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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.




Students have the right to know the programs available at Otis; the procedures and forms for applying for student assistance; how eligibility is determined; the criteria for selecting recipients from a group of eligible applicants; the criteria for determining the types and amounts of financial assistance; access to relevant records in their student file; the terms and conditions governing the receipt of funds from any College scholarship, grant, student work, and loan programs; and policies that govern processes regarding financial aid offers and appeals regarding refusal of award offers.

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If you drop from full-time (12 unit) status within the first three weeks of the term, you must notify the Financial Aid Office. If your address changes, you must inform the Office of Registration and Records.

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Students who drop from full-time to part-time status within the first three weeks of the term will have their financial aid is adjusted as follows:



Federal PELL Grant

determined by the Federal Payment Schedule

Federal SEOG


California State Grant

calculated based on half or three quarter-time enrollment

Otis Scholarships/Grants


Federal Stafford Loan

reviewed for eligibility based on at least half-time enrollment

Federal PLUS Loan

reviewed for eligibility based on at least half-time enrollment

Federal Perkins Loan

calculated based on half-time enrollment


Students who enroll in less than six units will have all aid cancelled except for the Federal Pell Grant, SEOG, Cal Grant, and ACG which will be reduced. Students who withdraw will be charged an administrative fee amounting to 5% of the total institutional costs, or $100.00, whichever is less.

The academic year falls on a two semester program. Fall and Spring students are the majority of students. Spring and Summer students are the minority. Both sets of students are enrolled in foundation classes and eligible for Financial Aid.  MFA Graphic Design students are enrolled during Summer and Spring.

The BFA students are considered:
        Full time       12 units and above
        ¾ time           9 – 11 units
        ½ time           6-8 units
        Less ½ time   Below 6 units

The MFA students are considered:
        Full time       9 units and above
        ¾ time          6 – 8 units
        ½ time           4-5 units
        Less ½ time   Below 4 units

Students are enrolled per credit unit and the Office of Registration and Records is responsible for keeping the Banner system accurate with what the student registered.  Students are required to register for full time status at all time to maintain graduation dates.  Students who fail, withdraw, or register for less than fulltime must complete the program in 150% of the original length of the program.

The Financial Aid Office will make the revised awards after the drop period for students who enroll below full time status.

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Maintaining SAP means fulfilling certain minimum standards in regard to academic progress and performance.  These minimum standards are demonstrated in three areas: Grade Point Average (GPA), completion of academic year credits, and completion of the student's degree objective (maximum credits) on pace to graduate.

Qualitative component: GPA Requirement

Undergraduate students are required to have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative Otis GPA at the end of each semester to qualify for financial aid.

Graduate students are required to have and maintain a Pass or Low Pass on all their classes at the end of each semester to qualify for financial aid.

Quantitative component: Pace Requirement

Undergraduate students must complete their degree within 195 credits (130 credits x 150%). 

Graduate students must complete their degree within 90 credits (60 credits x150%).

The minimum cumulative completion rate for Otis is 67% (U:130/195 & G:60/90)

A student’s completed credits are divided by the attempted credits to establish if the student is on pace to graduate within 150% of their program length.  Anything below 67% does not meet SAP standards.  Transfer credit will be added to both earned and attempted credits.

Additional Otis Grant requirement:

Undergraduate students are required to complete 12 credits to maintain SAP.

Graduate students are required to complete 9 credits to maintain SAP.

If a student receives a failing grade, an incomplete, or audits or withdraws from a class, these credits cannot be counted toward credit requirements.

SAP process: Progress is monitored on a per semester basis.  The 1st time a student does not meet all of the SAP component he/she will be given a warning.  A consecutive semester of not meeting all of the SAP component will result in a suspension of financial aid funds until the student has met the requirement for reinstatement by fulfilling the standards or appealing. Students who are academically dismissed will be suspended from receiving any type of aid.  They regain eligibility once readmitted by the Academic Standing Committee and a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form is approved by the Financial Aid Office. 

Appeal: Students who are determined ineligible for financial aid due to lack of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) may appeal this decision. Students must complete and submit a SAP Appeal Form to the Financial Aid Office before financial aid can be awarded.  Students will be notified of the decision by Otis student email.

Important Notes

  • Any and all Otis grants and scholarships are not earned until after the completion of the tuition adjustment period as published in the student handbook.
  • Students who drop below full-time status or withdraw before the completion of the tuition adjustment period as published in the student handbook forfeit all Otis grants and scholarships.

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Students who completely withdraw during the term or take a leave of absence at Otis will lose all or part of their financial aid depending on how many days they attended Otis. The amount of financial aid earned is determined on a pro-rated basis. Refunds are disbursed in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Loan (unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct Loan (subsidized)
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal FSEOG
  • Cal Grant and other state grants
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • The Student


Example of Return of Financial Aid Policy:

Mary receives the following financial aid package:

  • $1000 FSEOG
  • $1000 Pell Grant
  • $1000 PLUS Loan
  • $1000 Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan
  • $3000 Otis Institutional Grant
  • $7000 Total


Mary attends 45 days of the 111-day fall term, and then withdraws. 45 days attended/111 days in the semester = 40% earned aid. Total federal financial aid earned: 40% of $4000 = $1600

She retains:

  • $3000 Otis Institutional Grant
  • $1000 FSEOG
  • $600  Pell Grant


Otis returns federal aid in the following order:

  • $1000 Subsidized or Unsubsidized Direct Loan
  • $1000 PLUS Loan
  • $400 Pell Grant
  • $0 FSEOG

Financial Consequences of Withdrawal

In the above example, Mary is withdrawing at a time in which she will receive no reduction of tuition charges. Her financial liability is Tuition fees and charges: $11,710 - Financial Aid: $4,600 = Balance Due: $7,110



The official date of withdrawal used in calculating refunds will be the student's last date of attendance as determined by the Registrar.  Students dismissed from Otis for disciplinary reasons forfeit the right to claim refunds of tuition, deposits, and fees.

