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 $33 million.

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

Need-Based Grants and Scholarships

To qualify for most need-based grants and scholarships students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Some federal and state funds may require additional application as noted.  Grants and scholarships are what is called “gift aid” and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Pell Grant
A federally funded grant of $606 to $5,920 per academic year for undergraduate students demonstrating high financial need.  Unlike most other kinds of financial aid this grant is available to students attending less than part-time.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
A federally funded, College-administered grant for undergraduate students demonstrating high financial need.  Awards are made to students who’s Expected Family Contribution (calculated by the FAFSA) qualifies them to receive federal Pell Grants in that year to the extent of available funds.

CCS Tuition Grant
Institutionally funded need-based grant program. Amounts vary based on need and academic achievement.  Awarded to students with qualifying financial need who are not eligible for the federal SEOG Grant or after all SEOG funds have been expended for the academic year.

Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarships
The Michigan Department of Education awards tuition grants and scholarships annually to Michigan residents demonstrating financial need at independent colleges or universities in Michigan.  To ensure eligibility students are encouraged to file their FAFSA by March 1st for the coming academic year.  Current funding allows for awards of up to $2000 per year. 

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
To qualify for TIP a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for at least two years between age nine and high school graduation.  CCS is a Phase II school so to qualify to use their funding at CCS, students must have completed an associate’s degree or have completed 56 transferable credits.  Eligible students can receive up to $500 per semester up to a maximum of $2000.  Visit www.michigan.gov/missg to check eligibility and complete an application.

Michigan Children of Veterans (CVGT)
The Michigan Children of Veterans Grant is available to children of certain deceased or disabled veterans of the United States armed forces.  Recipients must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six; have been the natural or adopted child of the service member and have been a Michigan resident for the 12 months prior to application. Recipients can receive up to $2800 per year up to a maximum of $11,200.  Visit www.michigan.gov/studentaid to learn more and download the program application. 

Michigan Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS)
FFS provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for that can be applied toward tuition, fees, room/board, books, and supplies/equipment required for enrollment.  The FFS is available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.  A separate application is required and is generally due approximately two months before the academic year begins.  Visit www.michigan.gov/studentaid to learn more and download the program application.

Michigan Educational Training Voucher (ETV)
To qualify for the ETV applicants must meet Michigan’s Foster Youth in Transition (YIT) fund eligibility requirements. Foster youth who were adopted on or after their 16th birthday are also eligible. Qualified applicants are able to utilize the voucher through their 23rd birthdays.  A separate application is required.  Visit www.mietv.samaritas.org for more information.

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 $10,000 to $17,000 per year. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to continue receiving these scholarships.

CCS Walter B. Ford II Award of Excellence

Applicants who complete all parts of the application process by our Dec. 1 Early Action deadline will be reviewed by faculty and the admissions team, for our Walter B. Ford II Award of Excellence (AOE) merit scholarships. AOE scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate a high level of creativity and skill, the potential for success in both studio and academic classes, and interest in fully engaging in the campus community at CCS.

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.

  • Albom Detroit Dream Fund
  • Albom Detroit Dream Scholars Fund
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • James Banton Endowed Scholarship
  • Berman Family Scholarship
  • Booth Family Crafts Scholarship
  • Bowersox Gold Key Scholastics Scholarship
  • Maxine Brewer Memorial Scholarship/Harry Smallenberg Scholarship
  • John Broutin Scholarship Fund
  • Bordinat Memorial Scholarship
  • Campbell-Ewald Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Don Gould
  • CCS Congressional Arts Competition Scholarship
  • CCS Detroit Public School Student Exhibition Scholarship
  • CCS Employee Funded Scholarship
  • CCS FIRST Scholarship
  • CCS IHSAE – Illinois Regional Scholarship
  • CCS Lake Geauga – Ohio Regional Scholarship
  • CCS National Art Honor Society of Michigan Scholarship
  • CCS National Scholastics Scholarship
  • CCS Ohio Governor’s Scholarship
  • Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Scholarship
  • G.D. Crain Award
  • Keith E. Crain Transportation Design Scholarship
  • Albert and Peggy deSalle Scholarship Fund
  • Detroit Dream Scholarship
  • Detroit Society of Women Painters
  • Rita E. Dilanian Endowed Scholarship
  • Paul and Helen Farago Endowed Scholarship
  • Cornelia & Audrey Farley Scholarship
  • Benson and Edith Ford Scholarship
  • William Clay Ford Scholarship
  • Ford Blue Oval Scholarships
  • Ford WPP Team Detroit Scholarship
  • Barbara C. Frey Scholarship
  • General Motors Foundation Scholarship
  • James S. Goldwasser Award
  • James C. Gordon Memorial Scholarship
  • Hagopian World of Rugs Scholarship
  • Charles M. Jordan Memorial Scholarship
  • Leo Burnett Detroit Minority Scholarship
  • DeNeatra Love Scholarship
  • Emmet McNamara Scholarship
  • Michelin Scholarship in Honor of Carl Olsen
  • Imre Molnar Artistic Achievement Awards
  • George Moon Memorial Scholarship
  • David Robert & Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letters Scholarship
  • Steve Nickerson Memorial Scholarship
  • Carl Olson Endowed Scholarship
  • Beatrice & Reymont Paul Foundation Scholarship
  • Stephen Polk Scholarship
  • Merlin and Elenore Robertson Memorial Scholarship
  • Olivia Spolyar Gold Key Scholastics Photography Scholarship
  • Michael J. Swancutt Endowed Scholarship
  • Target Corporation Scholarship
  • James E. Ward Memorial Scholarship
  • Jill & Todd Watson Scholarship
  • Matilda Wilson Foundation Scholarship

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

Learn More

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. More

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.

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

View CCS's open work study positions

New Students applying for Veteran benefits for the first time, need to:

  1. Complete the Application for VA education Benefits online at:www.gibill.va.gov
  2. Once you have registered for your classes please complete the REQUEST FOR VA ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATION.  This form will need to be completed each semester you wish to receive VA benefits.
  3. Bring a copy of your VA application, Certificate of Eligibility letter and the VA Enrollment Certification form for the current semester to the VA Certifying Official, Karen LaDucer, located in the Office of Academic Advising and Registration in the Yamasaki Building.

If you have used your VA benefits at another institution, you will need to:

  1. Complete Form 22-1995 Request for Change of VA Education Program Place of Training.  www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/education_forms.htm
  2. Once you have registered for your classes please complete the REQUEST FOR VA ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATION.  This form will need to be completed each semester you wish to receive VA benefits.
  3. Bring copies of your VA application, Certificate of Eligibility letter, Form 22-1995 and the VA Enrollment Certification form for the current semester to the VA Certifying Official, Karen LaDucer, located in the office of Academic Advising and Registration in the Yamasaki Building.

Returning Students, need to:

  1.  Once you have registered for your classes please complete the REQUEST FOR VA ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATION.  This form will need to be completed each semester you wish to receive VA benefits.  Bring completed for to the VA Certifying Official located in the office of Academic Advising and Registration in the Yamasaki Building

All changes of address, majors, withdrawals from courses must be reported immediately to the VA Certifying official.

Questions? Email  in the Academic Advising and Registration Office.

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