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Graduate Enrollment Checklist - Fall 2021

Congratulations and Welcome to California College of the Arts!

The Graduate Enrollment Checklist is a guide to complete enrollment at CCA for new graduate students in Summer and Fall 2021.

If you have questions or need help with any of these steps, please contact

For any new incoming student who has questions about instruction for Fall 2021, we encourage you to reach out to your program point of contact.

Submit your enrollment deposit

Submit your enrollment deposit

To confirm your attendance at CCA, you need to accept your offer of admission and submit your nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit.

  1. Go to the CCA Graduate Applicant Page. (This is the same page you may have used to check your application status.)
  2. Access your applicant profile by clicking the blue button at the top right corner to log in.
  3. Use the email address you used to apply in Slideroom to log in. Use the "reset password" feature if you are having trouble logging in.
  4. Under the heading "Your Applications," select your application, and follow the instructions to accept your offer of admission and submit your enrollment deposit.

Create your CCA Account

Create your CCA account and email address. Students that have submitted their enrollment deposit will receive an email with instructions on completing this item.

I-20 Process (International Students ONLY)

We hope to be able to welcome all international admitted students to campus for in-person instruction next fall, and we will continue to monitor the situation and update you on the visa process.

We also understand that individual circumstances may make it difficult for some students to travel to San Francisco, so new F-1 international students for Fall 2021 who are currently outside of the United States can still start their education with CCA this fall through fully online instruction and coursework.

If you are planning to travel to the US, beginning January 26, 2021, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will require all travelers entering the United States by airplane to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Learn more information here.

Please review CCA's Office of International Student Affairs and Programs Portal page for further information about the I-20 process as a first step in the F-1 student visa process to come to the US to study at CCA.

Review & Accept Financial Aid

After you create your CCA account, review your Financial Aid

If you have applied for aid, follow the instructions in View Financial Aid (Accept/Decline Awards) step by step guide to review and take action on your financial aid awards. If you have questions about your financial aid awards, please make an appointment for a phone or virtual appointment. You may email for questions, but please allow 1-2 days for a response.

Financial Aid and online mode of instruction

Any institutional aid that you have been awarded with your offer of admission–such as merit or departmental scholarships–will not be affected by taking courses remotely online, as long as you maintain full-time enrollment of 9+ units per semester toward completion of your degree.

On-Campus Housing

Secure housing in the competitive Bay Area market before you start your program! Apply now to live in CCA graduate student housing in one of our two San Francisco residences:

Founders Hall

The college's newest residence is located next door to CCA's main building and graduate classrooms. Founders Hall features both private and shared units, spacious multi-use common areas, and the ground floor dining facility, Makers Cafe, which offers convenient meal plans for students. The fifth floor community was designed with graduate students in mind, offering private studio apartment or suite-style options, both with kitchenettes, and a shared outdoor terrace with views of the iconic San Francisco skyline.

Blattner Hall

Opened in 2018, CCA's apartment-style community is located 3 blocks away from the San Francisco campus. Blattner hall offers spacious two- and four-bedroom units, fully furnished, with full kitchens and modern amenities.

Fall 2021 housing application process for new incoming graduate students

The priority housing application deadline is May 15, 2021

Unit type and roommate preferences (if applicable) will be prioritized by housing application submission date, so the earlier you submit your application, the better chance you have at getting your preferred room type. Students who submit their housing application and Housing License Agreement by the May 15th priority housing application deadline will receive their room assignments by mid-June.

Housing applications open February 1, 2021

Steps to apply for CCA housing:

  1. Students first need to set up their email address and Workday account, and wait 24 hours for their registration in Workday to process.
  2. After February 1, deposited students will be able to access their Housing at CCA Symplicity account by entering their CCA username and password (same as their CCA email).
  3. Complete and submit the housing application by the May 15, 2021 housing priority deadline.
  4. Once their application is reviewed and approved, they will receive a Housing License Agreement via their CCA Symplicity account. They will then have three business days to sign and submit the agreement and pay the $250 housing deposit.

