In addition to over $100,000 in scholarships awarded by the college, at least one annual full-tuition scholarship is awarded in memory of Marcella Cleese through a generous endowment created by her friends.

Merit Scholarships

CCA offers highly competitive merit scholarships in amounts up to $2600. Awards are based on a student's creative ability (as demonstrated by their portfolio), academic achievement (GPA), and scholarship essay. The merit scholarship competition is open to U.S. citizens only.

Need-Based Scholarships

Tuition scholarship assistance is available to those with documented financial need. We do our very best to distribute our scholarship money so that as many applicants as possible may be able to attend the Pre-College Program. Need-based awards can range from $500 to $2600.

Award amounts are based on a student's academic achievement, demonstrated artistic promise, financial need and scholarship essays. Need-based scholarships are for U.S. citizens only.

Students who submit all required scholarship application materials for a need-based scholarship by March 14 are automatically considered for the merit scholarship.

Applying for Scholarships

All of the following items must be postmarked by March 14 for scholarship consideration.

For both merit and need-based applications:

  • All required materials for application to the program including 2016 Pre-College application with deposits for tuition and housing, if desired.

  • A portfolio consisting of five to eight pieces of your artwork. Applicants may submit their portfolio for review online using SlideRoom ($10.00 fee) or by mail sending a CD-ROM or flashdrive to the Pre-College Office: 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618. Please label each piece with your full name, media, dimensions, and year completed. Due to the possibility of lost, stolen, or damaged artwork, the college cannot accept delivery of original pieces of art. If you submit photographs, please indicate whether they were printed commercially or by you.

Video submissions are accepted for Film applicants only.

Creative Writing applicants should submit two to five pages of writing samples. To upload with your online application, you must save your writing samples as PDFs.

  • A half-page essay describing your artistic interests and goals, and the reasons for your interest in attending CCA’s Pre-College Program.

Additional Items for need-based applications:

  • A copy of your family’s 2015 U.S. federal income-tax return. Your family should also document any child support received (or paid) and any other money received that is not reported on the tax return.

On an individual basis, where necessary, CCA may request further financial documentation. You will not be considered for scholarships if you do not include the 2015 US tax return.

  • A written statement by a parent/guardian, high school counselor, or art teacher describing why you need financial assistance to attend the program.

For commonly asked scholarship questions, please see our FAQ.