Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance at Academy of Art University for full-time undergraduate and graduate students is estimated below. Also included are tuition payment options.

Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

Undergraduate Tuition (Domestic Students): $1,011 per unit – 3 units per class

Graduate & Art Teaching Credential (Domestic Students): $1,137 per unit – 3 units per class

Application Fee*$50
Registration Fee*$50/semester
Enrollment Fee**$95, first term domestic students only
Student Activity Fee$30/semester, onsite only
Course Fees$400/average per semester
Materials/Supplies$540/average per semester
Total$26,399/estimated undergraduate expenses for a full-time student for the academic year

Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

Undergraduate Tuition (International Students): $1,059 per unit – 3 units per class

Graduate & Art Teaching Credential (International Students): $1,191 per unit – 3 units per class

Application Fee*$150
Registration Fee*$50/semester
International Student Services Fee*$300 - onsite only
Student Activity Fee$30/semester, onsite only
Tuition Deposit***$2,500 - will go towards tuition upon enrollment
Course Fees$400/average per semester
Materials/Supplies$540/average per semester
Total$27,856/estimated undergraduate expenses for a full-time student for the academic year

*These fees are non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferrable
**Enrollment fee is charged in lieu of $50 registration fee for domestic students in their first semester
***Refundable and will be returned within 45 days of our receipt of a formal notice that you will not attend Academy of Art University
Note: You will receive Student Self-Service login information as part of your student welcome kit if you are admitted to the University.

Academy of Art offers many different ways to help you structure your payments, including installment plans and interest-free payment plans. Our account receivable representatives can walk you and your family through all of your options for financial assistance and payments. If you have any account-related questions, please contact Accounts Receivable to speak to a representative at 1-415-618-6429.

Credit Card

If you are paying by credit card, you can pay online by logging in to Student Self-Service. Payments can be made 24 hours a day. Follow this path once you are logged-in to Student Self-Service: My Educational Profile > Finances > Make a Payment/Installment Plan


To pay by check, please:

  1. Make the check payable to Academy of Art University
  2. Write the student ID# on the check’s ‘Memo’ field for identification
  3. Mail the check to PO Box 742864 Los Angeles, CA 90074-2864

You can make cash payments in person at the Accounts Receivable Department on the 4th floor of the 150 Hayes St. building during normal business hours.

Installment Plan

Our installment plan is available to all students. The installment plan enables students to pay their tuition in four separate payments during the Fall and Spring semesters and two separate payments during Summer. Students may also use the installment plan for any portion of their tuition not covered by their awarded financial aid. Installment plan agreement contracts and information regarding the Academy’s installment plan may be obtained from the Accounts Receivable office. The Accounts Receivable staff may assist the student with the completion of the required contract. Students enrolled for Fall or Spring may submit an online application for our four-month installment plan contract and students enrolled for Summer may do it for our two-month installment plan contract. Go to Student Self Service and navigate to “My Educational Profile”, click on “Finances” link to apply online for the installment plan. A payment plan fee of $50.00 is due with the first installment.

Fall 2019 Payment Due Dates

  • 1st Installment (with $50 fee): Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • 2nd Installment: Monday, October 1, 2019
  • 3rd Installment: Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • 4th Installment: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Interest-Free Plans

In addition to our four-month installment plan, we also offer a pre-payment option. This option allows students and parents to pay in advance for a future term’s tuition and place the residual balance on our regular installment plan. This money management method allows both students and parents to budget and finance their educational costs in advance, and lessen the financial burden as each semester begins. If you are choosing to utilize the four-month installment plan in addition to pre-payments you have made, please advise your Accounts Receivable advisor at the time we assist you with the completion of the contract.

International Payments

Academy of Art University accepts all international payments via Flywire. It’s a secure and streamlined payment process that makes it easy to pay from accounts in your home country. With Flywire, you can pay online from countries around the world, typically in your home currency.

Why Use Flywire?

Pay from accounts in your home country, outside of US.  For most countries and territories, you pay in your home currency and Flywire will send funds in $USD directly to Academy of Art University Offers payment methods that range from bank transfer, credit cards, e-wallets and more for most countries and territories. Avoid unnecessary bank fees and receive favorable foreign exchange rates Track the progress of your payment anytime online and receive email and text alerts each step of the way including when it reaches Academy of Art Benefit from Flywire multilingual customer support via phone, chat and email

How to Make a Payment Online

  1. Go directly to
  2. Enter amount to pay and select your home country.
  3. Select a payment option. Options can include bank transfer, credit cards, or other local payment options depending on the country selected
  4. Enter the required information for Academy of Art to initiate the payment
  5. Make payment to Flywire as instructed. Flywire will process and send your payment to Academy of Art with your information.
  6. Track your payment via email/text or via web. You will also be notified of when Academy of Art receives your payment.

Flywire Customer Support

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