Once you have determined what you still owe after scholarships, awards, and federal or state grants, you can create a plan using a combination of the options below.
A payment plan is an interest-free option that makes paying your remaining expenses manageable by dividing them into monthly payments. You can use a payment plan on its own, or combine it with financial aid, scholarships, and loans.
You will receive payment plan enrollment information when you receive your fall billing statement over the summer. Billing statements are posted on myCIA.
If you have questions or need additional assistance with setting up the payment plan, you may contact our Office of Student Accounts at 216.421.7318 or by email.
If you are making a cash payment, the remaining balance is due in early August for the fall semester and mid-December for the spring semester.
This loan is available to help parents of dependent undergraduate students with college expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses. A parent may borrow a PLUS loan up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid their student receives. The student and parent must meet eligibility requirements, including U.S. citizenship. Federal/Direct PLUS have a fixed interest rate of 6.28% and a 4.272% origination fee.
Apply for a PLUS loan online.
This type of loan is made available by private banks to credit-worthy students (or students with credit-worthy co-borrowers), who need to borrow additional loan funds to pay for college expenses. Repayment generally does not begin until six months after graduation, although interest does accrue while the student is in school and the loan is in deferment. You are allowed to borrow a private alternative loan for an amount up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive.
Applications for a Private Education Loan must be initiated by the parent or student. Borrowers have the right to choose the lender of their choice. The Cleveland Institute of Art does not endorse any Private Education Loan lender. Loan information for service lenders and a link to apply for a Private Education (Alternative) Loan is available at the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation (GLHEC) FastChoice website.
Financial aid awards are posted to your student account (disbursed) until you have reviewed and accepted your financial aid award package through our online tool, Net Partner. Through Net Partner, you can review your financial aid award options, accept (or decline) each component of your award package, and see whether additional documents are needed to complete your financial aid documentation.
Disbursement will be made to your student account beginning the third week after the start of each semester; provided all of your required financial aid documents are received and your financial aid file is complete. Your financial aid file is considered complete when you have returned all required forms to the Office of Financial Aid, and have completed registration for classes.
If you have funds remaining after your financial aid has been credited toward tuition, fees, and room and board, you will have a credit balance on your account. Students who have a credit balance (sometimes called an overage) on their account are entitled to a refund. The Office of Student Accounts will issue a refund to students with a credit balance on their account when all funds are received (there are occasional delays from funding sources). The credit balance will be disbursed as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the date the credit balance occurred on the student’s account.
Enrolled students will need to complete a direct deposit form to have their refund sent electronically directly to the bank account. The form can be found on myCIA (login required).
Billing statements for fall semester will be mailed in June. Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 216.421.7318 if you have any questions about your billing statement or making payments.
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.
November 19, 2021