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2018-19 Cost of Attendance Financial Aid Budgets

Cost of attendance is the combination of direct and indirect costs associated with attending college. It is used with the calculated estimated family contribution (EFC) from data reported on the 2018-19 FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility. You may receive financial aid including student loans up to the total cost of attendance. Financial aid disbursed to your account in excess of your direct costs will be refunded back to you. 

2018-19 Financial Aid On-Campus Cost of Attendance
for Incoming Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for incoming students who are charged the orientation fee and are living in a 2 bedroom suite (4 students) or a 1 bedroom suite (double occupancy) in the Uptown Residence Hall with the CaseCash only meal plan: 

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition     19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,465 1,290 2,755
Room (Uptown Residence Hall 2 Bedroom Suite) 4,210 4,210 8,420
Meals (CaseCash only) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Direct Costs Sub-Total 26,650 26,475 53,125
Indirect Expenses
Books 1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 770 770 1,540
Personal Expenses 1,013 1,012 2,025
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total                              
2,878 2,877 5,755
   
Cost of Attendance Total 29,528 29,352 58,880


2018-19 Financial Aid On-Campus Cost of Attendance
for Returning Students residing in Euclid 115 Campus Apartments

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for currently enrolled students who are living on-campus in a 2 bedroom suite in the Euclid 115 Campus Apartments with the CaseCash only meal plan are listed below:

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,290 1,290 2,580
Room (Campus Apartments - (Euclid 115) 10 month lease 2 bedroom double) 3,900 3,900 7,800
Meal Plan (CaseCash only meal plan) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Direct Costs Sub-Total 26,165 26,165 52,330
Indirect Expenses
Books                                                                                                          1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 770 770 1,540
Personal Expenses 1,013 1,012 2,025
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,878 2,877 5,755
   
Cost of Attendance Total 29,043 29,042 58,085


2018-19 Financial Aid On-Campus Cost of Attendance 
for Returning Students residing in Euclid 117 Residence Hall

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for currently enrolled students who are living on-campus in a 2 bedroom suite in the Euclid 117 Residence Hall with the CaseCash only meal plan are listed below:

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,290 1,290 2,580
Room (Euclid 117 Residence Hall Suite) 4,210 4,210 8,420
Meal Plan (CaseCash only meal plan) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Direct Costs Sub-Total 26,475 26,475 52,950
Indirect Expenses
Books                                                                                                          1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 770 770 1,540
Personal Expenses 1,013 1,012 2,025
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,878 2,877 5,755
   
Cost of Attendance Total 29,353 29,352 58,705


2018-19 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Incoming
Commuter Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for incoming students who are commuting from the home of their parents/relatives are listed below:

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,465 1,290 2,755
Direct Costs Sub-Total                   21,115 20,940 42,055
Indirect Expenses
Room 1,200 1,200 2,400
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,100 1,100 2,200
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 5,400 5,400 10,800
   
Cost of Attendance Total 26,515 26,340 52,855

 

2018-19 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Currently Enrolled Commuter Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for students commuting from the home of their parents/relatives are listed below:

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition                                          19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,290 1,290 2,580
Direct Costs Sub-Total 20,940 20,940 41,880
Indirect Expenses
Room 1,200 1,200 2,400
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,100 1,100 2,200
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 5,400 5,400 10,800
   
Cost of Attendance Total 26,340 26,340 52,680


2018-19 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Currently Enrolled Students Living in an Off-Campus Rental Unit

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2018-19 academic year for currently enrolled students commuting from an off-campus apartment rental unit are listed below:

Direct CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition                                           19,650 19,650 39,300
Fees* 1,290 1,290 2,580
Direct Costs Sub-Total 20,940 20,940 41,880
Indirect Expenses
Room 2,325 2,325 4,650
Board 1,325 1,325 2,650
Books and Supplies 1,095 1,095 2,190
Transportation 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,300 1,300 2,600
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 7,070 7,070 14,140
   
Cost of Attendance Total 28,010 28,010 56,020


*Fees include the following types and amounts:

Type of FeeFallSpringTotal
Lab and Technology Fees                                           875 875 1,750
Health Service Fee 270 270 540
Student Activity Fee 145 145 290
Orientation Fee 175   175
   
Total 1,485 1,290 2,755

 

 * All sophomores will have a one-time increase in the Cost-of-Attendance due to the mandatory required purchase of a laptop computer. Students majoring in Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Industrial Design, and Photography + Video have a $2,500 increase in their Cost-of-Attendance. All other majors will have a $1,500 increase in their Cost-of-Attendance. The Expected Family Contribution calculated from the data submitted on the FAFSA is subtracted from the Cost-of-Attendance to determine the financial need of a student. Only PLUS and private education loans can be awarded to help offset the increase in the Cost-of-Attendance due to the purchase of a laptop computer. CIA funds are restricted to tuition, and cannot be awarded to help offset the cost of a laptop computer.

Direct Costs 

All students receive a bill and forms to complete each semester in their myCIA account. The bill includes charges for tuition based on full-time enrollment of $19,650 each semester and also mandatory institutional fees including lab and technology fees ($875 each semester), health service fees ($270 each semester), student activity fees ($145 each semester), and the orientation fee ($175 fall semester only for incoming students only). New incoming international students also have an additional $550 orientation fee for fall semester only.

All students staying in a 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom suite for the academic year in the Uptown Residence Hall who choose the CaseCash only meal plan will be billed $4,210 each semester for their room and $1,325 each semester for their meal plan.

Indirect Costs  

Books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses are not costs that each student will be billed for through CIA. However, these expenses are associated with attending CIA and are included in the cost of attendance. Students, who live off campus and commute from their parent's or relative's home or from an apartment or other type of rental unit, will also have food and other expenses that are included in the cost of attendance. 

On-Campus Cost of Attendance for Incoming Students

If you plan to live on-campus, the total cost of attendance is $58,880. This amount includes direct costs of tuition, fees, room (2 bedroom suite in the Uptown Residence Hall), and board (CaseCash only meal plan) for a total of $53,125, and allowances for other costs students residing on campus typically have.

Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Incoming and Current Commuter Students

If you are an incoming commuter living with a parent or a relative, the total cost of attendance is $52,855. It is $175 less if you are a currently enrolled student who will be commuting from the home of a parent or relative. This amount includes direct costs of tuition and fees of $42,055 for incoming commuter students ($41,880 for currently enrolled commuter students) and other costs commuters typically have. 

Cost of Attendance for Currently Enrolled Students Living in an Off-Campus Rental Unit 

If you are a currently enrolled student living in an off-campus rental unit, the total cost of attendance is $56,020. This amount includes direct costs of tuition and fees of $41,880 and other allowances for rent, meals, utilities, and other costs associated with living in an off-campus rental unit.

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Phone: 216.421.7425 or 800.223.4700
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Just as artists need the right tools for their work, so do art students need certain tools for success. 

To ensure that you have the tools you’ll need to succeed in your major, CIA requires that you purchase a laptop with specific capabilities before you enter your major in the fall of your sophomore year. 

You’ll be informed of the minimum requirements for hardware and software so that your laptop will meet your computing needs throughout your CIA career. CIA, of course, provides computer labs, printers, and other high-tech equipment to address the higher-end, specialized needs of all majors.

The average one-time cost will vary by major, but is expected to range between $2,000 and $3,000, including hardware, software, warranty, and any other required items. This investment in your education will be calculated into the cost of attendance to determine your eligibility for financial aid at the time your financial aid package is determined in your second year.

The specifications for software and hardware in your major will be made available to you in early spring of your first year. Please do not buy a computer until you have been admitted into a major and you know the requirements.

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