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Scholarships do not need to be repaid, and are based on academic qualifications, such as grades, test scores, and artistic achievement demonstrated in a student’s portfolio.

Internal scholarships

CIA offers extensive merit recognition to students at all levels. New students are considered automatically when they're accepted. 

CIA merit scholarships

CIA’s Office of Admissions offers first-time freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to compete to renewable merit awards based on the strength of their portfolio and academic achievements.

First-year and transfer students are automatically considered for CIA merit scholarships when they are accepted for admission to CIA. New students who do not receive a merit scholarship can be considered for a need-based CIA grant by submitting the FAFSA.

External scholarships

External scholarships are a great way to supplement any CIA-based aid you receive. To be considered for external scholarship support, contact funding organizations and follow their application procedures.

Some external scholarship sources are listed below. 

American Indian College Fund
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
Cleveland Foundation
College Board
College Now Greater Cleveland
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation - The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search
Scholarships 4 Students
Scholarships on Chegg
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Student Scholarships
United Negro Fund


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