CCS is committed to helping you fund your education by offering competitive scholarship opportunities from the day you begin your studies until you graduate.



CCS Scholarships

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 can vary from student to student during the admission process.

Awards for December 1 Early Action applicants will be announced on December 15 via US Mail. Those applying by (or after) the February 1 Priority Deadline will receive their scholarship offer with their letter of admittance.

Additional CCS Scholarships

Valade Scholars – Incoming Art Practice Freshman

The College for Creative Studies’ inaugural Valade Scholarship seeks to reward excellence in the visual arts. CCS incoming freshmen of exceptional promise — with a 3.0 high school gpa and who work within and between the disciplines of painting, drawing, print or digital media, sculpture, installation and performance — are all eligible to apply.

One incoming freshman will receive a $50,000 award, to be distributed in $12,500 increments over the course of four years. Deadline: December 1.

Transfer Achievement Award

Admitted transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) may be eligible for a $1,000 Transfer Achievement Scholarship. This Award is renewable for each enrolled term. To maintain this Award, students must maintain a CCS cumulative GPA over 2.5.

Frontliners Create Change Award 

The College for Creative Studies, recognizes and appreciates the work of Michigan’s frontline workers and the impact of the pandemic on their lives and the lives of their families. In recognition and gratitude for your efforts during Michigan’s COVID-19 shutdown and beyond-  CCS is pleased to announce the Frontliners Create Change Award.

New Transfer students who have not previously enrolled in a credit-bearing program at CCS, and who have been approved for the Futures for Frontliners program will be eligible to receive an additional $4,000 per year*. This is in addition to our generous merit scholarships and any additional financial aid you may qualify for.


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).

CCS accepts any of the following outside scholarships or resources that students obtain:

  • Student or parent employer (tuition reimbursement, scholarship programs, and incentive programs)
  • Local community organizations (Lions, Rotary, or Kiwanis clubs, churches, sports groups, women’s/men’s groups, arts organizations)
  • National foundations (breast cancer, Alzheimers, Multiple Sclerosis awareness, etc.)
  • Big box stores/retailers (Meijer, Walmart, Target, Lowes)
  • Fast food chains (McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell)
  • Local city, townships and state municipals

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Tuition Rewards® Program at CCS

To help make a high-quality college education financially accessible to more families, the College for Creative Studies participates in the Tuition Rewards® enrollment consortium sponsored by SAGE Scholars. The program allows families who are saving for college by investing or making deposits with participating 529 Plans, banks, credit unions and other institutions/employers to earn “points” (similar to frequent flyer mileage points) that can be redeemed for guaranteed minimum scholarships to CCS for up to $35,700.

The scholarships are spread evenly over four undergraduate years, starting with the freshman year. The Tuition Rewards program is coordinated nationally by an independent organization, Savings And Growth for Education (SAGE).  One point has a value of one dollar.

Families participating in Tuition Rewards need to submit the Student’s rewards statement to CCS at the time of application for admission.  This is done by the “sponsor” by logging onto the “Account Statement” page at and forwarding the rewards statement to CCS. Statements submitted after CCS has prepared a financial aid package for the student may invalidate use of Tuition Rewards.

We at CCS are committed to making a high-quality private education affordable to all students. We encourage students participating in Tuition Rewards to apply for admission and to review our generous and responsive financial aid programs. The results of a CCS degree are impressive and the accomplishments of our alumni clearly demonstrate this. They occupy senior management positions, run their own companies, are respected exhibiting artists and sought-after experts in their fields. CCS graduates today are working for companies such as Pixar, Sony Dreamworks, Motorola, Whirlpool, Nike, Reebok, Bongo Comics, Trek Bicycles, Shinola, Fossil, Airstream, Henry Ford Health System, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, Volvo and many more.