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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.

Financial Aid Events

We’re pleased to offer admitted students opportunities to better understand the financial aid process. 

Bridging the Gap

Wednesday, June 23, 7pm ET

You've received a financial aid award letter—what do you do next? Join us for Bridging the Gap, a special presentation just for admitted students and their families. We'll help you understand your financial aid award letter, what you need to do to accept your financial aid offer, and options for paying your tuition.

Register online today. The event will be hosted on Zoom; we'll send you a confirmation email with the URL.

Financial Aid Fridays

Fridays through August

Set-up a one-on-one time with our Financial Aid counselors to answer your questions or walk you through next steps before coming to CIA!

Fridays don't work for you? Just reach out to us at, and we'll set-up an appointment with you.


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:


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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.

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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.