Complete Your Federal Financial Aid in Five Steps

You need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine if you are eligible for financial aid in the U.S. Academy of Art University advisors are here to assist you with this, and we will provide you with guidance at every step in the process, including online access to the forms and decisions you’ll need to make.

Follow these five simple steps to get started

STEP 1: Apply for admission to Academy of Art University

To process your financial aid, first apply to Academy of Art University and provide your social security number on your admissions application.


STEP 2: File a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA online at and use Academy of Art University’s Federal School ID Number: 007531

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STEP 3: Get started on your financial aid plan

All students should meet with our Financial Aid Office to review their financial options. Contact the office today at 1-415-618-6190 to schedule your discussion.

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STEP 4: Accept or Decline Your Financial Aid Rewards (Receive Your Financial Aid Award Letter)

You will receive an award letter via Academy E-mail indicating the amount and types of aid you are eligible to receive based on a full time enrollment assumption. You must accept or decline these awards.

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STEP 5: Manage Your Financial Aid Award Disbursements

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Need Help? Contact the Financial Aid Office.

The staff of Academy's Financial Aid office can guide you through the financial aid application process.

Office Hours

2801 Leavenworth Street
Financial Aid, 3rd Floor – Room 301
San Francisco, CA 94133

Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

150 Hayes Street
Financial Aid, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-800-544-2787 x 6190 or 1-415-618-6190
Fax: 1-415-618-6273

New Students General Number: 1-415-618-6300
Current (Continuing) Students General Number: 1-415-618-6190

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The FAFSA is not automatically renewed. You will need to file a new FAFSA for each school year you want financial aid.

The deadline for California Resident Applicants (undergraduate only) is March 2.

The State deadline for new Cal Grant applicants to submit a FAFSA and GPA Verification to the California Student Aid Commission. Cal Grants are funded by the State of California.

Cal Grants are only for California residents – those who have or will be a California resident for at least one year by the application deadline – and not have a bachelor’s degree or greater degree. If you’re under 18 years of age, your residency is determined by your parents’ state of legal residency.


Once the Academy of Art University Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA, we will email you further instructions and forms. Some forms can be completed online via our Student Self Service system. Other forms will require you to submit via email, fax, mail, or in-person:


Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA  94105
Fax: 1-415-618-6273


If the U.S. Department of Education selects your file for verification, the information on your FAFSA must be verified with the documents you submitted to the Financial Aid Office. A Financial Aid Officer will review your file.

If the information on the documents you provided us is inconsistent with the information you reported on your FAFSA, you may receive a follow-up letter informing you of the steps you will need to take to continue the awarding process.

It may be necessary for us to make corrections and send them to the Federal Processor before the award can be confirmed. We will notify you of any corrections made. A corrected SAR will follow from the Federal Processor.


Awards may consist of a combination of Federal Grants and Federal Direct Loans. This Financial Aid package awarded to you at Academy of Art University is not transferable to another educational institution. You will receive email guidance.


Financial aid awards are disbursed after school starts and are applied against your tuition account.

If funds applied toward your tuition account exceed your tuition balance, a credit balance will be created and you will receive a refund for the amount of credit on your account.

Please allow 2 weeks for processing refunds. Refunds are available by direct deposit or mailed checks.