Tuition & Fees

The College establishes tuition and fees each February for the upcoming school year. The list of tuition, fees and estimated expenses for the 2019/2020 academic year is below.

Tuition and Fees Cost
Tutition $32,160
Comprehensive Student Fee $1,200
Orientation Fee (new students only) $175
Per Credit Charge $1,340
Housing and Meal Plan (based on double room and 'B' meal plan) $12,664
Private Music Lessons & Tutorial Studies $260-$930

The most current listing of costs is available at Cornish provides some very helpful tools on the College website including a tuition calculator.

Tuition Payment Details

Tuition and all fees are due in full August 1 for fall semester and January 12 for spring semester, unless the account has an approved payment plan. It is the student’s responsibility to pay tuition and fees regardless of attendance.

Students may either:

  • Pay semester tuition and fees in full on or before the due date, or
  • Enroll in an approved deferred payment plan.

Students are expected to read and understand the registration, withdrawal, add/drop, leave of absence, and refund policies of Cornish College of the Arts.

If your bill is unpaid by the due date or a payment plan is not established, your bill is considered past due. Cornish charges late fees for past due accounts at the rate of $10 per $1,000 past due, with a minimum late fee of $25.

There is a ten-day grace period before the first late fee is charged. After this, fees are charged every 30 days from the initial due date. We may temporarily cancel your registration until the balance due is paid. If you are a graduating senior, your outstanding balance must be completely paid in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Collection costs are added to the past-due amount when it is necessary to refer the account to a collection agency. Collection agency action against a past due student account or Perkins loan balance will be governed by Washington State law. Students agree that by providing contact information to Cornish, including cellular telephone numbers and secondary personal reference information, they consent to be contacted by Cornish or anyone working on the College’s behalf by manual or automated dialing.

Payment Plan Option

Cornish offers an optional monthly payment plan, which allows you to make several payments over the course of each semester instead of one large payment at the start of the term. All payment plans have an enrollment fee of $40.00 per semester, collected when you set the plan up. These payment plans are only for the current semester and are not automatically renewed - you must enroll in a new payment plan each semester.

Installments are charged on the 5th of the month to your designated bank account or credit card.. Payments via credit or debit cards incur a 2.75% merchant fee per transaction. Payments via e-check, which come directly from your bank account, don’t have a fee. Depending upon when you set up your plan, the balance may be spread over four or five monthly installments each semester.

To enroll in a plan, you will need to log in to CashNet. Students and parents have different links; while you will access CashNet through the My Online Account (link) page on Compass, your parent will log in through the link provided when you grant them access to your account.

Find the ‘Installment Payment Plans’ section and click ‘Enroll’ in the payment plan. The payment plan will automatically set based on your current account balance. If you need a lower plan amount because you’re expecting an outside scholarship to arrive, please contact the Office of Student Accounts.

Follow the prompts to the Auto-Pay section and enter the information for the bank account or credit/debit card you will use to make payments. Auto-Pay is required to take advantage of the payment plan, and payment plans that do not complete the set-up will be removed from payment plan service. Please note: the email address you provide in this screen will be the primary contact for receiving notifications regarding this payment plan.

Throughout the course of the semester, your account is subject to change based on additional charges, payments or financial aid. In these cases, the payment plan will be adjusted.

Electronic Billing, Refunds & Parent Access

If your payments or financial aid result in an overpayment to your student account, a refund will be issued to you. Refunds are processed every week during the academic year.  If you are expecting a refund, it will be sent to a bank account that you designate under “E-Refund” in your online student account page (Compass > Student Accounts > “Go to My Online Account”).

Your bill and student account are viewable in your online student account page (managed by CashNet.) Here, you will be able to view your charges and your financial aid in the same space, as well as make payments and set up a monthly payment plan for the semester balance. Access this page within Compass (Compass > Student Accounts > “Go to My Online Account”).

