There are many types of financial aid available to our students. Ninety-eight percent of students receive some combination of the following types of aid totaling approximately $30 million.

  1. Need-Based Grants & Scholarships
  2. CCS Scholarships
  3. Outside Scholarships
  4. Loan Programs
  5. Work Study Programs

Need-Based Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant
A federally-funded grant awarding $400 to $5,550 per academic year for undergraduate students demonstrating high financial need.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
A federally-funded grant for undergraduate students demonstrating high financial need. Awards will be made to eligible students with the lowest expected family contributions who receive Pell Grants in that year.

Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarships
The Michigan Department of Education awards tuition grants and scholarships annually to Michigan residents who demonstrate financial need.

CCS Tuition Grant
Institutionally-funded need-based grant program. Amounts vary based on need.

Applicants to CCS are automatically considered for CCS Scholarships once they complete their admissions requirements. Awards are based on the portfolio review and academic achievement of the applicant and range between $7,000 to $14,000 per year. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to continue receiving these scholarships.

CCS Undergraduate Competitive Scholarship

A competition held in mid-March 2014 will determine the winners of the CCS competitive, Walter B. Ford II Award of Excellence Scholarships (AOE), the highest scholarships CCS offers for the incoming fall 2014 semester. Applicants to the college, who have achieved academic and artistic excellence, may be nominated by their high school or college art instructor, or by a CCS admissions counselor. Instructors may nominate as many students as they would like, who meet the qualifications below.

Qualifications for the AOE competition include an above average portfolio of art and/or design work uploaded to Students in high school are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an ACT score of 18 or higher or an SAT score of 950 or higher (critical reading and math scores only). Students coming from a community college must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. International students must have a minimum TOEFL composite score of: 71 (Internet), 527 (paper-based), or 197 (computer-based).

Students awarded the Walter B. Ford II Award of Excellence Scholarship must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue receiving these scholarships while enrolled at CCS. CCS awards scholarships based strictly on academic excellence and artistic ability.

Deadlines: The teacher nomination deadline for the 2014 Walter B. Ford II Award of Excellence Scholarship Competition is December 18, 2013. Nominees will receive the necessary application information and further details regarding the qualifications and the proper submission of their work. Competitors must be admitted by February 14, 2014. Applicants who do not meet the deadline or qualifications may still be eligible for non-competitive CCS scholarships of up to $14,000 per year.

Additional CCS Scholarships

The following scholarships are offered by the College for Creative Studies to eligible students based on the donor’s requested awarding criteria. Students who are awarded these scholarships or are eligible to apply will be notified by their admissions counselor or by the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Alumni Scholarships
  • American Chemistry Council Scholarships
  • Booth Family Scholarship
  • Bordinat Memorial Scholarship
  • Maxine Brewer Memorial Scholarship/Smallenberg Scholarship
  • John Broutin Scholarship
  • Campbell-Ewald Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Don Gould
  • Collectors Foundation Scholarships
  • Richard & Jean Coyne Family Foundation Scholarships
  • G.D. Crain Award
  • Karnig Dabanian Memorial Scholarship
  • Albert & Peggy deSalle Scholarship Fund
  • Rita Dilanian Scholarship
  • Paul & Helen Farago Endowed Scholarship
  • Benson & Edith Ford Scholarships
  • Ford Motor Company Scholarships
  • Ford Motor Company/J. Walter Thompson Award
  • James S. Goldwasser Award for Excellence in Writing Award
  • James C. Gordon Memorial Scholarship
  • Charl E. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Hagopian Rug Design Scholarships
  • George Moon Memorial Scholarship
  • Emmet J. McNamara Memorial Scholarship
  • Nelson Foundation Scholarships
  • Carl Olsen Endowed Scholarship
  • Beatrice & Reymont Paul Foundation Scholarships
  • Stratton Foundation Scholarships
  • Michael J. Swancutt Memorial Scholarship
  • Target Scholarships
  • Matilda Wilson Foundation Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out outside scholarship opportunities. CCS will accept any outside scholarships students obtain. CCS does not reduce institutional aid when additional scholarships are received, unless all tuition and fees are paid by the additional scholarship. In rare cases, a student may lose Michigan Tuition Grant/Competitive Scholarship or Subsidized Stafford loan eligibility if they exceed their Demonstrated Need calculation or may have loan funds reduced if they exceed their Cost of Attendance calculation (contact Financial Aid Office for more information).


Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

You are making a difference. In your classroom and in your community. If you have the passion to succeed—especially in fields of study important to the automotive and related industries—the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is looking for you. This year, we will award 100 renewable scholarships of up to $25,000 per year.

New and curent students are eligible and eligible majors include Automotive Design, Fine Arts - Sculpture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Product Design and Transportation Design.

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Loan Programs

Federal Subsidized Stafford Student Loan Program
A federally-subsidized, need-based loan program. Repayment begins six months after graduation, upon enrollment of less than half-time, or upon withdrawal from the College. More

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan Program
A federal, non-need-based loan program available to independent students or dependent students whose parents have been denied a PLUS loan. Repayment begins six months after graduation, upon enrollment of less than half-time, or upon withdrawal from the College. More

Federal Parent PLUS Program
Supplemental loans to parents of dependent students based on credit application. Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. More

Alternative/Private Loans
Private supplemental student loans offered by various banks based on a credit application. Most student applicants will require a cosigner. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Work Study Programs

Federal Work-Study Program
The federally-funded program provides on-campus jobs for students demonstrating financial need. Awards will be made to eligible students with remaining need to the extent of available funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michigan Work-Study Program
The state-funded work program provides on-campus jobs for Michigan residents demonstrating financial need.

Student Employment Program
The College-funded work program meets campus needs and employs students ineligible under federal or Michigan work-study programs.

If you have additional questions about work study or want to see available positions please contact Dorin Campbell at 313.664.7497.

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