Admissions . Financing Your Education
We understand that paying for college is not easy. At the Cleveland Institute of Art, we pride ourselves in offering a personal touch to finance your education. We are ready to clarify any requirements in the application process, answer questions, and discuss any concerns regarding your ability to afford CIA, or consider special financial situations.
The Office of Financial Aid strives to balance responsible stewardship of all financial aid funding with the culture of student-centric values. We strive to be a leader in financial aid services when measured against peer institutions by using technology to streamline financial aid processes and focusing on student centric service. We constantly evaluate the best ways to meet challenges resulting from changes in federal, state, institutional and private funding policies and procedures as well as economic changes. Our goal is to operate efficiently so that institutional resources are used wisely and students may pursue their academic goals without distraction.
The core values of the Office of Financial Aid are:
Clear and Effective Communication
Our Office of Financial Aid staff is committed to helping you find ways to close the gap between the cost of attending the Institute and your ability to fund this education. We will work with you to craft a personalized financial aid package that combines any available Institute-sponsored aid, federal aid, scholarships, loans, and work study programs.
As you begin to make important choices, keep in mind these numbers:
CIA is a private college and, unlike most public colleges, can reduce the cost of tuition based on a student's portfolio, academic and financial profile. See the information included in the Investing in Your Future: Understanding Your Financial Aid Award brochure.
To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:
Many types of federal student aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or subsidized loans where the government pays the interest while you are in college, also require you to have financial need. Additionally, once you have a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree, you are generally not eligible for Pell or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).
Other requirements may apply. Contact our Office of Financial Aid for more information.
If you (and one of your parents if you are a dependent student) have not yet obtained a Federal Student Aid ID visit https://fsaid.ed.gov to learn about and create a FSA ID.
To obtain a Federal Student Aid ID, you will need:
Do not share your FSA ID with anyone. A single email address only may be associated with an FSA ID. Parents and students cannot share an email address.
Priority deadlines for applicants for admission are provided in the chart below. The financial aid priority deadline for currently enrolled students to submit the FAFSA is March 152.
|Application Priority Deadline1,2||FAFSA Priority Deadline3||Notification On or About||Priority Deposit Deadline4|
|Early Action 1||December 1||December 15||January 15||May 1|
|Early Action 2||January 15||February 1||February 15||May 1|
|Regular Decision||March 1||March 15||April 1||May 1|
|Spring Transfer||November 15||November 15||Rolling||December 1|
|Fall Transfer||June 1||June 1||Rolling||August 1|
1 CIA’s application fee is waived for candidates who apply before the deadline.
2 Candidates who apply after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.
3 Students who wish full consideration for CIA merit and need-based aid should submit their FAFSA by the priority deadline listed. Students will be awarded Federal Work Study based on a funds-available basis with preference given to students who meet the priority deadline.
4 Enrollment deposits received after the Priority Deposit Deadline will only be accepted on a space-available basis.
If you plan on studying abroad while remaining a degree-seeking student at CIA, it may be possible to receive financial aid through CIA. Most students will not be able to retain the same aid package when studying elsewhere (including CIA Merit scholarships), but certain types of aid and loans may be available.
To be eligible for financial aid while not enrolled for classes at CIA, the foreign institution that you will be attending must have a U.S. Department of Education Title IV School Code, and you must meet specific enrollment, passport/visa, and financial requirements. This process takes planning and additional paperwork has to be processed, so please contact the Office of Financial Aid for details as soon as possible.
We promise to assist you in achieving your educational goals by providing guidance and support in paying for your education. Through teamwork, we will promote professional and technical enhancements in an effort to be timely and accurate in the administration of financial aid. Each financial aid employee is held to the highest ethical principles as defined by our code of conduct.
Read about applying for financial aid, our application checklist and deadlines, loans or payment plan options. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact our Office of Financial Aid. We look forward to helping you in whatever way we can to make this often confusing process as easy and simple as possible.
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8:30am – 4:30pm
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Click here to access important financial aid forms, publications, and links for more information.