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10 Steps for Enrollment: Spring 2019

Get ready to confirm your CCA attendance for spring 2019!

Check your email for your CCA student ID number, which you'll need it to make the deposit. Once you have your student ID number, see step 1 below.

Spring 2019 Important Dates

15: Confirm your attendance and submit your $300 enrollment deposit

1: Make your first fall payment and submit your payment worksheet, final transcripts, and test scores (if applicable)
1-15: Register for classes (online registration)
12: Housing application for Spring 2019 closes
Pay $300 damage & cleaning deposit and complete the housing license agreement

14: Move into the residence halls
15: Attend international orientation
16-17: Attend transfer and second-degree orientation
16-17: Attend first-year orientation
22: Classes begin


Follow these steps to ensure a successful start at CCA:

Step 1: Confirm Attendance

The journey to enrolling at CCA all starts here with your intent to enroll. Please confirm your attendance for the fall semester by May 1; spring semester by November 1 (or within two weeks of your admission offer, whichever is later).

To confirm your attendance, submit your nonrefundable $300 enrollment deposit ($115 registration fees; $185 enrollment) online using WebAdvisor.

Log in to your WebAdvisor account using your username (student ID number in this format: cca1234567) and password. From the Prospective Student menu, select Student Finance to make your online deposit. (Email if you cannot remember your WebAdvisor username or password.)

Note: Watch this tutorial for assistance with the WebAdvisor login instructions.

Join CCA’s student Facebook community. This private portal allows admitted undergraduates to meet online, prepare for orientation, and start off the first year at CCA already a community member.

Check your email for your invitation to join. Email if you have any questions.

Step 2: CCA Email and New WebAdvisor Account

After you have paid your $300 enrollment deposit, please contact the helpdesk to activate your new Webadvisor account and create your CCA email. Send an email to or call 510.594.5010, (M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm).

Once activated, you’ll immediately be able to send and receive email. Once created, all CCA email will be sent to your CCA email account.

Step 3: Financial Aid Office (Review/Accept)

If you have applied for aid, or met the priority deadlines for fall applicants, an aid award will follow shortly after your offer of admission.

After you have reviewed your award, please either log in to WebAdvisor to accept your fall and spring awards online or return the enclosed page indicating your acceptance of the aid offer, along with any outstanding documents.

Please also review the instructions for completing and returning your financial aid award letter on the back side of the award.

Step 4: Campus Housing

To apply for housing for Spring 2019, please contact the Housing office at or 510.594.3722. Housing is offered on a space-available basis. If a space is available, a staff person will contact you with next steps in regard to your application.

Completion of the housing application requires a $100 non-refundable housing application fee to enter the housing-assignment process.

After you select or are assigned a space in housing, an email will be sent to your CCA email address with confirmation of the space selected and information on how to submit the Housing License Agreement and the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee to reserve your space. (NOTE: Assignments are not reserved until the $300 refundable damage and cleaning fee is paid AND your Housing License Agreement is submitted. Make sure to click the “Submit” button on the Housing License Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your space not being reserved.)

Students who live in the first-year residence halls (Clifton and Irwin halls, Avenue Apartments) are required to purchase a $250 A2 Cafè meal card. Residents who live in transfer housing may independently purchase a meal card directly from A2 Cafè.

Questions? Contact Housing and Residential Life at or 510.594.3722.

Step 5: Get Registered and View your Transfer Credits

Submit a tuition payment by December 1 to be eligible for spring registration. (see “Make Your Payments” for details and payment deadlines). Preparation and registration instructions will be sent to your CCA email address by the first week of December. Follow all of the instructions to be registered in an initial schedule of classes (you will receive confirmation by December 20.)

All incoming students are encouraged to participate in early registration. If you are unable to do so, you will register at the late registration session during New Student Orientation.

Prepare to Register

Visit the Early Registration page for admitted students for details on how to prepare to register.

Step 6: Make a Payment on your Account

You will receive a paper statement that will include a link and instructions for completing the student accounts billing worksheet.

Download the instructions »

The first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due August 1; the first tuition payment for the spring semester is due December 1.

See Payment Plans & Methods to review different plans and their payment options.

Step 7: Health Insurance

All full-time students must have health insurance coverage. The college has secured an Aetna PPO group health insurance policy that provides year-round coverage.

All students are automatically enrolled in CCA’s student health insurance plan unless they submit an online waiver application.

See more information on health insurance, including minimum coverage requirements for waiving CCA’s health insurance plan, at our Health Insurance page.

Step 8: In Case of Emergency

RAVE is CCA's wireless campus-wide emergency response network to quickly inform the community about any situation that poses a threat to safety.

Log into your WebAdvisor account, select Emergency Contacts in the “User Account” section. Designate a cell phone, cell-phone provider, home phone, alternative email address, and opt in to receive SMS or voice alerts.

Step 9: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students)

Most International students must obtain a student F-1 visa to come to the United States to study. Begin this process by submitting an I-20 request form and a bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the cost of attending CCA for at least one academic year.

Download the I-20 Request Form. Please submit all required paperwork as soon as possible to allow ample time to apply for the visa.

See the I-20 & F-1 Visa Process Step by Step Guide for more information.

Step 10: Attend Orientation

New Student Orientation is a required, comprehensive, and personal introduction to California College of the Arts at which you will meet other students, faculty, and staff who will become an important part of your college experience.

Expanded information about each orientation opportunity is available online.


Computer Purchase

Digital technology has the potential to enhance the study and practice of all disciplines within art and design. CCA views computing as an essential tool and promotes the digital literacy of all students.

CCA highly recommends that all students have a computer to assist in their studies. Certain programs of study require the ownership of a laptop computer upon entry into the major, typically in a student's second year.

More information about student computing recommendations and requirements can be found here.

CCA students are eligible for computer purchase discounts, access to Adobe Creative Cloud and educational pricing on software to assist with the cost of these recommendations and requirements.

Disability & Access Services

Providing access to a diverse student population is embedded in CCA’s philosophy.

We recognize disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community.

Accordingly, CCA’s Disability / Access Services collaborates, under the Office of Dean of Students, collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.

The college promotes and facilitates awareness and access through training, partnerships, innovative programs, and accommodations.


The following assistance and services are available through Access and Wellness to eligible students who encounter barriers to full access or participation in the physical, curricular, or informational environments within the college:

  • Note-taking assistance
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Extended time on exams
  • Alternative test design or location
  • Physical accommodations for access
  • Access to text in alternative formats
  • Sign language interpreting: ASL interpreting or transliteration for academic and extracurricular activities

Accessing Support & Services

Students who want to use any of these services should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 510.594.3775 or to schedule an appointment.

Campus Employment

CCA’s various departments and offices offer opportunities for domestic and international students to gain work experience while in college.

CCA will not automatically place you in a job -- you must conduct your own job search and identify the opportunities that best fit your interests, skills, and class schedules.

On-campus student job listings are posted on the internal college job board called Workday. Once registered, students, as well as supervisors, can access the job board to search for jobs.

The International Student Affairs and Programs Office (ISAP) in collaboration with the Career Development Office hosts many different workshops for international students each semester related to employment:

  • Curricular Practical Training (off-campus internships)
  • Optional Practical Training (employment in the United States after graduation)
  • H-1B information sessions (employment in the United States after graduation in a “specialty occupation” requiring specialized knowledge and attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher)

International students with F-1 visas may work on campus 20 hours per week while classes are in session, and up to 40 hours per week during summer and holiday breaks.

Your Right to Know

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day CCA receives a request for access
  • The right to request the amendment of educational records that the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CCA to comply with the requirements of FERPA

For full details of your rights, see Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.