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Tuition & Fees

Paying for your UArts Education

A UArts education is a unique, catered experience for each student, allowing you to develop the skills and experience necessary to make your creative dreams a reality. It’s an investment in yourself, your goals and your future—one which we believe the cost of attendance should not stop you from pursuing. To help you finance your degree, UArts offers a wide range of financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, or student employment—funded through federal, state, university or private organizations.

In the section below, we have outlined the direct and indirect charges associated with a UArts education. Most students receive some form of merit-based scholarship or need-based aid, which can greatly reduce the overall cost.

  • Merit-based scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process.

  • Need-based packages are provided based on students’ completed (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAFSA.

All students are encouraged to complete the admissions process and file a FAFSA in order to determine the actual cost of their enrollment at UArts.

2021–2022 Cost of Attendance




 Full-time tuition






 Books & supplies


 Transportation & personal


 Student services


 Total estimated cost



Graduate tuition rates differ from undergraduate rates. In addition, tuition rates can vary based on specialized programs, such as the Graduate Certificate in Devised Performance. Learn more about specialized tuition rates.

Calculate your cost.



Full-time (12–18 credits) annual tuition (flat fee): $48,350
Deposit (required 1st semester, nonrefundable; applied towards tuition): $300

Cost per-credit (part time and over 18 credits): $2,020
Cost per-credit (nonmatriculated): $1,410
Non-major private lessons (flat fee): $316



Shared room within an apartment: $11,380/year

Single room within a shared apartment: $12,160/year

Single studio apartment: $12,770/year

Annual housing reservation deposit (nonrefundable, applied toward security deposit): $200

Annual security deposit (refundable if no damage charges): $200

Meal Plan


Platinum Plan (required for first-year resident students)

  • $3,125 Dining Dollars per semester

  • All first-year students are required to be on the Platinum Plan and it remains an option for returning residential students as well. Dining Dollars are straight dollar-for-dollar exchange for all retail items on campus. Dining Dollars do not roll over from semester to semester and any unused dining dollars are forfeited.

Gold Plan

  • $2,705 Dining Dollars per semester

  • The Gold Plan is available for residential students who have completed their first year. All of the same Dining Dollars conditions as the Platinum Plan apply.

View UArts’ dining options.


Summer 2021 Tuition & Fees

Summer tuition is offered at a discounted rate, to help students make progress toward completing their degrees. We strongly suggest that students who are considering attending during the summer to meet with a Student Financial Services (SFS) counselor.

Summer tuition: $615 per course for Critical Studies courses*

Undergraduate course: $1,350 per credit hour*

Summer internship tuition: $140 per credit for the first 3 credits; after the first 3 credits, students are billed at the full summer per-credit rate of $1,350.

*The summer rate does not apply to Graduate or Specialized Programs.

Other Expenses

Books & Supplies

Estimated cost of books and supplies: $1,314 per year


Students should expect to set aside additional funds for a mandatory laptop. For more information and computer requirements by major, visit the Laptop Requirement page.


Estimated cost of residential transportation: $819 per year

Estimated cost of commuter transportation: $1,962 per year

Personal Expenses

Estimated personal expenses per academic year: $1,701 per year

Student Services Fee: $180 ($90 per semester)

Health Insurance

Cost for coverage beginning 8/15/21–8/14/22: $4,241 per year

Spring 2021 enrollment 1/1/21–8/14/21: $2,497

University of the Arts requires that all full-time, matriculated students taking six or more credits carry health insurance, either through an insurance company or the school-based plan. See more information in the Health Services section.

Refund Policy

University of the Arts has partnered with GradGuard Tuition Insurance and encourages all students and families to review its program, which can be purchased to protect educational investment.  

Visit GradGuard Tuition Insurance to learn more.