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Cost of Attendance

2020-21 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 2020–21 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 for the 2020–21 academic year is based on incoming students who will be charged the orientation fee and 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 20,745 20,745 41,490
Fees** 1,535 1,360 2,895
Room (Uptown Residence Hall 2 Bedroom Suite) 4,470 4,470 8,940
Meals (CaseCash only) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 28.095 27,900 55,975
Indirect Expenses   
Books 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 675 675 1350
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,275 2,275 4,550
   
Cost of Attendance Total 30,350 30,175 60,525

** New incoming students will also have a $175 orientation fee.

Incoming students: Commuting

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

Billable (Direct) CostsFallSpringTotal
Tuition 20,745 20,745 41,490
Fees** 1,535 1,360 2,895
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 22,280 22,015 44,385
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 750 750 1,500
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 4,505 4,505 9,010
   
Cost of Attendance Total 26,785 26,610 53,395

** New incoming students will also have a $175 orientation fee. 

Currently enrolled students: Living in Euclid 117

The cost of attendance for the 2020-21 academic year 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 20,745 20,745 41,490
Fees* 1,360 1,360 2,270*
Room (Euclid 117 Residence Hall Suite) 4,470 4,470 8,940
Meal Plan (CaseCash only meal plan) 1,325 1,325 2,650
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 27,900 27,900 55,800
Indirect Expenses   
Books 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 2,275 2,275 4,550
   
Cost of Attendance Total 30,175 30,175 60,350

 

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 20,745 20,745 41,490
Fees* 1,360 1,360 2,720
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 22,105 22,105 44,210
Indirect Expenses   
Room 1,000 1,000 2,000
Board 980 980 1,960
Books and Supplies 1,100 1,100 2,200
Transportation 750 750 1,500
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 4,505 4,505 9,010
   
Cost of Attendance Total 26,610 26,610 53,220


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 20,745 20,745 41,490
Fees* 1,360 1,360 2,720
Billable (Direct) Costs Sub-Total 22,105 22,105 44,210
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 750 750 1,500
Personal Expenses 675 675 1,350
Indirect Expenses Sub-Total 6,175 6,175 12,350
   
Cost of Attendance Total 28,280 28,280 56,560




*Fees include the following types and amounts:

Type of FeeFallSpringTotal
Technology Fee 300 300 600
Facilities Fee 625 625 1250
Health Service Fee 290 290 580
Student Activity Fee 145 145 290
Orientation Fee 175  — 175
   
Total 1,535 1,360 2,895

 

 * All sophomores will have a one-time increase in the Cost of Attendance due to the 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 $20,745 each semester and also mandatory institutional fees including a facilities fee ($625 each semester), technology fee ($300 each semester), health service fee ($290 each semester), student activity fee ($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 $4,470 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 $60,525. 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 $55,975, 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 $53,395. 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 $44,385 for incoming commuter students ($44,210 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 $56,560. This amount includes direct costs of tuition and fees of $44,210 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

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Address 
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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 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 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.

The laptop policy necessitates that all students will have a one-time increase in the Cost of Attendance. Students majoring in Animation, Game Design, Industrial Design, Life Sciences Illustration, and Photography + Video have an approximate $2,500 increase in their Cost of Attendance. All other majors will have an approximate $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.