Expenses & Fees

Due May 30, 2018

For residents: $4,850

For commuters: $3,000

  • Tuition for two studio courses, including 4 units of college credit, Friday Workshops, and Art In Context: $3,000 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)
  • Residential Program: $1,850 (includes $100 nonrefundable deposit)

“I have learned so much [during] my time here at SFAI PreCollege—I have grown so much in unimaginable ways. In my art, I have had my technical and creative skills pushed. Personally, I have had my world-view expanded and made incredible connections. Overall, this experience will be one I carry through my whole life.” 

Louise de Oliveira
San Jose, CA

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, 2018.

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—$50,000 dispersed over four years at SFAI. This highly competitive scholarship will be dispersed to the recipient(s) upon application and admission to SFAI’s undergraduate program. This award may not be combined with other academic scholarships. Up to four top performing students may receive this award.
  • Rising Juniors—$1,000 award for recipient(s) to attend SFAI’s PreCollege program again the following summer. 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 Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Last day for an 80% refund minus $100 deposits ($200 total if in housing), with written notice, is Friday, June 8, 2018.

Last day for a 50% refund minus $100 deposits ($200 total if in housing), with written notice, is Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

No refunds after Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

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.