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10 Steps for Enrollment: Undergraduates

Congratulations and Welcome to California College of the Arts!

10 Steps for Enrollment is a guide to complete enrollment at CCA for new undergraduate students in Fall 2019.

Several steps are completed in our student system, Workday. We have built interactive walk-throughs for navigating and completing tasks in Workday using the browser extension WalkMe.

View the Download WalkMe Extension step by step guide to install the WalkMe extension.

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Make your Temporary Admissions Login:

  • View your financial aid package
  • View your transfer credit (for transfer students)
  • Make your enrollment deposit

To do this, go to Manage CCA Account Step by Step Guide.

Financial Aid Information

If you submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act application to CCA, you will receive a financial aid award letter in the mail. You can expect your financial aid award letter one week after you receive you offer of admission and your financial aid application has been received.

US citizens and eligible noncitizens that have not yet applied for financial aid can view Financial Aid: Next Steps for instructions on applying for aid.

For instructions on viewing your financial aid, search for Manage Financial Aid in Workday's WalkMe, or follow the View Financial Aid step by step guide.

Transfer Credit Information

For instructions on viewing your transfer credit, follow the View Transfer Credits step by step guide.

Step 1: Confirm Your Attendance

Your journey to enrolling at CCA all starts with your intent to enroll. Confirm your attendance for the fall semester by May 1.

To confirm attendance, submit your non-refundable $300 enrollment deposit ($115 registration fees; $185 enrollment) using your Temporary Admissions Login at

Follow Pay Enrollment Deposit step by step guide for instructions on paying your enrollment deposit.

Step 2: Create your CCA Account

Please allow one business day for your enrollment deposit to be processed. Once it has been processed, you will receive an email notification prompting you to create your CCA Account.

Use Manage CCA Account step by step guide to create your CCA Account.

Once created, you'll use your CCA Account to access your CCA email address, register for classes, and access other student tools and resources.

Step 3: Take Action on Financial Aid Package

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.

Follow the instructions in View Financial Aid (Accept/Decline Awards) step by step guide to take action on financial aid awards.

  • You can also search Manage Financial Aid or View/Accept Awards in WalkMe’s Help pop-up for an interactive walk-through of how to view and accept your financial aid.

If you are a non-US citizen, you may receive a merit-based scholarship instead of federal financial aid.

Step 4: Campus Housing

The Housing & Residential Life staff provides a supportive residential community that honors the whole student through co-curricular experiences and learning.

If you are applying for Housing AFTER our Priority Deadline date of May 15 at 12:00PM Noon, you will need to contact Housing at or call us at 510-594-3722 to be granted access to our General Housing Application to participate in stand-by housing selection and placement. (NOTE: Students must complete steps 1 & 2 of the enrollment process before they can apply for housing. Once you have activated your CCA email account (Step 2) please wait at least one full college business day prior to applying for housing).

All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.

After you are assigned a space in housing, an email will be sent to your CCA email address with a confirmation of the space assigned 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 submit the Housing License Agreement. Make sure to click ‘SUBMIT’ on the Housing License Agreement. Failure to do so will result in your space not being reserved.)


  • Students who live in the First-Year Communities (Clifton, Irwin and Blattner) are required to purchase a $250 A2 Cafè meal card.

Questions? Contact Housing and Residential Life at or 510.594.3722.

Step 5: 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, a bank statement that demonstrates your ability to cover the cost of attending CCA for at least one academic year and copy of the first two pages of your passport.

Please submit all required paperwork as soon as possible to allow ample time to apply for the visa.

Step 6: Register for Classes (available in June)

Early Registration for fall begins in June. Early Registration for spring begins in December.

All incoming students are encouraged to participate in Early Registration. Submit an enrollment deposit (and first tuition payment, when applicable) and create your CCA account to be eligible for registration in the upcoming semester. When you become eligible, you will be prompted to participate in the early registration process via Workday. Students typically receive confirmation of their registration within four weeks of initiating the process.

Those who are unable to participate in Early Registration will be invited to make an advising appointment during New Student Orientation.

Step 7: Make a Payment on your Account

The first tuition payment for the fall semester is due August 1. The Fall 2019 tuition and fee charges will appear in Workday after July 1st. Please download the billing worksheet to calculate the payment due and enroll in a payment plan. Refer to our billing page for more information.

Step 8: Health Insurance (available in June)

All full-time students must have comprehensive health insurance coverage. The college has secured an Aetna PPO health insurance policy that provides annual coverage from August 1st through July 31st.

All students are automatically enrolled in CCA’s student health insurance plan for the academic year unless they submit an approved online waiver application. A link to the online waiver site will be emailed to all students in early June.

More information about CCA's student health insurance plan with Aetna may be found here on the portal. Questions? Please email

Step 9: 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.

Use Manage Contact Information Step by Step Guide to add an emergency contact to your account, someone CCA can contact if there is an emergency.

Step 10: Attend Orientation

Check back in June for more information on New Student Orientation for Fall 2019.

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.

New Student Orientation is Aug 26 until Aug. 30 for parents, families, graduate students, transfer and second-degree students and first-year students. Details and schedules are found here.


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 requires that all students have a laptop to assist in their studies. All programs of study require the ownership of a laptop computer.

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 & Privacy Act.