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Differential Tuition

In Fall 2013, the Caine College of the Arts instituted differential tuition as a way to provide a more valuable college experience to CCA students and control increasing course fees. Students pay $38.19 per academic credit in the Caine College of the Arts, and funds generated from differential tuition have enabled CCA to fund visiting artists, classroom improvements, student travel, matching URCO funds, and many more projects that continue to improve students' personal and academic success. The Dean directs the use of these funds with recommendations and input from the Differential Tuition Advisory Committee, which is comprised of students, faculty, and staff that represent each of the departments in the college.

Students in the Caine College of the Arts may apply for travel funding through differential tuition at any time during the academic year. View Details >

Students may also apply for matching funding for URCO grants, based on deadlines from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. View Details >

The Caine College of the Arts also offers the opportunity for any member of the College, including faculty, staff or declared student major, to submit a proposal for differential tuition funding to enhance the experience of students in the college. Applicants are encouraged to read and closely follow the guidelines in preparing their proposals. The Differential Tuition Advisory Committee will review the proposals and make recommendations to the Dean for funding. Proposals are due the fall of each year for funding the next fiscal year (beginning the following July).

2021-2022 Deadline for Visiting Artist Proposals: October 26, 2020

2021-2022 Deadline for Differential Tuition Proposals:  November 2, 2020

(Those wishing to submit a proposal should check with department offices for possible earlier deadlines that allow for department head review)

Funding Criteria

Successful proposals will:

  • Align with the mission of the college and/or department
  • Enhance the student experience
  • Improve the visibility of the college or departments
  • Benefit students in multiple programs
  • Leverage funding from other sources
  • Be unlikely to be fully funded from state or student government resources

Proposals must include:

  • A completed cover sheet
  • A one-page summary of the proposed project that explains how it meets the funding criteria above
  • A one-page budget projection

All proposals must be signed by department heads before being delivered to the CCA Dean's Office for submission. Any questions can be directed to Associate Dean Richard Walker (

Differential Tuition RFP FY21 VASS and DT Decision Outcomes