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Accepted Student Checklist

You have been accepted to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Congratulations! What are your next steps?

First, we recommend that you contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with any questions you may have. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We are located in the beautiful new George Gund Building located at 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Students working on a lighting project in a photography class.

Next Steps

Submit your non-refundable $300 tuition deposit. Your tuition deposit does two important things:

  • Reserves your space in our rapidly filling entering class for this fall.
  • When combined with your housing deposit of $200, secures a place for you in CIA's Uptown Residence Hall. (Please note: Housing cannot be guaranteed to students who deposit after May 1.)

When you submit your tuition deposit, you will not only finally put the college decision process behind you, but you will also begin to receive important information about orientation, housing, and registering for classes.  

Submit Housing Deposit and Application

Submit your $200 housing deposit and application online. Please note: Housing cannot be guaranteed to students who deposit after May 1.

Complete Financial Aid Paperwork

Contact the Office of Financial Aid to make sure they have all relevant paperwork and documentation from you and your family. This is particularly important if you haven't yet received a Financial Aid award letter (this is a document sent separately from the scholarship letter that accompanies an acceptance letter). If you have received the Financial Aid award letter and plan to enroll at CIA, make sure to sign and return the form to the Office of Financial Aid or accept aid offered to you electronically by using the on-line NetPartner system.

Complete Cost Estimator Form

Curious about the cost of attending CIA? Complete the Cost Estimator form. This Excel spreadsheet will help you estimate the cost attend CIA for the 2019-20 academic year. Bills for deposited students will be mailed shortly after the first week of July. After this time, students can view their bills through myCIA. Students will be able to schedule classes after making their first billing payment.

Visit CIA

If you have not visited CIA, we encourage you to do so. Seeing our campus and facilities will make a great difference and will be hugely influential in your college decision.

Participate in StART

Once you deposit, you will receive information about StART, CIA's mandatory online summer program for all incoming first-year and transfer students. Using CIA's online student portal system, myCIA, students will have an opportunity to view videos, download resources, and submit vital paperwork to the school. Best part: students can do this at their leisure and from the comfort of their own homes!

Purchase CIA Merchandise

Interested in purchasing CIA merchandise? We have shirts and more available in the Office of Admissions (216.421.7418 or 800.223.4700) and at the Barnes & Noble bookstore located just a block away from us.

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