Frequently Asked Questions

Do my high school transcripts have to be in by the priority postmark deadline?
Will I be notified when the college receives my application?
What’s the average amount of a scholarship award?
Can I submit 2012 tax returns instead of 2013 for the scholarship application?
Do I have to pay the application fee and deposits if I am applying for scholarship?
How many pieces should I include in my scholarship portfolio?
What is the best way to submit my portfolio for scholarship consideration?
What is your attendance policy?
What is the neighborhood like?
Where do Pre-College students live?
What should students bring to live in the dorms?
How are the students supervised?
Will there be internet access?
How much money do students need?
How does my student get from the airport to CCA?
Where are the nearest banking facilities?
When will I get my housing deposit refunded?
When will I get my grade?
How can I get a copy of my official CCA Pre-College transcripts?
How do I find out more about CCA undergraduate programs?

Do my high school transcripts have to be in by the priority postmark deadline?

Your application is not considered complete until we receive a copy of your official transcript(s). For priority consideration, you should make sure that we receive your application and transcript(s) by the priority application deadline. Your application will not be reviewed until we receive your transcript(s).

Transcripts must include grades from fall 2013. We recommend that you order transcripts from your high school as soon as possible in the spring. Most schools take at least two weeks to send out a transcript. Please be aware that high school administrative offices often close during spring break and your transcript request may not get processed during that week.

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Will I be notified when the college receives my application?

Yes. An email will be sent to the address provided once your application has been processed. Please allow 5 to 10 business days to process applications.

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What’s the average amount of a scholarship award?

CCA awards over $100,000 in Pre-College scholarships each year. Merit scholarships are in the amount of $2,500. Because the number of students applying for scholarships and their financial need varies from year to year, it is not possible for us to state what the average need-based scholarship will be for summer 2014.

We do our very best to distribute our scholarship money so that as many applicants as possible may be able to attend our program. Some students only need a few hundred dollars, some students need $1,000, some students need more.

For summer 2011, 20 percent of scholarship applicants received between $300 and $750, 20 percent of scholarship applicants received between $800 and $1,100, 33 percent of scholarship applicants received between $1,300 and $1,750, 19 percent of scholarship applicants received between $1,800 and $2,000, and 5 percent received a full-tuition scholarship, 3 percent of scholarship applicants received no scholarship award.

In addition to demonstrated financial need, applicants with strong artwork and high GPA’s receive the most financial support.

Scholarships are for tuition only.

In rare instances, when we have an extraordinary applicant with remarkable financial need, we may be able to offer a partial housing payment reduction.

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Can I submit 2012 taxes returns instead of 2013 for the scholarship application?

Unfortunately, we cannot use 2012 taxes returns for your scholarship application. We need the 2013 tax returns because they provide us with the most accurate and up to date financial information. We realize this means many parents will have to complete their taxes early in order to make the March 21nd deadline. This time line allows us to inform you of your financial aid offer at the same time we send out acceptance letters. Parents and students who will be applying for financial aid for college should be aware that many institutions will have even earlier deadlines.

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Do I have to pay the application fee and deposits, if I am applying for scholarship?

Yes. Please note: The $125 tuition deposit and $100 housing deposits are refundable by May 6. Only the $55 application fee is nonrefundable. Scholarships are for tuition only. Scholarship applicants should make plans to pay for housing, the housing damage deposit and optional meal plans.

If you are having financial difficulty with the $55 application fee and deposit requirements, please contact the Pre-College Coordinator at, precollege@cca.edu., or 510.594.3638 to discuss.

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How many pieces should I include in my scholarship portfolio?

For artwork, please submit only five to eight pieces that reflect your best work. Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples.

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What is the best way to submit my portfolio for scholarship consideration?

You can email saved JPGs to precollege@cca.edu. Please keep the resolution at 72dpi. Please do not create a PowerPoint presentation of your work. We will also accept a CD-Rom, slides or photographs of your work. You can also upload images to the online application.

Video submissions are accepted for Film applicants only. No original artwork accepted. We cannot return portfolios.

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What is your attendance policy?

Students are expected to arrive to all classes on time. Three late arrivals or early departures (15 minutes) will count as one absence. Unexcused absences will negatively impact the students’ grade. Parents will be notified after the second absence in any class. Three unexcused absences in a given course will constitute a failing grade.

Students must attend first and last day of classes, including the final ceremony.

