Tuition & Aid

2019/2020 Tuition & Fees

Full-time Enrollment (12 to 18 credits): $24,120 per semester/$48,240 per academic year
Part-time Enrollment: $1,608 per credit

Registration Fee: $100 per semester/$200 per academic year
Student Accident Insurance: $35 per year
Resource Fee: $590 per semester/$1,180 per academic year

Housing & Meal Plans

Housing Range: $3,200 to $3,600 per semester/$6,100 to $7,200 per academic year
*Taubman Center Housing requires students to have a Meal Plan

Meal Plan Range: $725 to $1,450 per semester/$1,570 to $3,160 per academic year

Additional housing information

Tuition Payment Options

  1. Full payment of tuition and fees at the time of registration.
  2. Deferred payment of tuition and fees. 
    Students must pay a minimum of $100 at the time of registration. All tuition and fees must be paid in full by August 1 for the Fall semester and December 14 for the Winter semester.
  3. ACI Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan
    The College for Creative Studies accepts tuition payments through ACI. ACI offers monthly interest-free payment plans as a way to pay the remainder of your tuition and fees. There is a $65.00 semester enrollment fee for this option. For enrollment or additional information please visit the link below. Students may pay tuition and fees online, by mail or at the Cashiers Office.

    Sign up for payment plan

Scholarships & Financial Aid

MFA Scholarships

Applicants are automatically considered for CCS Scholarships upon completion of the admission requirements. Awards are based on the portfolio review, academic achievement, the interview and the applicant's potential for success. If an applicant is awarded a CCS MFA Scholarship, the applicant will receive notification of this scholarship along with their acceptance letter. Recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue receiving these scholarships. Students receiving tuition assistance from their employer or country will not be eligible for these scholarships.

MFA Need-Based Financial Aid

All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based financial aid, which can be located on the Department of Education's website at The recommended filing deadline for Michigan residents who want to be considered for state aid is March 1.

CCS' Title IV code is 006771.

Loan Programs

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program

A federal, non-need-based loan program available to students who have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Repayment begins six months after graduation, upon enrollment of less than half-time or upon withdrawal from the College.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program

Supplemental loan from the based on credit application. Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.

Alternative Loan Program

Credit-based loans from private lenders. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for Federal Direct Loans is determined by an analysis of family resources calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive Federal Direct Loans from the College, students must:

  1. Be accepted for enrollment in a graduate degree program.
  2. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours (for Direct Loans).
  5. Be registered with Selective Service (or be exempt).
  6. Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.
  7. Not owe a refund on previous Title IV funds received or be in default on any federal student loan.

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CCS also awards scholarships based on merit. Students may qualify for these scholarships based on the strength of their admission application and required documents at the time of admittance to the College. No additional application is required for these scholarships.

Students receiving tuition assistance from their employers will have their tuition scholarship reduced accordingly.

Duration of Eligibility

Full-time students may receive financial aid for a maximum of three years (six semesters) of full-time awards. Half-time students are eligible for a maximum of six years (12 semesters) of half-time awards. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Proration of Financial Aid

Financial aid is initially awarded based on full-time enrollment. For students enrolled less than full-time, federal, state and institutional scholarships and grants will be prorated using the following formula. Scholarships from outside entities are not prorated unless required by the donor. Loan amounts do not change unless requested by the students.

  • 11.5 – 9 credits – 75%
  • 8.5 – 6 credits – 50%
  • Less than 6 credits – 0

Return of Title IV Funds

This policy applies to students who are eligible for Title IV funds and withdraw prior to the 60-percent period (described below). This determines a student’s amount of Title IV funds earned for said period. The term “Title IV Funds” refers to federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs available to graduate students at the College for Creative Studies: unsubsidized FFEL loans, subsidized FFEL loans and FFEL PLUS loans.

A student’s withdrawal date is the date the student began the institution’s withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw or the midpoint of the period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution, or the student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity. Title IV aid is earned in a prorated manner based on calendar days, including weekends (and holidays no longer than five consecutive days), up to the 60-percent point in the semester, after which point Title IV aid is viewed as 100-percent earned. A copy of the worksheet used for this calculation can be requested from the Office of Financial Aid. In accordance with federal regulations, when it is determined that the return of Title IV funds is required, they shall be returned in the following order: unsubsidized FFEL loans, subsidized FFEL loan, FFEL PLUS and other Title IV funds. The College for Creative Studies is responsible for providing each student with the information given in this policy, identifying students who are affected by this policy and completing the Return of Title IV funds calculation for said students. The student is responsible for returning any Title IV funds that were disbursed directly to the student and which the student was determined to be ineligible for via the Return of Title IV Funds calculation. The policy listed above supersedes those published previously and is subject to change at any time. Any notification of a withdrawal or cancellation and request for a refund should be in writing and addressed to the appropriate institutional office.

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 (MFA) 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.