Scholarship & Aid

Scholarships and Grants

Merit and need based scholarships and grants are awards that do not require repayment.

CCS Graduate Scholarships

By completing your application to CCS, you are automatically considered for a graduate scholarship. We base scholarship awards on your portfolio, academic record, interview and potential for success in your Master of Fine Arts program.
Admitted applicants who have been awarded a CCS MFA Scholarship will receive notification of the scholarship in their acceptance letter.

Enrolled students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to continue receiving their scholarship funding.
Note: If you are receiving tuition assistance from your employer or country, you are not eligible for these scholarships.

International Student Grant

New and returning International students are awarded $1,500 in the first semester of enrollment each academic year. This award is in addition to the CCS Graduate Scholarship.

Loans

Loans are financial aid components available to U.S. citizens that require repayment—with interest.

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Student Loan Program

These are fixed-rate, non-need-based loans that are available to all students who have completed the FAFSA . The Unsubsidized Direct Loan begins accruing interest from the time the loan is disbursed. Repayment of this loan begins 6 months after graduation, withdraw from school or drop below half-time enrollment status (< 6 credits). Learn more about Federal Unsubsidized Direct Student Loans.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Program

“Grad Plus” fixed-rate loans are based on a credit application, which you apply online through StudentLoans.gov. This loan program allows you to make up the difference between the cost of your education and all other financial aid awards. Repayment of this loan begins 6 months after graduation, withdraw from school or drop below half-time enrollment status (< 6 credits). Learn more about Federal Graduate PLUS Loans.

Alternative Loan Program

These are credit-based loans from private lenders. For information on private loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

FEDERAL UNSUBSIDIZED DIRECT LOANFEDERAL GRADUATE PLUS LOANALTERNATIVE LOAN
Brief DescriptionA federal student loan, made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program that eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools.A federal student loan, made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program that eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools.A nonfederal loan made by a lender such as a bank, credit union or national lender; usually with a co-signer. It is intended to supplement a student’s financial aid package.
LenderDepartment of EdDepartment of EdPrivate Lender
Annual Amount$20,500 Maximum amount = cost of education minus other financial aid. – See financial aid notification letter.Maximum amount = cost of education minus other financial aid. – See financial aid notification letter.
Interest RateFixed rate of 4.53% Fixed rate of 6.08%Varies based on lender and credit score
Fees1.059% origination fee, deducted before disbursement.4.236% origination fee, deducted before disbursement.Varies per lender
DisbursementTotal award will be split equally between the Fall and Winter semestersTotal award will be split equally between the Fall and Winter semestersTotal award will be split equally between the Fall and Winter semesters unless specified otherwise on the loan application
RepaymentWith in-School deferment, repayment begins 6 months after the student leaves school or drops below 6 credits enrolled.Repayment begins 6 months after the student leaves school or drops below 6 credits enrolled.Varies per lender
Get more informationVisit Federal Student AidVisit Federal Student AidSee alternative loan info
Get applicationCompleted when applying for FAFSAApplied at StudentLoans.govSee alternative loan info

Work Study Programs

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 the Office of Financial Aid at 313.664.7495.

View CCS's open work study positions

Graduate Assistant

Graduate assistant positions are available on a limited basis each academic year for both new and current students. Types of GA (graduation assistant) positions within the Graduate Programs Office vary from research, tutoring, clerical/administrative or studio/lab support. The positions are paid hourly with work schedules to be determined by faculty or administrative supervisor.