Tuition and Cost to Attend San Francisco Art Institute

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to San Francisco Art Institute was $57,684 for the 2014/2015 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of California residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for San Francisco Art Institute is $39,226 for the 2014/2015 academic year. This is 56% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $25,198. The cost is $18,592 and 90% more expensive than the average California tuition of $20,634 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 157th in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 25th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $870 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $40,096.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,666 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in San Francisco should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,922.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for San Francisco Art Institute
Expenditure Price
California Resident Total Cost $57,684
   In-State Tuition$39,226
   Other Fees$870
   Room and Board$15,666
   Books and Supplies$1,922
Non-Resident Total Cost $57,684
   Out-of-State Tuition$39,226
   Other Fees$870
   Room and Board$15,666
   Books and Supplies$1,922


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $57,684 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported San Francisco Art Institute net price for in-state students $40,784* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

90% of San Francisco Art Institute students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $15,149. 28 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $4,271. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend San Francisco Art Institute, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for San Francisco Art Institute
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$40,784*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid90%
Average Total Grant Aid$15,149
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants28%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,271

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$40,793
$30,001 to $48,000$39,806
$48,001 to $75,000$42,442
$75,001 to $110,000$32,609

Average Financial Aid Mix - $57,684 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $57,684. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 26% - $15,149

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, San Francisco Art Institute or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 9% - $5,027

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 65% -  $37,508

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. San Francisco Art Institute
California College of the Arts6% more expensive
William Jessup University40.3% less expensive
Fresno Pacific University33.1% less expensive
Simpson University38.1% less expensive
Hope International University32.3% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at San Francisco Art Institute.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at San Francisco Art Institute is $230,736 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $37,527 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $150,108**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $288,420 or $187,635 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at San Francisco Art Institute.

California Resident Tuition Per Semester$19,613
California Resident Total Cost Per Semester$28,842

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at San Francisco Art Institute are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at San Francisco Art Institute
Price per credit hour$1,491
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,473
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,964

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 48% of San Francisco Art Institute students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,027.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for San Francisco Art Institute? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $150,108, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $184,865.39. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at San Francisco Art Institute. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 90% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $37,527. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our San Francisco Art Institute student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

San Francisco Art Institute Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,540.54
Amount Borrowed$150,108.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$34,757.39
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$184,865.39

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend San Francisco Art Institute? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending San Francisco Art Institute, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $184,865.39 would be needed to afford a $1,540.54 monthly payment in the example $150,108.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to San Francisco Art Institute in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $27,200 to $34,916. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $230,736.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for San Francisco Art Institute.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$79,329$317,316
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$101,246$404,984
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $129,219$516,874
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $149,587$598,346

Tuition History

What was tuition at San Francisco Art Institute five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at San Francisco Art Institute to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Painting Bachelor's Degree 24 48% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 8 60% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 8 72% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 6 45% costlier
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 4 38% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 38% costlier
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier


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About San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute is a four year private college located in San Francisco, California.  Full time enrollment is 589 and part time is 79.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 511 applicants. 321 were admitted and 82 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

San Francisco Art Institute is a private not for profit institution.

San Francisco Art Institute cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122454 IPEDS survey data.

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