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CRRSAA Emergency Student Grants

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides COVID-19 relief funding for institutions and students. The CRRSAA includes emergency aid for distribution directly to students as well as funds to offset institutional costs incurred as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

CRRSAA allocated $1,162,031 to the Cleveland Institute of Art, of which at least $400,894 was required to be awarded directly to students as emergency financial aid grants. Recognizing the financial burden that the pandemic has placed upon students and their families, CIA has distributed an additional $105,006 above what is federally mandated, for a total of $505,900.

Students may use the emergency financial aid grant toward any component of their cost of attendance, such as tuition and fees, as well as emergency costs arising from COVID-19, including but not limited to food, housing, health care and child care.

The CRRSAA limits student eligibility to those students who are U.S. citizens.

No application was required to receive a federal CRRSAA grant. All 552 students who met the eligibility criteria outlined above will receive a grant. CIA considered all students who are U.S. citizens to be eligible. The grants range from $300 to $2,000. Those students with the greatest Federal Pell Grant eligibility were awarded the largest grants. These are grant funds and do not have to be repaid.

The grants were disbursed directly to students via their student accounts beginning March 31, 2021. The grants were not applied to or used to offset any charges, tuition, fees or other balances on students’ accounts. For students enrolled in direct deposit, the funds were accessible approximately three days from the date of disbursement. For those not enrolled in direct deposit, a paper check was issued and mailed to the permanent address on record. This communication was sent to students who received these direct payments.

Students should contact the Financial Aid office at if they have any questions regarding their eligibility for a grant.


View CIA's Federal CARES Act Grants page here