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Cost of Attendance

2021-22 Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is the combination of direct expenses (or billable) and indirect expenses (things like holiday travel, living incidentals, etc) associated with attending college.

It is used with the calculated estimated family contribution (EFC) from data reported on the FAFSA to determine eligibiity for financial aid. You may receive financial aid, including student loans, for up to the total cost of attendance. Financial aid disbursed to your account in excess of your direct costs will be refunded to you.

Incoming students: Living on campus

The cost of attendance is based on incoming students who are living in a 2-bedroom suite (4 students) or a 1-bedroom suite (double occupancy) in CIA's Uptown Residence Hall, using the CaseCash-only meal plan: 

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 21,265 21,265 42,530
Fees** 1,570 1,395 2,965
Room (Uptown Residence Hall 2 Bedroom Suite) 4,605 4,605 9,210
Meals (CaseCash only) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Subtotal 28,765 28,590 57,355
Indirect Expenses   
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 675 675 1350
Indirect Expenses Subtotal 2,275 2,275 4,550
   
Cost of Attendance Total 31,340 30,865 62,205

** New incoming students have a $175 orientation fee in the fall semester.

Incoming students: Commuting

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

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 21,265 21,265 42,530
Fees** 1,570 1,395 2,965
Billable (Direct) Costs Subtotal 22,835 22,660 45,495
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 625 625 1,250
Personal Expenses 850 850 1,700
Indirect Expenses Subtotal 4,555 4,555 9,110
   
Cost of Attendance Total 27,390 27,215 54,605

** New incoming students have a $175 orientation fee in the fall semester. 

Currently enrolled students: Living in Euclid 117

The cost of attendance for students currently enrolled who are living on-campus in a 2-bedroom suite in the Euclid 117 residence hall with the CaseCash only meal plan:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 21,265 21,265 42,530
Fees* 1,395 1,395 2,790
Room (Euclid 117 Residence Hall Suite) 4,605 4,605 9,210
Meal Plan (CaseCash only meal plan) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Subtotal 28,590 28,590 57,180
Indirect Expenses   
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Subtotal 2,275 2,275 4,550
   
Cost of Attendance Total 30,865 30,865 61,730

 

Currently enrolled students: Commuting

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2020-21 academic year for students commuting from the home of their parents/relatives are listed below:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 21,265 21,265 42,530
Fees* 1,395 1,395 2,790
Billable (Direct) Costs Subtotal 22,660 22,660 45,320
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 625 625 1,250
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Subtotal 4,555 4,555 9,110
   
Cost of Attendance Total 27,215 27,215 54,430


Currently enrolled students: Living in off-campus housing

The items for the 2020-21 academic year for currently enrolled students commuting from an off-campus rental unit:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 21,265 21,265 42,530
Fees* 1,395 1,395 2,790
Billable (Direct) Costs Subtotal 22,660 22,660 45,320
Indirect Expenses   
Room 2,325 2,325 4,650
Board 1,325 1,325 2,650
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 625 625 1,250
Personal Expenses 850 850 1,700
Indirect Expenses Subtotal 6,225 6,225 12,450
   
Cost of Attendance Total 28,885 28,885 57,770




*Fees include the following types and amounts:

Type of FeeFallSpringTotal
Technology Fee 310 310 620
Facilities Fee 640 640 1280
Health Service Fee 300 300 600
Student Activity Fee 145 145 290
Orientation Fee 175  — 175
   
Total 1,570 1,395 2,965

 

Billable (Direct) Costs 

All students receive a tuition and fees statement and a registration form sent to their CIA email address to complete each semester in their myCIA account. The bill includes charges for tuition and room and board (if they're living in CIA's residence halls and/or have purchased a meal plan).

Indirect Costs  

Books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses are not costs that students will be billed for through CIA. However, these expenses are associated with attending CIA and are included in the cost of attendance to help plan for your financial aid award letter.  

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Cleveland Institute of Art
Office of Financial Aid

Schedule a virtual appointment

Hours 
Mon–Fri
8:30am – 4:30pm


Address 
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone:
216.421.7425
800.223.4700

Fax: 216.754.3634

Email
financialaid@cia.edu

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 all students to have a laptop. At a minimum, this laptop should support Adobe Creative Cloud. The majority of first-year digital work is centered around Adobe Creative Cloud. Once students enter their sophomore year, they are expected to own a laptop which meets major-specific requirements, outlined on the Laptop Requirements page on myCIA

CIA, of course, provides computer labs, printers, and other high-tech equipment to address the higher-end, specialized needs of all students.

The average one-time cost will vary by major, but is expected to range between $1,500 and $2,500, including hardware, software, warranty, and any other required items.