If a student will be absent (not tardy), he or she is required to call and leave a message for the Pre-College coordinator at 510.594.3638.

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What is the neighborhood like?

The Oakland campus is located in the Rockridge District, a charming residential neighborhood. Nearby, College Avenue is populated with a diverse range of restaurants, bookstores, cafés, and retail stores.

The Rockridge shopping center is adjacent to the college and offers a supermarket, a drugstore, restaurants, and other resources. Oakland is a diverse and dynamic urban setting with a thriving and unique art scene.

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Where do Pre-College Students live?

Many students commute to CCA but over half of our students reside in on-campus residential housing. The residence halls are double rooms, quads or suite-style rooms with semiprivate bathrooms and house two to four students. Common kitchens and lounge areas also exist for residents to use.

Rooms are equipped with extra-long twin beds, dresser, chair, desk and a small refrigerator. A suggested list of what to bring will be mailed to students accepted into the residence halls.

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What should students bring to live in the dorms?

(This information will be mailed to students who receive housing.)

Clifton Hall and Irwin Hall students are provided with an extra long twin bed, dresser, and window coverings. All residents have access to kitchens equipped with ovens, stoves, and sinks. Clifton Hall and Irwin Hall rooms come with desks to share, microwave ovens, and small refrigerator/freezer units. Clifton and Irwin Hall residents have access to lounge areas that are equipped with televisions and DVD players.

We will provide cooking utensils, pots and pans, dish soap and sponges, colanders and dish racks for the kitchen common area for students who wish to cook their own meals.

Academic supplies
Alarm clock
Bath mat
Blanket
Can opener
Carry-all shower tote
Fork, Knife, Spoon
Ethernet Cable
Fan
First-aid supplies
Hair dryer
Hangers
Laundry bag
Laundry detergent
Laundry quarters
Prescription medicine
Pillow
Plates / bowls
Slippers
Soap
Toothbrush / toothpaste
Towel / wash-cloth
Twin X-long sheets

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How are the students supervised?

The Residential Life Office strives to provide a safe and secure living environment that encourages the personal and artistic growth of all residents. Living in campus housing can be a great learning experience and a lot of fun. CCA housing is staffed and supervised by area coordinators, resident advisors, and a graduate intern.

Area coordinators are professional, live-in staff members who oversee all aspects of residential life. Resident advisors are currently enrolled CCA students who are trained in community building, problem solving, and emergency procedures.

A nightly curfew of 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, is strictly enforced. Residential students are not allowed to bring vehicles. Additional information regarding residential policies will be provided to accepted applicants. CCA Residential Life policies apply to all residential students, including all guests.

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Will there be Internet access?

Yes. All rooms have Internet access. Internet connection information will be provided upon check in. Laundry facilities also are available.

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How much money do students need?

All art supplies are covered in the tuition costs. Please note that all we can provide are suggestions and that you should try to estimate based on your experience of what your student’s eating and spending habits are.

The amount of money needed for meals will vary. A trip to the grocery store may average $50–75 a week. If the student eats out instead of cooking at the residence halls, they will need to bring more money. The student will want spending money for field trips, etc.

The most convenient and safe way bring money would be to use ATM, debit cards, or credit cards. Students should bring some cash with them, but like any conscientious traveler, they should avoid carrying large amounts of cash on their person.

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How does my student get from the airport to CCA?

Most students get to campus using Door-to-Door shuttle services for hire. Students can also take BART or some get picked up by family or friends who live in the area. If the student needs to schedule a shuttle we recommend looking at the list of companies available on the airport websites. Because students arrive at different times from all over the United States as well as internationally, CCA does not provide a pick-up service.

Oakland International Airport Transportation Services

San Francisco International Airport Transportation Services

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Where are the nearest banking facilities?

Three banks are located within a block of CCA's Oakland campus: Bank of America, Chase Manhattan, and Wells Fargo Bank.

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When will I get my housing deposit refunded?

Damage deposit refunds are issued 4–6 weeks after the program ends, less any cleaning or damage charges that have been incurred.

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When will I get my grade?

An unofficial copy of your grade will be mailed to you 4–6 weeks after the program ends. To obtain an official copy of your CCA transcripts, please see Student Records.

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How can I get a copy of my official CCA Pre-College transcripts?

Please see Student Records.

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How do I find out more about CCA undergraduate programs?

Please see Undergraduate Admission.

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