PNCA offers a wide range of financial aid to offset the costs of your education. While the full undergraduate tuition is $37,500, the average tuition cost is less than $20,000 because of PNCA scholarships. The cost will be even lower if a student qualifies for State and Federal Grants.
Tuition and Fees
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 apply to PNCA's undergraduate programs.
$37,500 per year, full time enrollment
Tuition 12 - 18 credits
$18,750 per semester
Tuition: 1 - 11 credits and 18.1+ credits
$1,563.00 per credit
$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
$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 $74.50 per semester
$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.
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.
Pacific Northwest College of Art awards scholarships for entering Fall semester students who demonstrate potential to succeed in the BFA program. There are two types of available scholarships for new students: Juried and Admissions. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate outstanding creative abilities and scholarly achievement. Financial need is considered for some of the scholarships.
Admissions Scholarships for New Students
All students applying to PNCA’s BFA program for the Fall semester prior to January 31 are automatically considered for Admissions scholarships. Students applying after January 31 are considered until funds have been exhausted. The scholarships are available to both U.S. citizens and international students.
Competitive Juried Scholarships for New Students
All students applying to PNCA’s BFA program for the Fall semester prior to January 31 are automatically considered. The scholarships are available to both U.S. citizens and international students. (Students who have previously attended PNCA as an admitted BFA student are not eligible for these scholarships.)
- The Dorothy Lemelson Scholarship is awarded to one student who shows exceptional promise as indicated by academic history, admissions essays and portfolio. Financial need is considered. Renewable up to four years, this scholarship is for the full cost of tuition and fees.
- The Ed Cauduro Scholarship is awarded to one student based on exceptional creative promise, academic strength and financial need. The $10,000 scholarship is reviewed for renewal each year.
- The Nines Scholarship
- William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
- Thomas Deering Memorial Scholarship
- Chase Cook Memorial Scholarship
- Al Solheim Scholarship
- Bill Fletcher Scholarship
Scholarships for Continuing Students
PNCA has 40 scholarships and prizes available to students who are currently enrolled in Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Each scholarship has different application criteria and requirements. The Financial Aid office and the Academic Department Chairs distribute information regarding these PNCA Scholarships each spring.
- Argyle Winery Scholarship
- William Jamison Memorial Scholarship
- Nancy Tonkin Memorial Scholarship
- Hawthorne Hunt Memorial Scholarship
- Helen Director Memorial Scholarship
- Louis Bunce Memorial Scholarship
- Charles H. Carey Award for Life Drawing
- Charles Howard Voorhies Drawing Award
- C.S. Price Award for Painting
- Gamblin Paint Award
- Ed & Sandy Martin Merit Sculpture Award
- Manuel Izquierdo Scholarship
- Vivian & Gordon Gilkey Printmaking Scholarship
- Robert C. Lee Printmaking Scholarship
- Scott Fuentes Printmaking Scholarship
- Opan Filteau Photography Scholarship
- Lloyd Reynolds Award for Graphic Design
- David J. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
- Interdisciplinary Artist Merit Scholarship
- Jacob and Ruth Cole Kainen Scholarship
- Rachael Griffin Memorial Scholarship
- William H. Givler Outstanding Thesis Prize
- Abraham & Anna C. Helman Thesis Award
- Thesis Writing Award
- PNCA Merit Scholarship
Other Scholarship Resources
- Online Search Databases
- Oregon Student Access Commission Scholarships (scholarships for Oregon residents).
- Local Public Libraries
- PNCA’s Financial Aid Office — Additional scholarships are collected and cataloged as they become available from the community each year.
Additional Supporters of PNCA Endowment Funds for Scholarships
- Alumni & Friends Scholarship
- Jane Chase Memorial Scholarship
- Beth Fagan Memorial Scholarship
- Everett B. & Jean Jacobberger Franks Scholarship
- Ruth Elise Halvorsen Memorial Scholarship
- Bernard & Gertrude Heims Scholarship
- Lamb/Weston Endowed Scholarship
- John Mosser Scholarship
- Mary L. Peterson Memorial Scholarship
- Agnes Prentis Memorial Scholarship
- Anne K. & Lawrence C. Shaw Memorial Scholarship
- Stephen Eberly Thompson Scholarship
- Shanna C. Wheeler Memorial Scholarship
- Holt C. Wilson Memorial Scholarship
- Norman C. & Marian Zimmer Memorial Scholarship
Grant assistance is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, so not every student will receive a grant. You do not have to work for a grant or repay it after you leave school; grants are commonly referred to as “gift aid”. They are distributed directly to your student account balance at PNCA at the beginning of each term.
