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 approach 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.
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:
Discover Actual Cost
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.
Applying for financial aid is a straightforward process. Apply for admission and complete your FAFSA application—no special paperwork is needed.
Once we have received your FAFSA, we'll prepare a Financial Aid Award Letter to send to you. This award letter will include, pending eligibilty, federal, state, and CIA-funded sources of financial aid.
Priority deadlines for applicants for admission are provided in the chart below.
|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|
Financial aid while studying abroad
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.
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.
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.