Only you have access to your CashNet account. If a parent or other party wishes to make payments on your behalf, you must give them access.  To give a parent or other co-billers access to the online student account page, they must be added as a user via “Parent PINs”.  Create a username and enter the email address of the person you’d like to set up. They will be sent an email containing a username and a temporary password and may then access the online account via a separate login page. Due to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) we will be unable to share any information with a parent or

co-biller until they are given this access. Granting bill access in My Online Account does not share any academic information with a parent or co-biller.

Tuition and Fee Refunds

To withdraw after registering for classes, you will file a withdrawal form with the Registrar’s Office. The withdrawal date on this form will be used for all financial adjustments, including refund calculations. If you leave the College without official notification of your intent to withdraw, the mid-point of the term will be recorded as the official withdrawal date. Lack of attendance does not cancel your financial obligations.

Tuition for each semester is billed upon registration. If you withdraw after registering for classes, you may be eligible for a refund. Please note that comprehensive fees, late fees, tuition deposits, and housing deposits are non-refundable.

The following schedule will be followed to determine the percent of the refund owed the student who has officially withdrawn from the College:


  • Week 1:   100%
  • Weeks 2 - 3:   75%
  • Weeks 4 - 6:   50%
  • Weeks 7 – 9:   25%
  • Weeks 10 - 15:   no refund


  • Before the 1st Day of Classes:   100%
  • Week 1 (5 – 14 Week Courses Only:   40%
  • After Week 1:   no refund

Lack of attendance, course abandonment, or cancellation of student registration due to lack of payment does not cancel a student’s financial obligation.

When a student leaves school or does not register for the next semester, recipients of Stafford and Perkins federal loans must schedule an exit interview with Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts. Graduates must complete an exit interview and have their student account paid in full prior to graduation.

Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

The housing and meal plan contract may be canceled during its term for the following reasons:

  • Completion of graduation requirements
  • Withdrawal from the College for at least one semester
  • Ineligibility to continue enrollment due to failure to meet academic or other requirements

In the event of such cancellation, the resident must properly check out of their room within 48 hours of notifying Housing and Residence Life of their cancellation, and the following refund schedule applies per semester:

Prior to May 1, no cancellation fee and housing deposit ($300) is returned in full. The student must notify Housing and Residence Life in writing.

May 1 – June 30, no cancellation fee but housing deposit ($300) is forfeited. The student must notify Housing and Residence Life in writing.

July 1 – the first day of classes, a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the housing fee for one semester and housing deposit forfeited.   

After the first day of classes, the student is responsible for payment for the term in which the student requires a release, plus payment for 50% of any remaining term.  

Withdrawal and Recalculation of Financial Aid


Grants, scholarships, and waivers awarded by Cornish College of the Arts will follow the same recalculation schedule as the tuition refund schedule. For example, a student who withdraws in Week 6 will receive 50% of their Cornish scholarship for the term.


Federal regulations require you to repay a portion of your financial aid funds in proportion to the length of time you remained enrolled, up until 60% of the semester. if you withdraw before 60% of the semester has been completed (Week 9). If your withdrawal date is before the end of Week 9, Student Accounts will counsel you regarding how much of your federal financial aid must be returned, and what you will owe.


State regulations require you to repay a portion of your financial aid funds

(State Need Grant & College Bound Scholarship) if you withdraw before 50% of the semester has been completed (Week 7). You will be required to pay back one-half of the unearned portion, as calculated by the length of time you were enrolled.

Cornish will provide you with a written recalculation and a revised statement. Cornish will also supervise your payment and coordinate the return of funds to government agencies, if applicable. If you have overpaid, the surplus amount will be refunded to you. If you owe a balance after the recalculation, you will have 30 days to pay your bill. Students with an account balance of $0 are eligible to return to Cornish.


Fees published in this document are for the academic year 2019–2020. Cornish reserves the right to change fees, tuition, and policy.