Tuition & Aid

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by an analysis of family resources calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive need-based financial assistance from the College, students must:

  1. Demonstrate financial need. 
  2. Be accepted for enrollment in a degree program. 
  3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. 
  5. Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours (for Direct Loans). 
  6. Be registered with Selective Service (or be exempt). 
  7. Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent. 
  8. 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 composite score (portfolio, GPA and test scores) 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.

The Financial Aid Process

1) Apply for Admissions

In addition to completing a FAFSA, a student must be admitted to CCS to be considered for financial aid. For most forms of financial aid, students must be enrolled at least half time in a degree granting curriculum.

Begin your CCS application

2) Complete the FAFSA

The financial aid process begins with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the only application that CCS uses to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional awards such as loans, grants and work-study. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents with proper documentation are eligible to complete a FAFSA.

Begin your FAFSA application

3) What Happens Next

Once a student is admitted, has completed the FAFSA and has submitted any required verification documents, the Financial Aid Office will prepare and mail an award letter to the student. The award letter will contain your estimated out of pocket costs (tuition and fees only, minus your total financial aid award) along with the amount and type(s) of aid offered. In most cases, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Don’t forget to include housing and a meal plan, if you plan to live on campus in your budget, as these are NOT included in your award letter estimates. The student must accept or decline each award that is offered and return a signed copy to the Financial Aid Office. Grants and scholarships are offered and accepted automatically.

If you require additional funds to cover your cost of attendance, parents of dependent students may consider applying for the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Students may also consider applying for an alternative/private loan

The Financial Aid Office will continue to work with you during your time at CCS to ensure that you receive any aid that you are eligible for based on federal requirements.

4) Completing Requirements

After a student has accepted his or her aid offer there are additional requirements for some loans, such as promissory notes and entrance counseling that may need to be completed. If you are unsure about that status of your additional requirements please contact your financial aid counselor.

Did you know?

A majority of students and their parents ruled out specific colleges based solely on published sticker prices without considering how much scholarship and financial aid they might receive?

CCS is dedicated to making every effort to remove cost as a barrier to attending the College and to assist you in planning your finances from the day you begin your studies until you graduate. Currently 98 percent of CCS students receive some combination of scholarship, grant, loan and employment assistance, totaling approximately $32 million.

You may qualify for a CCS scholarship!

Simply complete the application process and once we’re able to admit you, we will determine if you qualify for one of our merit-based CCS Scholarships or CCS Awards. Awards for December 1 Early Action applicants will be announced on December 15th via US Mail. For those applying by (or after) the February 1 priority deadline will receive their scholarship offer with their letter of admittance.

72% of students and their parents...

Survey results suggest that 72 percent of students and their parents have not calculated net tuition prices.

If you apply by our December 1 Early Action deadline, and you qualify for a CCS Scholarship or CCS Award, you will receive your scholarship information on December 15. If you apply after December 1, and you qualify for a CCS Scholarship or CCS Award, we will include this information with your acceptance letter. All applicants are considered for these awards during the admissions process. Awards are based on artistic and academic achievement and range between $10,000 and $17,000 per year. These awards will continue for four years as long as you maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

In addition, admitted students who’ve completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will learn if they qualify for any federal or state grants or federal student loans. The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2017 and will ask for "prior-prior year" income. This means you will use your 2016 Tax Return information, not your prior year Tax Return, as has been required in the past. You’ll need our school code - 006771.

After you complete the admissions process and file the FAFSA, we will be able to send you your entire financial aid award package. We begin processing financial aid award package letters in March and this letter will contain your estimated out of pocket costs (tuition and fees, minus your total financial aid award – your net price) along with the amount and type(s) of aid offered. Many of our applicants are pleasantly surprised to learn that they can afford an outstanding education at CCS!

We understand that selecting a college is a difficult decision and we would like the opportunity to provide you with additional financial information to assist you in making this decision. We also understand that financial aid can be confusing and overwhelming and we are always available to help you through the process. We encourage you to explore this website for information. If you are unable to locate the information you seek please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office at 313.664.7495 for assistance, we’re here to help!

Veteran and Military Assistance

CCS is approved for veteran assistance to students receiving Chapters 30, 31,33, 35, and 1606 educational benefits. CCS also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for Chapter 33 students. Active Duty National Guard candidates may qualify for the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program.
Veterans seeking tuition assistance must complete the application and additional information found on the VA website: Students should bring a copy of their VA application and Certificate of Eligibility letter to the School Certifying Official, Karen LaDucer, located in the Office of Academic Advising and Registration in the Yamasaki Building, 1st Floor. 

Questions regarding veteran and military assistance may be directed to Karen LaDucer at via phone at 313-664-7671.