Expenses & Fees

Due May 30, 2020

For residents: $5,235For commuters: $3,450

  • Tuition for two studio courses, including 4 units of college credit, $380 Meal Plan, Friday Workshops, and Art In Context: $3,450 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)

  • Residential Program, including supervised housing, housing programs, and San Francisco bus pass: $1,785 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)

"Attending SFAI PreCollege has given me the experience of being surrounded by people passionate about several different art forms and have made amazing friends. PreCollege has also let me explore deeper into areas that i've always been interested in but have never had the opportunity to dive into until now."

Mia Landon
Woodinville, WA

Art Supplies

Students receive a supply list for each course prior to the program’s start date. You are expected to have all supplies at the start of PreCollege. Please note that supplies for most courses are approximately $100 to $250.

Living Costs

Although every student budget is unique, all students will need some spending money for weekday dinners, weekend meals, snacks, and other miscellaneous items. On average, students spend approximately $180 per week, but could spend less if they are committed to cooking and grocery shopping.


Need-based scholarships are available to a limited number of students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Scholarships are reviewed using the Federal Methodology approved by Congress to estimate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Families with an EFC less than the cost of attendance will be considered for partial tuition-scholarships.

The number of students demonstrating need often outweighs our giving capacity. As a result, scholarship recipients receive partial-tuition scholarships. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship with SFAI, but to also look into alternative scholarship opportunities (such as crowdfunding campaigns, local businesses, personal art sales, etc.).

Your acceptance to the program is not affected in any way if you apply for a scholarship. Scholarship application forms are available online or upon request and must be received with your completed application materials to be considered.

Review will begin February 1, 2019.

PreCollege Alum Merit Awards

SFAI PreCollege students are incredibly driven and motivated—often making them top contenders for undergraduate scholarships.

Upon successful completion of PreCollege at SFAI, alums applying to the BFA/BA program are considered for Presidential-category merit scholarships—reducing the cost of tuition by up to $15,000 annually. Additionally, outstanding PreCollege students (as nominated by faculty) may receive the following awards:

  • Rising Senior / Graduated Senior—Upon successful completion of the PreCollege program, alums who are admitted and enroll in a BFA or BA program will be awarded a $2,000 PreCollege Scholarship for their first year. This award is in addition to other scholarships and grants that SFAI students may qualify for. The scholarship will be dispersed as $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring semester.
  • Rising Juniors—The recipient of this award will receive $1000 to enroll in SFAI’s PreCollege program again the following summer, and another $1,000 award for one of their friends who is new to PreCollege. Up to four top performing students may receive this award.

Refund Policy

Last day for a 100% refund minus $100 deposits ($200 total if in housing), with written notice, is Friday, May 15, 2020.

Last day for an 80% refund minus $100 deposits ($200 total if in housing), with written notice, is Friday, June 5, 2020.

Last day for a 50% refund minus $100 deposits ($200 total if in housing), with written notice, is Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

No refunds after Wednesday, June 20, 2020.

IMPORTANT: No tuition or other fees are refunded to a student who is asked to leave the program for a violation of school policies or regulations.