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  • Undergraduate students at CCAD are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Future Students & Parents

Financial Aid, Where to Start

Financial Aid Opportunities

There are many ways to offset the cost of college tuition. The most common are federal grants and loans and work study or on-campus employment. In addition, CCAD offers a healthy scholarship program. If these options don't quite get you where you need to be, CCAD can help you find additional financial aid resources.

We Are Here to Help

CCAD understands that a college education is a major investment and that the process of applying for and exploring all of your financial aid options can be overwhelming. At any point in this process you can contact a financial aid officer in our One-Stop Student Services Office, call 614.222.3295 or email (financialaid AT ccad DOT edu) with questions or to make an appointment.

How to Start

Where to begin the financial aid process varies depending on whether you are entering college as first-year undergraduate,  a graduate applicant, a transfer student, or an international student.

First-Year Undergraduate Students

If you are entering college for the first time (whether you are currently in high school or are an adult who will be coming to CCAD as a freshman), your first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Important Notes:

  • Eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study employment is determined by the FAFSA.
  • We strongly recommend you get your FAFSA in as early as possible—no matter where you attend college, you will need a completed FAFSA.
  • Families should complete their income tax returns early so that they can use that information for completing the FAFSA.

          Ready to Begin?

  • First you will need to create a FSA ID (in most cases an ID will need to be created for both the student and a parent). Follow this link for instructions: Creating an FSA ID
  • Next, go to http://fafsa.ed.gov to start the online FAFSA application process.
  • During the FAFSA application process you will select the colleges where your FAFSA information should be sent; to do this you will need CCAD’s college code: 003039.
  • Want more help before you start? The U.S. Department of Education website includes many tips and resources at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov —or you can contact a CCAD financial aid officer via email or 614.222.3295.

          What Happens Next

  • The U.S. Department of Education sends your FAFSA results to CCAD. At this time, you may be contacted by CCAD with directions to fill out additional forms. Please do so as quickly as possible.
  • Once CCAD has your completed paperwork, you will be mailed a Financial Aid Award packet. This packet will include information on what you are eligible for and directions for what to do next. At this point you are welcome to meet with a financial aid officer to go over your packet and be sure that you understand all your options.

Graduate Students

Students applying to enter CCAD’s MFA program may be eligible for federal financial aid in the form of loans and/or on-campus employment.

  • Start by filling out the FAFSA online. CCAD will contact you about your eligibility for aid and provide information on the next steps to take.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a current FAFSA.

  • If you have already filled out the FAFSA for the year, go into your account and add CCAD as one of your colleges—CCAD’s college code: 003039.
  • If you do not have a current FAFSA you will need to complete one at http://fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Once CCAD receives your FAFSA information from the U.S. Department of Education, additional information and instructions will be sent to you.

International Students

International students should contact the Admissions Office, International Student Advisor Jonathon Neeley via email (international info AT ccad DOT edu) or at 614.222.3265 (download international calling codes pdf).

To Ask a Question or Schedule an Appointment

One-Stop Student Services: email | financialaid AT ccad DOT edu l 614.222.3295

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