CCAD is continuously monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our students and the CCAD community is our highest priority. Answers below are not comprehensive and are subject to change.

Unless otherwise noted, this information is current as of April 13, 2021


Questions about fees, tuition & adjustments to bills

What do students need to know about the billing process for fall 2021?
CCAD will begin processing bills for fall 2021 in early June. The payment due date is July 30, 2021. Tuition, housing, meal plans, and any course-specific fees will be billed normally.

When will the Retention Grant be awarded for first-year undergraduate students who started in fall 2020?
As previously announced, CCAD is awarding a $1,000 Retention Grant to all first-year undergraduate students who started in fall 2020 and attended full time throughout the entire 2020–2021 academic year when they return for fall 2021 and are enrolled full-time. The grant will be disbursed in fall 2021 and is intended to acknowledge the additional hardship of beginning their college career under these extraordinary circumstances.

How will housing and meal plan fees work for fall 2021?
Students who opt to live in CCAD housing for fall 2021 will pay housing and dining fees based on their selections. Housing and food services are expected to operate normally for fall 2021 with some modifications and health and safety protocols as detailed in CCAD’s Return to Campus Plan. To learn more, please refer to the dining & retail section or the residence life & housing section.

Why is there a graduation application fee for spring 2021 even though Commencement will be held virtually?
Graduation is the process of CCAD confirming that students have completed their degree requirements, “conferring” the degree award in our system and on transcripts, and finally, producing official documentation for students that supports their credential.

Commencement is a ceremony that allows us to celebrate graduating students and provide opportunities for families and friends to honor students as well. The graduation application fee is assessed after the first week of classes each term, once we’ve collected all graduation applications. It offsets costs not supported by tuition and goes toward the administrative work of processing graduates, graduation announcements, diplomas, and some components of Commencement including regalia. The total cost of graduation and Commencement activities exceed the revenue brought in by the graduation application fees collected. The fee is applied to all students who apply to graduate, regardless of their intentions of participating in the Commencement ceremony or in-person event.

When will students see a billing statement?
Fall semester billing statements will be available to students in early June 2021 depending on the status of a student’s registration for fall 2021. Students will be able to see all adjustments to their account balance and financial aid in Self-Service. Updates to student accounts typically occur on a daily basis through the first two weeks of classes. If, upon review of this statement and their financial aid information, students have any questions or wish to discuss loans, scholarships, and other forms of aid, we encourage them to contact the Financial Aid Office at Any questions regarding charges included on the billing statement can be directed to

What is the deadline for students to finalize payment arrangements for fall 2021?
July 30, 2021 is the deadline for all students to finalize fall payment arrangements. Students living in CCAD housing will need to have all payment arrangements in place prior to moving into the residence halls.

What is the deadline to withdraw from CCAD for fall 2021 without financial penalty?
Students can withdraw by August 23, 2021 prior to attending any classes, without any financial penalty. We will issue full refunds for anyone choosing to leave CCAD for the fall semester by this deadline.

If a student withdraws now, will their scholarships be available for next year?
It depends. Merit scholarships will continue but any named scholarships awarded may not continue. Need-based grants will continue, but might change if a student's Expected Family Contribution changes. A student will need to complete a new FAFSA for the academic year in which they return in order to be eligible for need-based grants. Students should contact Financial Aid for details regarding their specific situation.

Where do students' tuition dollars go?
We understand students have questions about their tuition bill. In order to better explain where that money goes and how it helps our nonprofit college deliver a quality educational experience, click here.

Questions about health & safety

What is the status of COVID-19 at CCAD and in Ohio?
CCAD is providing weekly updates at the top of our public health web page regarding any active, positive cases identified on campus during the spring 2021 semester. The number of cases reported at any time represent individuals in the CCAD community who have:

  • tested positive for COVID-19; and
  • have been on CCAD’s campus; and
  • for whom we are conducting contact tracing.

For information regarding COVID-19 in Ohio, including current state mandates and recommendations, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s coronavirus information page.

Additional updates regarding CCAD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at

What if a student or employee is sick while on campus?
If a student is ill while on campus, they should isolate immediately. Please click here to learn more about what steps to take. If someone is sick on campus and needs assistance, call CCAD Safety & Security at 614.222.6165.

Are face masks currently required on campus?
Yes. Face masks or cloth face coverings are currently required for all individuals on CCAD’s campus, except in their personal on-campus residential room or private closed office.

Will face masks be required on campus in fall 2021?
We will continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 throughout the rest of this semester and summer in advance of the fall semester and will follow all recommendations by the CDC and local health officials regarding the wearing of masks. At this time, we do anticipate requiring masks on campus this fall.

