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Accepted Student Checklist

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

We're here to answer your questions to help you pursue your dream of a career in art and design. Don't hesitate to 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. 

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Next Steps

Prepare for our Accepted Student events

Click here to register for our Winter Open House on January 28, 2023.

Click here to register for our Accepted Student Preview Day on April 15, 2023. We'll have more details for you soon!

CIA Visit Award
As an admitted student, you are eligible to receive a CIA Visit Award. Any admitted student who visits our campus between January 1 and May 1, and enrolls at CIA for the following fall semester, will receive a CIA Visit Award worth $4,000 ($1,000 per year).

Want to visit but are concerned about the cost of travel? Click here to learn about funding opportunities to get you to campus.

We will also host a number of virtual events where you can meet faculty and staff from our Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, and Academic Services offices. Watch this space for more details!

Submit your enrollment deposit

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

  • Reserves your space in our entering class for this fall.
  • When combined with your non-refundable housing deposit of $200 (below), secures a place for you in CIA's residence hall. 

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

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

Have you completed the FAFSA?

If not, do so as soon as possible, as it allows our Financial Aid team to create a personalized financial aid package for you, including merit- and need-based aid.

We're glad to help: you can schedule a one-on-one appointment with our Financial Aid counselors, who will be glad to walk through the FAFSA, page-by-page with you.

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 accept your financial aid award electronically by using the online NetPartner system.

Purchase CIA Merchandise

Show off your CIA spirit! Wearing CIA gear is a great way to let people know you've committed to a career in the arts -- and much of it is designed by your peers. Merchandise is available in the Office of Admissions (216.421.7418) and through our online store.

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Participate in StART

Once you deposit, you will receive information about StART, CIA's online summer program for all incoming first-year and transfer students. Using CIA's online student portal, myCIA, students will have the opportunity to view videos, download resources, and submit important paperwork The best part: you can do this at your leisure, from the comfort of your home!

StART will go live online June 1.

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For more information:

216.421.7418 | Contact

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Financial Aid
216.421.7425 | Contact

Explore CIA!

Take a virtual tour of campus, check out our majors, and learn about career paths of our alumni on our Videos page.

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