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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 and 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. 

Students working on a lighting project in a photography class.

Accepted Student Events

We’re excited to offer admitted students over a month of opportunities to let you explore CIA virtually from the comfort and safety of home.

Choose the presentations you're interested in below. We hope you'll attend them all!

Virtual Q+A: Design - Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00pm EDT

Financial Aid: Paying for College - Thursday, April 15 at 7:00pm EDT

CIA Students Speak - Monday, April 19 at 7:00pm EDT

CIA Academic Opportunities and Support Services - Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00pm EDT
CIA Careers + Alumni - Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm EDT
CIA Innovation + Technology - Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm EDT
Conversation with the President: Meet Grafton Nunes - Friday, April 23 at 7:00pm EDT

Next Steps

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

  • Reserves your space in our rapidly filling entering class for this fall.
  • When combined with your non-refundable 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

Submit your $200 non-refundable housing deposit 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.

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!

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 HERE.

Connect with Us

Meet your fall classmates on our Facebook Incoming Class of 2021 goup. And see what's going on at CIA through our social media accounts:


Students working on a lighting project in a photography class.

For more information:

216.421.7418 | Contact

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Financial Aid
800.223.4700 | 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.

CIA students explore possibilities of video art, a once-revolutionary art form that’s now part of the curriculum

Steven Litt, art critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reviews the Reinberger Gallery exhibition Entropical Paradise. more

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 2020-21 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.