Your education is an investment in your future as an artist or designer, and when you enroll at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you’re choosing the very best.
Whether you have questions about completing the FAFSA or want to review your Financial Aid award letter, don't hesitate to email or call with questions.
The FAFSA isn't difficult to complete, but it can feel overwhelming. These videos will help you through Steps 1 and 2, below:
You (or both you and your parents, if you file as a dependent student) will need to have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) in order to complete the FAFSA.
Use the myStudentAid app (see details, right) or visit fsaid.gov to create (or retrieve) your FSA ID. An FSA ID can only be associated with one email address, so students and parents can not share an email address.
You'll use the FSA ID to complete the FAFSA each year while you're a student. It is also used for other federal financial aid-related websites.
To create your FSA ID, you'll need:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the myStudentAid app or by visiting fafsa.gov. You'll need your FSA ID and password (Step 1, above) in order to complete the FAFSA. CIA's FAFSA code is 003982.
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible
Completing the FAFSA early allows us to base your financial aid package on the most financial assistance possible from federal, state, and school-funded sources. We cannot create a financial aid award package for you without a completed FAFSA on file.
IRS Retrieval Tool
We recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when prompted to complete the FAFSA. This online tool is the easiest and most accurate way to import your previous-year tax return information into your FAFSA.
If you completed the FAFSA last year, you should be able to complete the Renewal FAFSA, which will pre-populate this year's FAFSA with your data from last year.
One of our financial aid counselors will review your FAFSA to determine eligibilty for federal, state, and CIA-funded sources of financial aid. A Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you which will show the sources and amounts of aid that you are eligible to receive. The award letter will also let you know if there are any documents that we need you to complete.
Once you've reviewed your Financial Aid Award Letter, you should review and accept the award online at Net Partner, CIA's online tool for managing financial aid.
To access Net Partner for the first time:
If you accept Federal Direct Student Loans as part of your financial aid package, you'll need to complete entrance counseling and the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at studenloans.gov. These should be completed by August 1 to ensure that your loan funds will be disbursed in a timely manner.
A Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a cost-effective solution for parents to keep their student's debt as manageable as possible. Parents of dependent children may apply for these low-interest loans.
To initiate a PLUS application, complete the CIA PLUS Application and submit to CIA's Office of Financial Aid. Data from the application will be submitted electronically to the US Department of Education, where a credit check and other eligibility will be evaluated.
Freshman and transfer students
New applicants for admission to CIA should submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline shown in the chart below.
The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for currently enrolled students is March 15 each academic year. March 1 is the deadline to submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for academic department scholarships that have financial need criteria. All currently enrolled students are encouraged to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.
|Early Action 1||December 1||May 1|
|Early Action 2||January 15||May 1|
|Regular Decision||March 1||May 1|
|Spring Transfer||November 15||December 1|
|Fall Transfer||June 1||August 1|
I’ve received a financial aid award letter—what do I do next? Join us for an information session to help you navigate the financial aid process.
You can use myStudentAid to manage your FSA ID and password, as well as access the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Associate Director of Financial Aid
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Financial Aid Counselor
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Director, Financial Aid
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