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Undergraduate Tuition

Learn about undergraduate tuition and fees and the kinds of financial aid available to you, including PNCA scholarships.

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Graduate Tuition

Learn about graduate tuition and fees for each program in our Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies. And find out more about the kinds of financial aid available to you, including PNCA scholarships.

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Post-Bacc Tuition

Learn about tuition and fees for the Post-Baccalaureate Residency and the kinds of financial aid available for students in this unique program.

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Talk with a Financial Aid Counselor

Have questions? We are available to help with any and all questions. Our offices are open M-F, 9am-5pm PST. Please feel free to reach out to us, any time, and we will get back to you shortly.

step by step

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • 1

    Complete the FAFSA or the ORSAA

    Who files the FAFSA?
    United States citizens and eligible noncitizens.

    Who files the ORSAA?
    Oregon residents who have undocumented status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and/or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Not sure which to file? Take the quiz

  • 2

    Apply to PNCA's undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate programs:




  • 3

    Receive your PNCA Financial Aid Offer by e-mail. After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education. We receive a copy of your SAR as well. Once your SAR has been received we get your aid offer out to you within 2-3 weeks of your official admission date.

your tailored offer

Financial Aid Offers

Once you apply and submit your FAFSA or ORSAA, our office sends you a Financial Aid Offer tailored to your unique financial needs and merits. This might include:

  • grants
  • scholarships
  • work-study employment opportunities
  • loans

We are happy to help guide students and parents through understanding this package. Please feel free to contact us finaid@willamette.edu


important dates

Financial Aid Deadlines

FEB 1 — Priority deadline for PNCA Scholarships and campus-based aid. The student should have applied for admission to PNCA by this date and completed the FAFSA.

FEB 1FAFSA priority deadline

MID FEB — Students admitted by January 31 will begin receiving their PNCA financial aid offers

MAR 1ORSAA & OSAC Scholarship (Oregon residents) deadline

FEB-MAY — Submit required financial aid documents outlined on your financial aid offer.

APRIL 1FAFSA deadline for Oregon Opportunity Grant recipients

MAY 1 — Enrollment deposit due for new students

AUG 1 — Deadline to have all funding in place and documents turned in for Fall semester.

AUG 23 — Fall 21 tuition payment deadline

AUG 30 — Fall 2021 classes begin

SEPT 10 — End of Add/Drop period

OCT 1 — 2022-2023 FAFSA available

NOV 1 — OSAC Scholarship Application (Oregon Residents) Opens for 2022-2023

NOV 1 — ORSAA Application (Oregon Residents) Opens for 2022-2023

Missed a deadline? Get in touch.

Continued aid requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who receive federal, state or institutional aid must make continued progress toward completing their degree in order to remain aid-eligible. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed after each semester using the following minimum requirements in these three areas:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average: Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements (both semester and cumulative):
    • Undergraduate Students: 2.0
    • Graduate Student: 3.0
  2. Completion Rate: Students must successfully complete at least a minimum percentage of all credit hours attempted.This percentage includes all PNCA credit hours (including repeated coursework) and transfer credit hours, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Grades of F, W and I are not considered to be adequate grades for completion.
    • Undergraduate Students: 67%
    • Graduate Student: 67%
  3. Maximum Credit Hours: Students are expected to complete their degree pursuits within a maximum timeframe (including transfer credits and PNCA attempted hours). Students may not receive financial assistance beyond the following:
    • Undergraduate Students: 180 semester credit hours
    • Graduate Students: 90 semester credit hours

Students who meet SAP minimum requirements remain in good standing with financial aid. Students who fail to meet SAP minimum requirements are placed on financial aid warning and are given one additional semester of funding, during which they must make up for their deficiencies. Each student placed on SAP warning will be notified via e-mail of their warning status,and of the steps necessary to ensure continued eligibility for financial aid.

If a student does not make up their SAP deficiency within one semester of being placed on financial aid warning, he or she will be disqualified from receiving further financial aid through PNCA. Students who have mitigating circumstances may petition the director of Financial Aid for a review of their particular situation. If an SAP petition is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one additional semester and/or until the terms of the probation are met by the student. Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes is distinct and separate from a student’s academic standing with the College.

withdrawing from pnca

Official Withdrawal and Financial Aid

When a student withdraws from the college before the official withdrawal date, they are subject to a tuition and institutional scholarships refunded based on the schedule below. The term “refund” in this instance refers to unearned charges or credits being reversed from a student account.

Refunds are calculated on the following schedule for students who have officially withdrawn from PNCA:

Official withdrawal before the first week of classes:100% of tuition refunded
Official withdrawal during: first week of classes 100% of tuition refunded
Second week of classes100% of tuition refunded
Third week of classes
70% of tuition refunded
Fourth week of classes
60% of tuition refunded
Fifth week of classes 50% of tuition refunded
Sixth week of classes 40% of tuition refunded
Seventh week of classes 30% of tuition refunded
Eighth week of classes 20% of tuition refunded

In addition, PNCA may be required to return all or part of your federal financial aid as part of a Return to Title IV calculation. A review of your federal aid will be performed within 30 days of your withdrawal to determine any adjustments required by law. You will be notified of these changes in writing.

Unearned “F” grades (awarded if you cease attendance in one or all of your classes but do not officially withdraw) are treated as “W” grades for purposes of federal financial aid review and adjustment. For more detailed information regarding the Federal Return To Title IV (federal aid) calculation, please contact PNCA’s Financial Aid Office.

Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for your appropriate program of study for the official PNCA tuition refund policy.

Please check in with the Registration Office to initiate an official withdrawal from the college. Don't forget to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about how a withdrawal from the college may affect your scholarships, grants, and loans.

Registration Office

our promise

Code of Conduct

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Code of Conduct

The staff of the Financial Aid Office at Pacific Northwest College of Art is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. We follow the code of conduct set forth by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Oregon College Loan Code of Conduct. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions.

1. No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.

  1. Employees within the financial aid office will not award aid to themselves or their immediate family members. Staff will reserve this task to an institutionally designated person, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
  2. If a preferred lender list is provided, it will be compiled without prejudice and for the sole benefit of the students attending the institution. The information included about lenders and loan terms will be transparent, complete, and accurate. The complete process through which preferred lenders are selected will be fully and publicly disclosed. Borrowers will not be auto-assigned to any particular lender.
  3. A borrower's choice of a lender will not be denied, impeded, or unnecessarily delayed by the institution, even if that lender is not included on the institution's preferred lender list.
  4. No amount of cash, gift, or benefit in excess of a de minimis amount shall be accepted by a financial aid staff member from any financial aid applicant (or his/her family), or from any entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the institution (including service on advisory committees or boards beyond reimbursement for reasonable expenses directly associated with such service).

2. Information provided by the financial aid office is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

3. Institutional award notifications and/or other institutionally provided materials shall include the following:

  1. A breakdown of individual components of the institution's Cost of Attendance, designating all potential billable charges.
  2. Clear identification of each award, indicating type of aid, i.e. gift aid (grant, scholarship), work, or loan.
  3. Standard terminology and definitions, using NASFAA's glossary of award letter terms.
  4. Renewal requirements for each award.

4. All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional web site(s) and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled as "Consumer Information."

5. Financial aid professionals will disclose to their institution any involvement, interest in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the institution has a business relationship.

I. Definitions

  • “College” shall mean any postsecondary education institution in Oregon.
  • “College employees” shall mean any College officer, administrator, or employee.
  • “Education loan lending institution” shall mean any entity other than a college or university which is in the business of making loans to students, parents or others for the purpose of financing higher education expenses.

II. Code of Conduct

  • REVENUE SHARING PROHIBITION — A College and its employees are prohibited from receiving anything of value from any education loan lending institution in exchange for promoting the education loan products of that lending institution. This provision does not prohibit College employees from receiving compensation for conducting non-College business with any education loan lending institution or from accepting compensation that is offered to the general public. This provision also does not prohibit a College from accepting charitable contributions from an education loan lending institution, so long as the College gives no competitive advantage or preferential treatment to the education loan lending institution related to its education loan activity in exchange for such support.
  • GIFT AND TRIP PROHIBITION — College employees are prohibited from receiving anything of more than nominal value ($50) from any education loan lending institution during any 12-month period. This prohibition includes trips for college employees paid for by education loan lenders; except that this provision shall not be construed to prohibit any College employee from receiving compensation for the conduct of non-College business with any education loan lending institution, or from accepting compensation that is offered to the general public.
  • ADVISORY BOARD COMPENSATION RULES — College employees are prohibited from serving on the advisory board of any education loan lending institution. Education loan lending institutions may obtain advice and opinions of financial aid officials on financial aid products and services through Trade Associations, industry surveys or other mechanisms that do not require service on education loan lending institution advisory boards, provided such person receives no compensation for such service. This provision shall not apply to participation on advisory boards that are unrelated in any way to financial aid or higher education loans.
  • PREFERRED LENDER GUIDELINES — College “preferred lender lists’ must be based on the characteristics of the education loan products – including interest rates, borrower benefits, and services to borrowers – offered by the listed education loan lending institutions rather than on the financial interests of the college. If a college also makes education loans, the education loan(s) it provides must have characteristics that are comparable to or better than those of the other education loan lending institutions listed.
  • PREFERRED LENDER DISCLOSURE — All preferred lender lists must clearly and fully disclose the criteria and process used to select preferred lenders. Every brochure, web page or other document that sets forth a preferred lender list shall state in the same font and same manner as the predominant text on the document that students and their parents have the right and ability to select the lender of their choice and are not required to use any lenders on the preferred lender list.
  • USE OF MASCOT, LOGO, EMBLEM, OR NAME BY LENDERS — No college shall authorize or permit an education loan lending institution to use the name, emblem, mascot, or logo of the college; or words, pictures, marks, or symbols readily identified with the college; in the marketing of education loans in any way that implies that the college endorses those loans.
  • LOAN RESALE DISCLOSURE — To be eligible to appear on a preferred lender list, a lender must disclose any agreement(s) to sell its loans to another entity. In addition, no lender may bargain to be a preferred lender with respect to a certain type of loan by providing benefits to a college as to another type of loan.
  • LENDER IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENT — The college will not permit employees of education loan lending institutions on campus to identify themselves as employees of the college, and no employee of an education loan lender may work in or provide staffing assistance to a college financial aid office; except that employees of colleges that also make education loans may perform their normal functions as long as those functions comply with relevant laws and regulations, and with the other items of this Code of Conduct.

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Please feel free to contact our Financial Aid office at any time by phone, fax, email, or in person if you have any questions or need assistance.

Office of Financial Aid
fax: 971.242.3865

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