Thank you for your interest in California Institute of Arts & Technology’s programs and courses. To take the next step toward enrollment in one of our certificate or degree programs, please follow the steps listed below. If you need assistance at any time, you can reach us at or by calling 1-877-559-3621 x 7011.

There is no obligation to apply for admission. Once your application and information is received, an admissions advisor will contact you to provide information specific to the program you are interested in, as well as assist you in using VA GI-Bill, MyCAA, EDD/WIA, financing or other forms of education assistance and funding.

We truly appreciate your interest in CIAT programs and are confident we can assist you in achieving your career and personal goals.

— The CIAT Team

How to Apply for Admission

Apply online. If you have any questions about the online application, you can contact us at  619-795-6440 or  via e-mail at

Submit a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent documentation (diploma, DD-214, college transcripts, GED).

If you’ve earned less than six college-level semester credit hours, you’ll need to complete a Scholastic Level Exam (SLE). We will provide a link to the exam via e-mail once you submit your application.

Submit your government-issued proof of identity showing a photo and your age (e.g., a driver’s license, or passport with picture).

Admission Policies & Procedures

All applicants must be at least 17 years of age. A student accepted for enrollment in either the Degree or one of the Certificate programs must be in possession of a high school diploma or equivalent. CIAT does not accept ability-to-benefit students. Individual pre-requisites, if any, for individual courses are identified in the course descriptions section of this catalog. CIAT must determine with reasonable certainty, prior to the acceptance of the enrollment, that the applicant has the appropriate prior education required to succeed in the program. Students enrolling in Professional Development Boot Camps/Seminars do not need to present proof of a high school diploma or equivalent.

The High School Diploma equivalency may be satisfied by either General Educational Development (GED) tests or a United States military Form DD-214 indicating that applicant has completed high school. All applicants must be able to read and speak English effectively and also be able to use a computer keyboard and mouse to navigate in the Windows environment.

CIAT will accept as a recognized equivalent of secondary education a GED, passing score on the California High School Proficiency Exam, a DD214 that indicates high school equivalency, a degree issued to the student that indicates the high school graduation, or documentation of completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Tuition and fees are due in full 14 days prior to the beginning of a scheduled course. With your paid tuition, an updated statement of account and instructions on how to get started will be emailed to you within two business days. The cost of each class is located next to the course description in the CIAT School Catalog.

The Certification Exam and laptop loan benefits apply only to students whose tuition is paid at 100% of the catalog price. Students who receive discounted tuition (including those using Active Duty TA or WIOA for funding) and/or scholarships (full or partial), are not eligible for certification exam, book, or laptop loaner fee waivers.

Any student may cancel his/her enrollment at any time. Students have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and receive a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later.

For refund calculation, after the 7 calendar day period, the amount of the course completed shall be:

  • The percentage of attendance completed to the total attendance required for completion.

Degree, Certificate and Professional Development students completing at no more than 60% of the required attendance shall receive a pro rata refund based on their percentage of required attendance completed. Students completing more than 60% of required attendance will not receive a refund. This limitation does not apply to students enrolled under a Veteran’s Administration (VA) program. VA students will receive a pro rata refund up until completion of 100% of their course or program.

Include the following information with your request:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of request
  • Signature
  • Reason for Request

All refunds will be processed within 45 calendar days of receiving your written request for withdrawal.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to CIAT via:

  1. Hand, mail or delivery:
    California Institute of Arts & Technology
    Att: Student Services
    2820 Camino Del Rio South, Ste. 100
    San Diego, CA 92108
  2. Fax: 866.237.2176
  3. Email:

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  • The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  • The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  • The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  • There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  • An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or taxpayer identification number.

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student, in and educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  1. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
  1. Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

This assessment is paid to the State of California and is non-refundable.

The current collection of STRF is $0.00

Note:  As of January 1, 2015, the State of California has quit collecting funds from students for the STRF.  The protections for the students are still in place and the qualifications for protection have not been changed.


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Simply complete the “Request Information” form and check “Boot Camp” as your option. A representative will send you a registration form right away!

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