Policies

Dropping a course or program

To drop a course, log into your student profile on the Student Portal and navigate to My Enrollment History. Select Request Drop for the course you wish to drop. 

Dropping a course prior to the drop deadline will delete the course from your student record. You may be eligible for a full or partial refund depending on when you request the drop (See Refund Policy below for Extended Studies Programs for more information).

On-campus 1-4 week programs

Discover 1 week program:  At the end of the 1st day of class
Discover 2 week program:  At the end of the 2nd day of class

On-campus 5-8 week programs

Summer Residencies & Critical Studies Classes: 

Thursday of the 1st week of class

Online Portfolio Development Workshops

Portfolio Development Workshops: 

Thursday of the 1st week of class

Withdrawing from a course or program

After the first seven days of the course or program have passed, a request to leave the course is considered a withdrawal and will be marked on your transcript. To request a withdrawal you must submit written notice via email to extendedstudies@calarts.edu.

On-campus 1-4 week programs

Discover 1 week program:  Withdrawals accepted 2nd and 3rd day of class
Discover 2 week program:  Withdrawals accepted 3rd - 6th day of class

On-campus 5-8 week programs

Summer Residencies & Critical Studies: 

Withdrawals accepted the 2nd - 3rd week of class

Online Portfolio Development Workshops

Portfolio Development Workshops: 

Withdrawals accepted the 2nd - 5th week of class

Transferring from one course to another

You may request a transfer into another course providing: enrollment for both courses is still open, you meet the requirements or prerequisites for that course and there are seats available. If there is a difference in cost between the two courses, you may be required to pay the difference or may be eligible for a refund, depending when the request was made. Transfers are subject to staff approval.

Refund Policy for Extended Studies Programs

Refunds are honored if the course or program is dropped:

On-campus programs

Up to and including the 21st day before program start date:  100% refund
Up to and including the program drop deadline:  50% refund
After program drop deadline:  No refunds given

Online Portfolio Development Workshops

Up to and including the 3rd day before program start date:  100% refund
Up to and including the program drop deadline:  50% refund
After program drop deadline:  No refunds given
  • Application fees and certain special request fees are non-refundable.
  • In the event that CalArts cancels a program before the start date enrolled participants will receive a 100% refund of tuition paid.
  • Policy violations by a student that lead to their early departure from a program result in a 0% refund.

Open Learning courses

For information on unenrolling from courses or Specializations/Programs offered through CalArts’ Open Learning initiative, or questions about refunds, visit the help pages on our partner platforms Coursera & Kadenze.

Refund and Cancellation Policies for Summer Housing

  • Please refer to the Housing page for this year's deadlines and fees. 
  • Your request for housing will not be processed until you have submitted the Security Deposit, which is a payment to hold your spot in on-campus housing. It will be refunded to you (less any charges for damages incurred to your room or suite) at the end of your stay.
  • You may cancel a reservation by submitting written notice via email to residencelife@calarts.edu before the payment deadline. Cancellation requests received before this date will be refunded the housing fee only.
  • Cancellation requests received after the payment deadline will receive no refund.
  • If you are not admitted to a Summer program and you have already paid for housing, you will receive a full refund (both housing fee and security deposit).

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for Extended Studies courses and programs. We currently do not offer scholarships at this time.

Installment Plans

CalArts does not offer a payment plan for Extended Studies classes and programs, and all payments must be received by the Office of Accounting by the posted deadline. Students with an outstanding balance will be dropped from the class or program, and/or removed from housing.

Auditing courses

Students are not permitted to audit courses at this time.

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