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2019-20 Cost of Attendance Financial Aid Budgets

Cost of attendance is the combination of billable (direct) and indirect costs associated with attending college. It is used with the calculated estimated family contribution (EFC) from data reported on the 2019-20 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. 

2019-20 Financial Aid On-Campus Cost of Attendance for Incoming Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2019-20 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: 

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,240 20,240 40,480
Fees* 1,500 1,325 2,825
Room (Uptown Residence Hall 2 Bedroom Suite) 4,340 4,340 8,680
Meals (CaseCash only) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 27,405 27,230 54,635
Indirect Expenses   
Books 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 770 770 1,540
Personal Expenses 1,015 1,015 2,030
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,885 2,885 5,770
   
Cost of Attendance Total 30,290 30,115 60,405


2019-20 Financial Aid On-Campus Cost of Attendance for Students Residing in Euclid 117 Residence Hall

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2019-20 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:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,240 20,240 40,480
Fees* 1,325 1,325 2,650**
Room (Euclid 117 Residence Hall Suite) 4,340 4,340 8,680
Meal Plan (CaseCash only meal plan) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 27,230 27,230 54,460
Indirect Expenses   
Books 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 770 770 1,540
Personal Expenses 1,015 1,015 2,030
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,885 2,885 5,770
   
Cost of Attendance Total 30,115 30,115 60,230


** New incoming students will also have a $175 registration fee for the 2019 Fall Semester.

2019-20 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Incoming Commuter Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2019-20 academic year for incoming students who are commuting from the home of their parents/relatives are listed below:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,240 20,240 40,480
Fees* 1,500 1,325 2,825
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 21,740 21,565 43,305
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,300 1,300 2,600
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 5,405 5,405 10,810
   
Cost of Attendance Total 27,145 26,970 54,115

 

2019-20 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Currently Enrolled Commuter Students

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2019-20 academic year for students commuting from the home of their parents/relatives are listed below:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,240 20,240 40,480
Fees* 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 21,565 21,565 43,130
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,300 1,300 2,600
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 5,405 5,405 10,810
   
Cost of Attendance Total 26,970 26,970 53,940


2019-20 Financial Aid Cost of Attendance for Students Living in an Off-Campus Rental Unit

The items for the financial aid cost of attendance for the 2019-20 academic year for currently enrolled students commuting from an off-campus rental unit are listed below:

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,240 20,240 40,480
Fees* 1,325 1,325 2,650**
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 21,565 21,565 43,130
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 1,025 1,025 2,050
Personal Expenses 1,300 1,300 2,600
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 7,075 7,075 14,150
   
Cost of Attendance Total 28,640 28,640 57,280


**New incoming students will also have a $175 registration fee for the 2019 Fall Semester
*Fees include the following types and amounts:

Type of FeeFallSpringTotal
Lab and Technology Fees 900 900 1,800
Health Service Fee 280 280 560
Student Activity Fee 145 145 290
Orientation Fee 175   175
   
Total 1,500 1,325 2,825

 

 * 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 and 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.

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 based on full-time enrollment of $20,240 each semester and also mandatory institutional fees including lab and technology fees ($900 each semester), health service fees ($280 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 $4,340 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 $60,405. This amount includes billable (direct) costs of tuition, fees, room (2 bedroom suite in the Uptown Residence Hall), and board (CaseCash only meal plan) for a total of $54,635, 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 $54,115. 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 billable (direct) costs of tuition and fees of $43,305 for incoming commuter students ($43,130 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 $57,280. This amount includes direct costs of tuition and fees of $43,130 and other allowances for rent, meals, utilities, and other costs associated with living in an off-campus rental unit.

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Office of Financial Aid

Hours 
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Address 
11610 Euclid Avenue 
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Phone: 216.421.7425 or 800.223.4700
Fax: 216.754.3634
Emailfinancialaid@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 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 $1,500 and $2,500, 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.