Federal Pell Grant
The US Department of Education awards Federal Pell Grants to the neediest students, as judged by the information submitted on your FAFSA form. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or a professional degree (such as pharmacy or architecture) are not eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants. Every student who completes the FAFSA form is automatically considered for the Federal Pell Grant program. The maximum Pell Grant during the 2016-17 school year is $5,815.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program was created to provide additional grant support to students with exceptional financial need. Exceptional need is measured by comparing the Expected Family Contributions (EFC) of all students attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Priority of funding is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. The US Department of Education distributes FSEOG funds to each college that participates in the program. Unlike the Federal Pell Grant program, FSEOG funds are often exhausted before the end of the school year. Interested students should be sure to submit their FAFSA applications as early as possible. The FSEOG grant at PNCA is 600$ per year, if eligible.
Oregon Opportunity Grant
The Oregon Opportunity Grant program was created by the Oregon State Legislature to help needy Oregon students to attend Oregon colleges. Oregon residents who attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art may be eligible to receive an Oregon Opportunity Grant. These grants are awarded on the basis of financial need, based upon the information provided on your FAFSA. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive an Oregon Opportunity Grant. More detailed information regarding the Oregon Opportunity Grant is posted on the Oregon Student Access Commission Homepage.
The PNCA Grant assists students who have remaining financial need after all applicable federal and state grants have been awarded.
Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans are based on a student’s financial need and year in school. Eligibility is defined as follows:
- Freshmen may borrow up to $3,500
- Sophomores may borrow up to $4,500
- Juniors and seniors may borrow up to $5,500
While a student is enrolled in school at least half-time no payments on the loan are due, and the federal government pays all accrued interest on the subsidized loans. Interest begins to accrue at the beginning of a student’s six-month grace period.
Students must maintain “in-school” status to continue receiving loans and the interest subsidy from the federal government. In school status requires a student to maintain a minimum of half-time enrollment or 6 credit-hours.
The current interest rate for Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans borrowed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, is 3.76%. The current loan fee is 1.069% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. Loan fees are subject to change.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to students regardless of financial need.
Students who are dependent (as determined by the FAFSA application) are eligible to borrow up to $2,000 per year in the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program.
Students who are independent (as determined by the FAFSA application) are eligible to borrow an amount of Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan per year, based on their year in school:
- Freshmen and sophomores may borrow up to $6,000
- Juniors and seniors may borrow up to $7,000
While a student is enrolled in school at least half-time no payments on the loan are due. Interest on the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan accrues while a student is attending school and through their six-month grace period. Borrowers are encouraged to pay accruing interest on these loan funds during enrollment. Unpaid interest is capitalized prior to the loan’s entering repayment.
The current interest rate for Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans borrowed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, is 3.76%. The current loan fee is 1.060% deducted from the principal at the time of disbursement. Loan fees are subject to change.
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
Federal Parent PLUS Loan funds are available to the parents of dependent students to help meet the cost of attendance. Approval for the Parent Plus loan is contingent upon a credit check performed by the federal loan processor. A parent may borrow the PLUS Loan regardless of need up to the full cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. Parents may defer making payments on the PLUS Loan while the student is attending at least half-time (six credits).
The current interest rate for Federal Parent 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 Parent PLUS Loan Credit Criteria
Parent borrowers with adverse credit history are not eligible for the Federal Parent 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 Alternative Loans
Additional education loan funding is available from sources other than the federal government. These loans carry a higher interest rate, and are offered by several commercial lenders. Students must credit-qualify with the selected lender before receiving private loan funding. Many students will choose to apply with a credit-worthy consigner to increase the likelihood of approval. Further information on these loan programs is available from the Financial Aid Office.
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:
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.
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.