The cost to attend SCI-Arc includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, and living expenses. No matter what your family’s financial circumstances are, options exist to help you finance your education.

The amount of your living expenses will vary depending upon whether you live at home (commuter) or in an off-campus apartment or house. You can use the College Board Net Price Calculator to determine your eligibility for financial aid and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses.

For all undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students, full-time enrollment requires a minimum course load of one studio course and three seminar classes (15 units) and covers a maximum of one studio and four seminars (18 units). The maximum load of credits a student may take in one semester is 21, and additional tuition will be charged for any units beyond 18. Students attend an average of two terms per year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

2018/19 Tuition & Fees for New Students (Per Semester)



Administrative Fee


Student Union Fee


Lab Fee




Student Health Insurance Plan
$2,340 (annual)

SCI-Arc requires that all full-time and part-time degree-seeking students who are enrolled in academic units have health insurance coverage. The additional $2,340.00 annual SCI-Arc Student Health Insurance fee is required.

Health insurance coverage and associated fee can be waived upon proof of comparable health insurance.

For questions regarding Student Health Insurance, please contact:
Lisa Russo, Registrar/International Advisor

Additional Expenses

Course Supplies & Books


Room & Board


Loan Fees








Overall Total

Total Tuition, Fees & Estimated Expenses (per semester)


The additional expenses are estimates calculated for an unmarried student for a one semester (four month) period. These figures should be used only as a guideline. Travel to and from California is not included.

2018 Summer Programs Tuition



Design Immersion Days


English as a Second Language (ESL)


Introduction to Digital Design (IDD)