credits) each semester that you receiving funding.
  • You must credit-qualify with your selected lender before receiving private loan funding. Many students will choose to apply with a credit-worthy consigner to increase the likelihood of approval.
  • The amount you can apply for depends upon the other aid you have received or will receive for the current academic year. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to make sure the amount you wish to borrow is within acceptable limits.
  • Please borrow conservatively. College is expensive, but there may be alternatives to borrowing additional funds to meet your expenses. Make sure you are only borrowing private funding if it is absolutely necessary.

The following is an alphabetized list of lenders who have approved private loan funding for PNCA students in the past. PNCA is not affiliated with any of the lenders listed. The list below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of private student loan lenders; you may borrow from any lender that you prefer, regardless of whether it is listed below. PNCA’s Financial Aid Office is happy to work with all private loan lenders to help you secure the funding you need:

Citizen’s Bank

College Avenue Student Loans

Discover Private Student Loan

Oregon Community Credit Union

Sallie Mae Student Loans

Sallie Mae Parent Loan

Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan

Wells Fargo Student Loan for Parents

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are a source of free money that can be found from a variety of resources. Companies, foundations, public organizations and other membership groups are the most common sources for private scholarships. You may use search websites specific to this purpose such as:

You may also search based on artistic or scholastic merit, nationality, religion, employment, physical attributes, disabilities, hobbies or any number of special characteristics about you and/or your family. Contact PNCA's Financial Aid Office for additional scholarship resources.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Visit our main Tuition & Financial Aid page to see the simple steps to apply for financial aid to support your education

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Payments and Refund Policy

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.

Standard MFA Programs 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 classes80% of tuition refunded
Third week of classes70% of tuition refunded
Fourth week of classes60% of tuition refunded
Fifth week of classes50% of tuition refunded
Sixth week of classes40% of tuition refunded
Seventh week of classes30% of tuition refunded
Eigth week of classes20% of tuition refunded


No tuition refunds will be made for students officially withdrawing after the ninth 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.

Get in touch

We are here to help you sort through the Financial Aid process. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or need assistance. Our office is open M-F, 9am-5pm PST.

Office of Financial Aid
financialaid@pnca.edu
503.821.8971
toll free: 888.390.7499
fax: 971.242.3865

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