Start—and fund—your art school life

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Start—and fund—your art school life

3 steps. CCAD is here to help you walk them. 

Step 1: The FAFSA

  • Why bother with the FAFSA? In short: It's necessary for almost any scholarship or grant at CCAD—or anywhere else. And here at CCAD, you can't register for classes until it's complete. No one likes paperwork, but this is worth it, we promise: It's just as important to your success as applying to college. 
  • Go to to start the online process. The FAFSA will only take you about 30 minutes, or about the time it would take you to watch an episode of Steven Universe. You can also find more information at
  • We want to make sure nothing holds you back from attending CCAD if you're admitted. And our CCAD Financial Aid Officers are always here to help. You can reach them at 614.222.3295 or [email protected]



Step 2: The CCAD application

All applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed online application with your $50 application fee.
  • A written essay. 
  • A portfolio.  
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every educational institution you’ve attended. 

More application info here.


Step 3: Get scholarships & grants

Because you've done your FAFSA, you can also get grants!

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional talent in their creative portfolios. Judging is based on your overall application.

Head here for more scholarship info. 

Have a question? Contact the CCAD Admissions Office at 614.222.3261 or [email protected].

Looking for more information about financial aid? Click here or visit

Talk to one of our amazing counselors today! Click here to request more info!