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Grants do not require repayment and are based on financial need. Grants differ from scholarships, which usually require students to meet specific criteria such as academic performance or particiation in specific majors.

Applying for grants

Once you complete and submit your FAFSA, you are automatically considered for grant funds. No additional application procedures are necessary for grant consideration. Listed below are just a sampling of grants. Your home state may also offer grants.

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grants are based on financial need, cost of attendance, and your status as a full-time or part-time student. The maximum Federal Pell Grant for the 2019-20 academic year is $6,195.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This grant program offers limited funding ($500) to Pell Grant-eligible students who demonstrate exceptional financial need (zero EFC, or Expected Family Contribution) based on FAFSA data. If there are any remaining funds after awarding all students with a zero EFC, SEOG funds will be awarded to students will the lowest EFC.

Ohio College Opportunity Grants (OCOG)

This grant is based on Ohio residency, college start date, enrollment status, and information submitted on the FAFSA, resulting in an EFC of $2,190 or less and a maximum family income of $96,000 or less.The current amount of OCOG for full-time students at CIA in 2019-20 is $3,500. Projected 2020-21 grants are $4,000.

CIA Institutional Grants

Cleveland Institute of Art awards need-based grants to students with exceptional talent and academics. 

Office of Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

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216.421.7425 or


11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

For more information:

Delores Hall
Associate Director of Financial Aid
216.421.7423 | Contact

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Caprice Odom
Financial Aid Counselor
216.421.8024 | Contact

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Michael Tocydlowski
Director of Financial Aid
216.421.7424 | Contact