Will there be an on-campus COVID-19 testing program in the summer and fall?
We anticipate continuing our on-campus COVID-19 testing program throughout the summer and fall. CCAD currently has an on-campus COVID-19 testing program for the spring 2021, following state guidelines. This includes testing at the start of the semester as well as random testing throughout the semester for those who choose to access campus. More details about our fall testing plan will be available this summer.

Will there be daily health checks in the summer and fall?
Yes, CCAD plans to continue its required daily, self-administered screening checks for students, faculty, staff, and any visitors into the summer and fall. More information will be shared prior to the start of the fall semester.

Will there be quarantine and isolation spaces for residential students if needed for fall?
We are currently developing plans for residential students this fall and will share more information in advance of the semester.

CCAD students who are not living on campus will be provided with guidance on how to quarantine or isolate at their own place of residence.

What will food service look like for residential students in quarantine and isolation? Will dietary restrictions be accommodated?
Residential students in quarantine or isolation will have access to food service. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary needs.

How do I get the latest updates about COVID-19’s impact on CCAD?
CCAD Together is the gateway to information about CCAD’s response to COVID-19. The site currently houses details for the spring 2021 semester. More information about fall 2021 will be added in the coming months. The Public Health page continues to serve as an archive of the college’s time-sensitive announcements about COVID-19.

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines

Will CCAD require a COVID-19 vaccine of students, faculty, and staff for fall 2021?
While COVID-19 vaccines are administered under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CCAD will strongly encourage our community of students, faculty, and staff to get the vaccine. Once COVID-19 vaccines receive FDA approval we will review our vaccination policies.

CCAD currently requires all students show proof of vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); hepatitis B; DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis); meningitis; and polio. We are closely monitoring updates about the vaccine rollout plan in Ohio and across the U.S. and will continue to update our community in the coming months.

If I have been vaccinated do I need to be tested and abide by other COVID-19 protocols?
Yes. CCAD is following the Centers for Disease Control’s interim public health requirements for fully vaccinated people, which call for practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding medium- and large-sized crowds, among other things.

Is CCAD canceling its vaccination distribution planned for Thursday, April 15 given the FDA’s and CDC’s recommendation on April 13 to pause the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. CCAD is cancelling our on-site vaccination distribution that was planned for April 15 following the news that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine following six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and notice from Gov. Mike DeWine’s office that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is officially paused in Ohio. We will continue to follow federal health recommendations and work with Gov. Mike DeWine’s office and our partner, Discount Drug Mart, should another vaccine distribution be offered by the state. We will notify students if/when another vaccine clinic is available.

How many doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine were planned to be available at CCAD for students on Thursday, April 15?
Please see above, which notes that CCAD is cancelling our on-site vaccination distribution that was planned for April 15 following the news that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine.

CCAD previously announced we secured 975 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, also known as the Janssen vaccine, through Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office.

Will CCAD administer more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine later this summer or in the fall?
At this time, we do not know when or if we will receive additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will keep the CCAD community updated with any new information.

To learn more, please read the CDC’s frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

Questions about dining & retail

Will CCAD provide food service in the summer and fall?
Yes, CCAD is anticipating providing food service options in the fall. All residential students are required to carry a meal plan. Details on limited food service for the summer semester will be communicated directly to residential students when plans are finalized.

What health and safety protocols will be in place regarding dining on campus this fall?
More details about the health and safety protocols for fall will be shared in the Return to Campus Plan, which will be updated in the coming months. Currently for the spring 2021 semester, on campus limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Market dining hall. A capacity of 60 people has been set for the dining hall. The cafe and lounge area on the first floor of the Loann Crane Center is available for indoor eating and has physically distanced tables for this purpose. This space should only be used if it is not possible to eat in the Market dining hall, at the outside picnic tables, in a private office, off campus, or in a residence. Additional grab-and-go options have been added, providing quick, fresh options, which are available at Crane Cafe Monday through Thursday. The grab-and-go options will be available as a meal exchange on students’ meal plans.

Will Ampersand Emporium and the CCAD Supply Store be open for fall 2021?
Ampersand Emporium is currently open and accessible to students, faculty, and staff and will be open this summer and fall. The CCAD Supply Store has merged with Ampersand Emporium and will continue to offer a selection of art and design items and CCAD swag.

Will be running in fall 2021?
Yes, is currently processing orders and will continue to do so this fall.

Questions about Residence Life & Housing

What is CCAD’s housing plan for summer 2021?
CCAD will welcome students who wish to stay on campus during the summer to live in Design Square Apartments (DSA). Students in need of summer 2021 housing in DSA should have already completed the Summer 2021 Housing Form. Those students who are still in need of summer housing but did not complete the form should email

As a reminder, living in DSA this summer does not guarantee space in the residence hall this fall. Those with a summer contract must move out of DSA by 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

When do students currently in DSA for the spring need to move out?
Students currently living in DSA but who do not hold a summer housing contract will need to move out by 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

What is CCAD’s housing plan for fall 2021?
CCAD will welcome students to stay in DSA and Schottenstein Residence Hall this fall.

As a reminder, the process for applying for DSA has changed. Starting with the 2021–22 academic year, CCAD’s on-campus housing will be prioritized for new incoming and transfer students as well as students in their second year at CCAD. To apply to live on-campus for the coming academic year, please complete CCAD’s 2021–22 housing application by Friday, March 26. Depending on demand and class rank, current DSA residents may not be able to remain in the residence hall in the fall. Be sure to review the CCAD Off-Campus Living Guide for more information on finding a home for fall 2021 if DSA isn't an option. Questions? Contact Residence Life & Housing at

What should residential students know for the summer and fall?
Residence Life & Housing staff continues to review current housing policies in order to make changes that keep the community at CCAD safe while encouraging community for our residents.

Community events and in-person programming could look different in the summer and fall while physical distancing requirements are in place. Residence Life & Housing staff continue to offer opportunities, virtually and socially distanced, for students to connect. Since the start of the pandemic all residential students must show their ID to front desk staff at all times. Residents should be aware of access changes to common spaces like lounges and gyms and keep in mind any capacity limits or access procedures. Masks are required at all times in spaces outside residential rooms, including hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, and lounges. We will share more information about what students should expect while living on campus this fall prior to the start of the new semester.

What is CCAD’s guest policy for the summer and fall?
Currently, no guests are permitted in our residence halls. This policy remains in place and is reviewed on a regular basis. When guests are permitted again students will be notified of the process and procedure for registering their guest.

Has CCAD made any changes to the Schottenstein Residence Hall heating and cooling system?
Yes, in order to meet current pandemic recommendations, CCAD engaged Bruner Corp., a local HVAC and mechanical contractor, in fall 2020 to improve the air handling in Schottenstein.

How can students learn more about fall 2021 housing?
Students with questions about fall 2021 housing are encouraged to join the Residence Life & Housing staff for a webinar on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11 a.m. (EDT).

Questions about course schedules & registration

Will the start of the fall 2021 semester be different this year?
No, CCAD’s academic calendar will not change. The fall 2021 semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 and will end on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.

What is happening with classes in the fall 2021 semester?
CCAD plans to return to having a significant majority of art and design classes meet in person in the fall. That said, we will offer online and remote classes via Liberal Arts courses and our Online First Year Program, with the aim of promoting student choice. As students plan for fall scheduling, they will see class identifiers in Self-Service, similar to what they saw last fall and this spring. Classes that will be delivered fully online and asynchronous can be identified by their “WEB” room assignment and an “.EL” designation in course codes (CORE1110.EL). Synchronous, remote classes are identified with “REMOTE” as the room assignment. All other classes with a building, room, and time listed will have a required in-person component on campus.

If pandemic conditions do not allow us to offer such a large number of in-person classes, we may need to convert additional classes to remote format. On the other hand, classes currently listed as remote or online in Self-Service will not change from that format for fall. Continuing with remote instruction for these classes, which are primarily Liberal Arts and were chosen because they were the most successful in an online or remote format, allows for maximum scheduling flexibility and will allow for those who are not ready to return to campus to make some academic progress.

Will CCAD continue to offer an Online First Year Program?
Yes, we will continue to offer an Online First Year Program for those students who prefer to learn remotely for their first year.

What will campus access look like for fall 2021?
CCAD is looking forward to welcoming all students, including first-year students, to CCAD’s campus this fall. We will continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but campus life will more closely resemble what it has in previous years. At this time, we plan to continue to have adjusted classroom layouts. All students will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment.

How can students ensure they're still on track toward the completion of their degree?
Our Academic Advisors are available to help keep undergraduate students on track toward degree completion with academic plan and schedule guidance. To schedule an advising appointment, go to The Graduate Studies Chair will be available to assist graduate students.

Questions about technology, equipment, labs & facilities

Who will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment this fall?
CCAD is looking forward to welcoming all students, including first-year students, to CCAD’s campus this fall.

How will CCAD’s facilities be available in fall 2021?
We will continue to have health and safety measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we plan to continue to have adjusted classroom layouts. All students will have access to CCAD’s facilities and equipment.

What access will graduate students have to their studios in fall 2021?
Graduate students will have 24/7 access to their studios on the third floor of Design Studios on Broad.

