Financial Aid

Investing in Your Future

The cost of education can be intimidating, but it’s one of the smartest investments you can make on the path to a more prosperous and fulfilling future. At CIAT, we’re here to help you apply for scholarships, federal aid, and private loans to ensure you get the most out of your financial aid package. For more information, contact our Office of Financial Aid at 1-877-559-3621 or financialaid@ciat.edu.

Grants & Loans

1.
Apply

Let’s get started! In order to establish your eligibility for financial assistance, you must first complete the initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you’re filling out the form, use our CIAT school code 042598 and have additional financial documents, such as your tax returns and pay stubs, ready.

2.
Processing

When you submit your FAFSA, the US Department of Education generates a Student Aid Report (SAR) that calculates your financial need and determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). CIAT will receive a copy of your application and begin processing how much financial aid, in the form of grants and loans, we can award you.

3.
Award

Last, but not least: your financial award. Once we determine you qualify for financial assistance, you must review and sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), a legal document in which you promise to repay your loans, with interest and fees, to the US Department of Education. Please read it carefully!

Federal Aid

You can also seek federal aid in the forms of the Pell Grant Program, Stafford and PLUS loans. These financial aid packages are a common way to pay for your educational expenses. The Pell Grant Program, unlike a loan, offers aid you don’t have to pay back should you qualify. Stafford and PLUS loans are also widely-used options with basic eligibility requirements and offer an array of interest rates and repayment plans.

Private Loans

When scholarships and financial aid aren’t enough, you also have the option of taking out a private loan with companies that we work with. These companies offer flexible interest rates and repayment options making it easier for you to pay off the costs of your tuition and fees. Explore your options and see if a private lender is right for you.

Why Choose CIAT

We’re here for you. Whether you’re just starting out, making a career change, or transitioning back into civilian life, CIAT will prepare you for success.

Our school helps students create rewarding careers in IT, software development, graphic design, and web design. At CIAT, our combination of theoretical knowledge with hands-on training and top-notch job placement services will take your career to the next level. Are you ready?

How Can Our IT School Benefit You?

From our esteemed faculty of academic professionals to our personalized class schedules, we tailor our options to suit your needs. We want you to thrive at CIAT.

Practical Training

CIAT offers hands-on training in conjunction with competitive academic programs to deliver a comprehensive education in IT, software development, Microsoft platforms, and media arts.

Flexible Schedules

We offer day, evening, and weekend schedules that work for your life. Our students can enroll in classes at either of our campus locations or online.

Small Class Size

CIAT students receive personalized attention. We’re committed ensuring that you feel like part of our community with small class sizes. Many students are even on a first-name basis with our staff.

Job Placement

Our top-notch job placement services will set you up for success. We offer advanced notice of job openings, interview preparation techniques, resume editing tutorials, and career counseling assistance.

Success Stories

Your accomplishments are our accomplishments. At California Institute of Arts & Technology, our mission is to prepare you for professional and individual growth with innovative, cutting-edge vocational and career advancement programs. How do we do all that? Read honest feedback from our students below to find out.

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Frequently Asked Questions about CIAT

Want more information? Select your question from the list below.

  • What type of financial aid is available?

    There are two different types of federal financial aid available, grants and loans. Grants are funds given out on an at-need basis and it is not required for you to pay them back. Loans are borrowed funds that you must repay with interest.

  • How much financial aid can I receive?

    Your financial aid package will be based on your eligibility and need. The first step toward determining these factors is to complete your FAFSA online application.

  • Where do I apply for FASFA?

    You can conveniently complete your online application at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

  • What is the FASFA application process like?

    There are three steps in the FASFA process. You can learn more about each process on our Financial Aid page.

  • When do I get my funds?

    You must sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) before you can receive any student loans. Student loan funds may post to your school account within the first two weeks of the first day of the term. Any questions regarding a delay in financial aid disbursement should be directed to our Office of Financial Aid. You can also obtain more information here.

  • What is the school/institution code for CIAT?

    Our school/institution code is 042598.

  • Who is my financial aid counselor?

    If your last name begins with a letter from A to L, your counselor is Andre Daniels (adaniels@ciat.edu). If your last name begins with a letter from M to Z, your counselor is Andre Daniels (adaniels@ciat.edu).

  • What is an MPN?

    MPN stands for Master Promissory Note. This is a legal document that promises you will repay your loan(s) and any interest and fees to the US Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s).

  • What does the cost of attendance include?

    Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and other educational costs. You can also meet with a financial aid officer to discuss itemized totals for expenses.

  • I have been awarded a Pell Grant. When will I receive my funds?

    Refunds are issued when there is a credit balance to a student’s account. Upon receipt of any type of financial aid (veterans’ education benefits, scholarships, loans, grants, etc.), the funds are first posted against any balance owed. When a credit balance is created, a refund may be issued at that time.

  • What campus is the Office of Career Services located?

    The Office of Career Services is located in the administration office at our National City campus and is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • What assistance does the Office of Career Services offer?

    Our Office of Career Services offers a variety of resources to set you up for success. Some of them consist of job search assistance, resume and cover letter critiques, interview guidance, career and professional development, and more.

  • How do I get help with my resume?

    Priscilla Leyva, our resume expert, is available Mon-Thu from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. for all your resume needs at our Office of Career Services. To request an appointment, please email pleyva@ciat.edu or call (619) 535-6936 to reserve your spot.

  • