CIIS welcomes a diverse student body and works with each applicant to create an affordable path towards joining our community. In addition to financial aid, students are eligible for a wide variety of scholarships funded by donors and CIIS that total over $1.5 million a year.

CLICK HERE for a full listing of 2018-19 tuition and fees. Tuition and Fees are approved by the Institute's Board of Trustees every year and are due at the time of registration. The actual costs to students may vary based on fees at specific programs and individual needs.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

The Cost of Attendance is the estimated cost of completing a full year as a full-time residential student at CIIS, including tuition and fees, an allowance for living expenses, such as room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal costs. The following tables show the estimated average Cost of Attendance for the 2018-19 academic year (two semesters) and summer semester if applicable.

  • Direct costs - amounts students pay directly to CIIS.
  • Estimated indirect costs - amounts that may vary for each student.
  • The estimated total includes both the direct costs and indirect cost estimates.
ACTCM

CIIS

2018-2019 Cost of Attendance for CIIS Students
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019* (see note 1 regarding tuition)
BAC*1 MA*1,5 MFA*1,6 PhD*1,5,7 PsyD*2
Direct Cost:

Tuition (assuming
full-time attendance)

 $19,800 $20,970 $27,960 $24,228 $32,304
Direct Cost: Reg Fee ($85/semester) $170 $170 $170 $170 $170
Direct Cost: Technology Fee ($55/semester) $150 $150 $150 $150 $150
Direct Cost: Wellness Fee ($75/semester) $110 $110 $110 $110 $110
Estimated Cost: Books and Supplies $1,934 $1,934 $1,934 $1,934 $1,934
Estimated Cost: Room and Board $23,954 $23,954 $23,954 $23,954 $23,954
Estimated Cost: Transportation $1,272 $1,272 $1,272 $1,272 $1,272
Estimated Cost: Personal $5,108 $5,108 $5,108 $5,108 $5,108
Estimated Total: $52,498 $53,668 $60,658 $56,926 $65,002
Summer 2019* (see note 4 regarding tuition)
 BAC*4 MA*4 MFA*6 PhD*4 PsyD*4
Direct Cost: Tuition (see *4 note below) $9,900 $3,495 $3,495 $4,038 $4,038
Direct Cost: Reg Fee  $85 $85 $85 $85 $85
Direct Cost: Technology Fee $75 $75 $75 $75 $75
Direct Cost: Wellness Fee $55 $55 $55 $55 $55
Estimated Cost: Books and Supplies  $967 $605 $605 $605 $605
Estimated Cost: Room and Board  $11,977 $7,486 $7,486 $7,486 $7,486
Estimated Cost: Transportation  $636 $508 $508 $508 $508
Estimated Cost: Personal  $2,554 $1,597 $1,597 $1,597 $1,597
Estimated Total: $26,249 $13,906 $13,906 $14,449 $14,449

ACTCM

2018-2019 Cost of Attendance for ACTCM at CIIS Students
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019* (see note 1 regarding tuition)
MSTCM*1 DACM*1 DACMt*3 DAOM*1
Direct Cost: Tuition (assuming full-time attendance) $14,850 $15,840 $10,395 $9,564
Direct Cost: Reg Fee ($85/semester) $170 $170 $170 $170
Direct Cost: Technology Fee ($75/semester) $150 $150 $150 $150
Direct Cost: Wellness Fee ($55/semester) $110 $110 $110 $110
Estimated Cost: Books and Supplies $1,934 $1,934 $1,934 $1,934
Estimated Cost: Room and Board $23,954 $23,954 $23,954 $23,954
Estimated Cost: Transportation $1,272 $1,272 $1,272 $1,272
Estimated Cost: Personal $5,108 $5,108 $5,108 $5,108
Estimated Total:   $47,548 $48,538 $43,093 $42,262
Summer 2019
   MSTCM*4 DACM*4 DACMt*3 DAOM*4
Direct Cost: Tuition*4 $7,425 $7,920 $5,445 $4,782
Direct Cost: Reg Fee  $85 $85 $85 $85
Direct Cost: Technology Fee $75 $75 $75 $75
Direct Cost: Wellness Fee $55 $55 $55 $55
Estimated Cost: Books and Supplies  $967 $967 $967 $967
Estimated Cost: Room and Board  $11,977  $11,977  $11,977  $11,977
Estimated Cost: Transportation  $636 $636 $636 $636
Estimated Cost: Personal  $2,554 $2,554 $2,554 $2,554
Estimated Total:  $23,774 $23,269 $21,794 $21,131

Notes
*1: Fall & Spring Tuition Assumes 12-18 units flat-rate for BAC; 9 units per term for MA and PD; 12 units for MFA; 15 units for MSTCM, 16 units for DACM; full-time flat-rate for DAOM.
*2: PsyD students take 12 units in fall and spring for their first 2 years.
*3: DACMt Assumes 21 units over two terms. Summer term for tDACM assumes 11 units.
*4: Summer tuition assumes 3 units (HALF-TIME) for MA and PD and PsyD over 2.5 months; 15 units for MSTCM over 4 months; 16 units for DACM and FULL-TIME Flat Rate for BAC/DAOM over 4 months.
*5: Both the master's and doctoral level TID programs require a fall and spring intensive. Cost of the intensive for 2017-18 is $1,730 (double occupancy) and is not included above.
*6: The MFA Theater Performance Making program includes an Exchange component that is required to graduate. The cost of the Exchange is $4,053 and is not included above.

Click here to see the total cost of attendance for the duration of each degree program. 


For information on financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (415) 575-6122 or finaid@ciis.edu.

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