Students who withdraw from Otis College will be refunded tuition and fees according to the following schedule; in addition, students will be charged a $100 withdrawal fee:

90% refund By the end of 1st week of classes
75% refund By the end of 2nd week of classes
50% refund By the end of 3rd week of classes
25% refund By the end of 4th week of classes
0% refund After the 4th week of classes

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Student Accounts Refund Policy In some instances, student accounts will show a credit balance (funds due back to the student or, in some cases, the parents) upon posting of all payments for the current term. In such cases, the following procedure applies:

The processing of the refund or E-Disbursement by Student Accounts begins when the student's account is at a credit balance.  An E-Disbursement is processed after the add deadline.

Processing by Student Accounts is within (10) ten days after all of the following:

  • The add deadline has passed.
  • The account has a credit balance.
  • Verification that the funds received have been deposited to the College's bank account.


Financial Aid Refund Policy

In order for Financial Aid to be disbursed (credited) to the student's account, the Financial Aid file must be complete, including all paperwork requested (tax forms, loan applications, verification forms, etc.).
Regarding loans, the lending institution will inform the student, in writing, of the status of his/her loan. In most cases, the student is notified before funds are received by Otis. When the Otis Business Office receives electronically transmitted funds, the funds are processed and posted to the student's account within (3) three business days of receipt. In the case of paper checks, the student will be contacted to come to Student Accounts to endorse the check. After endorsement, the funds will be processed within (3) business days.

Once the Financial Aid process is completed and enrollment status has been verified, Financial Aid will be credited (disbursed) to the student's account. Note: an account is credited only when actual funds have been received and processed; the College does not advance monies or credit students' accounts for anticipated or estimated aid. A credit balance results when the amount of actual aid/payments posted to a student's account exceeds the total of tuition and fees charged for the semester. Funds are posted to the student's account in the order received. If a credit balance occurs due to the posting of a PLUS loan, the refunded amount will go to the student's parents.

Business Office/ Cashier Refund Policy

A refund check will be processed within (5) five days of receipt of the Refund Disbursement Form in the Business Office. All checks, with the exception of PLUS loan Refunds for the student's parents, will be mailed directly to the student at the official address on file with the Office of Registration and Records. The College's refund policy complies with the Higher Education Amendment's Act. The preceding information reflects regulations in effect at the time of this printing. Please contact the Financial Aid Office regarding any changes.

Special Provision for Books and Supplies

If a Pell Grant eligible student meets all the requirements for Title IV at least 10 days before the start of the semester, any Title IV funds in excess of the amount owed to the school will be make available to the student by the 7th day of classes.  The student is under no obligation to take advantage of this provision.

The Financial Aid Office will disburse funds for eligible students 10 days before the beginning of semester.  The Business Office typically issues refunds by the 5th day by either the direct deposit or mailed check.  The student can also specifically request the refund to ensure disbursement through the Financial Aid Office.

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  • Processes loan applications through any lender a student or parent chooses.
  • Does not solicit or accept anything of value from any lender in exchange for any advantage sought by the lender or to make educational loans to students.
  • Prohibits employees of the financial aid office from taking from any lender any gift worth more than nominal value.
  • Prohibits employees of the financial aid office from entering into any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide to a lender services relating to educational loans.
  • Prohibits employees of the financial aid office, who serve on an advisory board (or commission or group) relating to educational loans established by a lender or group of lenders from receiving anything of value from the lender or group of lenders in connection with serving on such advisory board (or commission or group).
  • Prohibits external lenders' employees, representatives, or agents from providing staffing services to the financial aid office.
  • Prohibits external lenders' employees, representatives, or agents from identifying themselves to students of the College or their parents as employees, representatives or agents of the financial aid office.
  • Does not assign for any borrower, through award packaging or other methods, a loan to a particular lender, and does not refuse to certify or delay certification of any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.

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Students on the mobility program are eligible for financial aid with the same requirements and eligibility as being on campus. Students do have the added responsibility to ensure that their file is complete before studying at another university or college.

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Otis follows and complies with the federal government requirement for federal aid.  The Student Eligibility guidelines are used to determine federal aid awards.

Special Provision for Books and Supplies for Pell Eligible Students

Students who receive a Pell grant and borrows the Parent PLUS loan over the direct cost are eligible for an advance on the books and supply allowance on the cost of attendance after the seventh day of disbursements.  Students are typically issued a refund at this time however if circumstances arise that a student cannot have funds disbursed on time then the student needs to contact the financial aid office.


Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

As indicated in the HEA Section 48499(r), 34 CFR 668.40, a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid funds.  Convictions only count if they were for an offence that occured during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid.  The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.  (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program.  If a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record so that fewer that two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record.  It is the student's responsibility to certify that he/she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program.  The chart below indicates the period of ineligibility:


Possession of illegal drugs

Sale of Illegal Drugs

1st Offense

1 year from date of conviction

2 years from date of conviction

2nd Offense

2 years from date of conviction

Indefinite Period

3rd+ Offence

Indefinite Period

Indefinite Period

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