Need help with your application? Contact or give us a call at +1 415-551-9223.


CCA Housing, Dining and Residential Education provide a supportive residential community that honors the whole student through co-curricular experiences and learning. Contact to learn more.

Course Registration

All incoming students will be registered by their programs for their first semester classes. The registration process will be initiated this summer. Please continue to check your CCA email for more information.

Billing and Tuition Payment

Billing notification will be sent out in Summer 2021 after registration is complete

Students will be notified and will be able to view their bill statement in their CCA account. Please wait to receive a statement before submitting your first payment.

The first tuition payment will be due August 1st

We will post CCA’s 2021-22 standard rates and fees for incoming students to review ahead of receiving their first bill. Students who do not make their first payment by the due date may incur a late fee.

Payment plans are available

View payment plan options and enroll in a payment plan via Touchnet. By enrolling in a payment plan online, you can track and schedule your payments to be deducted automatically from your credit card, debit card or bank account (via echeck).

When it becomes available, here is how you can view your billing statement:

  1. Sign into your account at
  2. Click on your profile icon at the top right corner. (This will show up as the circle with your profile picture or cloud icon.)
  3. Click on ‘view profile’ from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the ‘view statement’ orange button on the right side of the screen.
  5. Select the Spring 2021 term from the dropdown menu.

Refer to our billing page for more information.

Health Insurance

All full-time CCA students are required to have comprehensive health insurance coverage while enrolled at California College of the Arts, including if they are taking courses remotely online. 

Per CCA policy, all graduate students who are registered at 9 or more units per semester will be automatically enrolled in and billed for CCA’s Student Health Insurance Plan, unless they submit an online waiver application with proof of coverage by comparable health insurance, and the waiver is approved before the student health insurance waiver deadline.

Enrolling in CCA's student health insurance

If you plan to enroll in CCA’s Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2021-22 academic year, you do not need to take any action. 

Waiving CCA's student health insurance

Please check back in Spring 2021 for instructions and deadlines. You can find more information and general requirements to be eligible for a student health insurance waiver here.

Questions? Please email

Laptop/Digital Technology

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 incoming students own an external storage device and laptop that meets our minimum system requirements. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus.

Graduate student technology requirements

Graduate students should refer to the Program Technology Requirements page for specific laptop requirements. If your program is not listed, the minimum system requirements will be appropriate.

Student discounts

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.

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.

Update your CCA Portal profile

Update your Timezone

Recent updates in the Portal Profile allow students to share information about their local timezone and home email with faculty, staff, and classmates. This information is critical for faculty with instructional delivery, coaches and TAs with instructional support, staff with communication/appointments, and fellow students with collaboration.

Find instructions for updating your Portal profile here.

Set up your Student ID photo
Students should take the opportunity this summer to set up their student ID photo to create their CCA OneCard card. Student ID cards will be used for room access, meal purchases, equipment check-out and use, and general campus access, so this process should be completed before your first semester on campus.

Any student choosing to live in CCA housing this fall should upload their photo by August 1 to ensure a smooth check-in process to CCA Residence Halls. Please see ID photo requirements and step-by-step instructions for how to complete.


New Student Orientation is a required, comprehensive, and personal introduction to California College of the Arts that will help you get to know other students, faculty, and staff who will become an important part of your graduate program experience.

Save the date: MFA Comics orientation will start on July 2, 2021. All other graduate programs will begin orientation on August 25, 2021. We will be sending out program-specific orientation information later this Spring. Please email if you have questions.


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. CCA’s Disability / Access Services collaborates, with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments. Students who have a documented disability or chronic medical condition should request academic accommodations by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students at to schedule an intake appointment.

Career Development Office

CCA’s various departments and offices offer opportunities for domestic and international students to gain professional experience while in college. The Career Development Office is here to help students translate their passions into meaningful creative careers and practices. Students can apply to off campus opportunities and engage with employers on Handshake.

Work study jobs are posted on the internal college job board called Workday. Also, learn more about the Work Study Programs at Internal Job Board & Starting to Work.


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.