The best way to understand if our program is right for you is with a personal interview, by phone or— better yet— in person with a tour of our facility. We’ll discuss your experience, interests and aspirations and figure out if what we offer is right for you. We don’t do a hard sell. This career path isn’t right for everyone, and an interview helps you determine if it’s right for you. Students who decide to enroll will be asked to complete a simple application form. Proof of High School diploma or GED is required for acceptance. Call 858.592.0556 to hear more about our program or to schedule a tour.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition, books and fees : $6,875 per quarter
Tuition Funding Options
The Recording Arts Center at Studio West offers several flexible plans for paying tuition. An Enrollment Deposit (30% of total tuition) is enough to secure a space in an upcoming program. If a student is able to cover the balance of the tuition over the course of the program, we simply add an administrative fee of $150 and split the balance into 3 equal payments. If a student needs longer to pay off the balance, The Recording Arts Center offers monthly payment plans for up to 60 months to qualified applicants through our partners at Tuition Options.
Because The Recording Arts Center is a private school and not a university, federal scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid such as FAFSA are not accepted. The Recording Arts Center has made a conscious choice not to seek accreditation because it allows us to keep our tuition costs down and keep our curriculum current and relevant in a rapidly changing industry.
Discounts and Incentives
Pre Pay Discounts
- If payment is made in full 30 business days prior to a start, students are entitled to a $1,000 discount.
- If payment is made in full 60 business days prior to a start, students are entitled to a $1,500 discount.
In the event that a student pre pays tuition, but leaves the program before graduating they are protected by our pro rata refund policy. See the course catalog for more details.
Early Enrollment Discounts
- If Enrollment is finalized 30 business days prior to a start, students will receive a $500 discount.
- If Enrollment is finalized 60 business days prior to a start, students will receive a $750 discount.
Discounts From Other Classes:
If a student takes short term classes offered through Studio West (such as the Intro to Audio Engineering Package) and then decides to enroll in the 12 month program, 90% of any tuition they have paid gets credited toward reducing the cost of the program.
About Tuition Options:
For over 37 years, Tuition Options has serviced institutional loans for students attending traditional four year colleges and universities, career training schools and K-12 tutorial schools throughout the United States. The company currently provides payment solutions to more than 500 schools and manages over 38,000 students.