How will students be able to get technology support?
CCAD will offer remote support for the IT Help Desk. In-person support will also be available, but remote support is preferred. Reach out to the Help Desk by calling 614.222.6174, emailing, or schedule via online appointment page. Learn more about technology support and services here.

Questions about campus life

Will there be a special program for rising sophomores this summer?
Yes, CCAD is excited to invite rising sophomores to campus Thursday, June 17–Monday, June 21, 2021 for CCAD IRL. This four-day experience allows students who haven’t been to campus due to the pandemic to get to know CCAD’s community “in real life,” meet friends and faculty members, and collaborate on creative projects. The experience is free of charge and is available for the first 100 students who register. Registration opens on Friday, March 26, and closes on Thursday, April 9. Students will stay in Schottenstein Residence Hall (two students per suite with individual bedrooms and a shared bathroom). All meals and activities will be covered at no cost. More information will be shared with rising sophomores prior to registration opening.

Will there be student employment opportunities in the fall?
Yes, there will be student employment opportunities this fall. As always, for specific details, students should check the job board, or, if they are a returning student employee, speak with their supervisor.

GAs and TAs will be working on campus, like faculty and staff, unless COVID-19 prevents it.

Will Packard Library be open this summer and fall?
Packard Library will be open for visitors during the summer Monday–Friday, noon–4 p.m. Contactless pickup and dropoff of library materials will continue to be available on campus and at many OhioLink institutions.

For fall 2021, Packard Library plans to extend its current hours into the evening. More details will be provided closer to the start of the semester.

Will Beeler Gallery be open this fall?
Yes, Beeler Gallery will be open for visitors this fall.

What will student organizations look like this fall?
CCAD is currently reviewing our protocols for in-person meetings. We will update students as new information becomes available and prior to the start of the fall semester. Currently, students are still welcome to gather virtually for student organization events.

What will the 2021 CCAD Fashion Show look like?
CCAD’s annual Fashion Show will take place Friday, May 14, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. (EDT). This year’s event will feature a recorded runway show that can be viewed two ways. Guests will be able to join us in person at the Easton Community Drive-In for a socially distanced VIP experience emceed by Amber Knicole, lead singer of the critically acclaimed neo funk group MojoFlo, or enjoy the same amazing show from the comfort of home with our virtual experience. Learn more and purchase tickets.

What will the format for Chroma: Best of CCAD be for spring 2021?
CCAD’s annual exhibition of student work will be exhibited on campus and online. In-person viewing will be 5–9 p.m. Thursday, May 13, and will showcase CCAD’s graduating seniors. Access to the graduating senior show will be by appointment only for a limited time. More details will be shared soon.

All students who have work selected through the juried process will be exhibited online in the virtual Chroma show. The online presentation will showcase student work from all levels and programs and opens June 16, 2021.

What will Commencement look like for spring 2021?
CCAD’s 142nd Commencement will be held online Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. (EDT). As in a traditional Commencement ceremony, each graduate’s name will be read and celebrated. The virtual ceremony will also include remarks from CCAD’s President, Dr. Melanie Corn, and other college leadership, as well as from student representatives. CCAD will also confer an honorary doctorate upon Professor Emeritus Ric Petry.

In addition, in advance of the online Commencement, CCAD will host an opportunity for graduating students to receive their diploma from Dr. Corn and a representative from their major, in the Canzani Auditorium, from 11 a.m. to noon on one of three days:  

  • Tuesday, May 11 (Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: New Projects, Advertising & Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Fashion Design)
  • Wednesday, May 12 (Comics & Narrative Practice, Contemporary Crafts, Fine Arts, Illustration)
  • Thursday, May 13 (Animation, Cinematic Arts/Film & Video, Photography)

We plan that students will be able to bring up to two guests, and dressing in full regalia (cap and gown) is encouraged. Professional photos will be available for students and their families to download later in May as a small token of our congratulations. For more details, visit

What will the status of the Counseling & Wellness Center be this fall?
The Counseling & Wellness Center will continue to be available to students for counseling services this fall. More information will be available this summer about how the services will be delivered.

Please continue to use the CCAD Safety & Security Office (614.222.6165) for emergency support when on campus. Call 911 for immediate assistance or help off campus.

What will the status of on-campus learning and support services be this fall?
Planning is underway for the fall 2021 semester and more details will be shared with students prior to the start of the fall semester.

For Advising, undergraduate students can schedule appointments with their advisor at MyCCAD. Graduate students should contact Chair Kelly Malek-Kosak at

For matters related to disability accommodation, the Learning Support staff can be reached at

Questions about who to contact for various support areas

CCAD’s staff is here to support students and their needs. Below are a few quick resources of how to connect with different services.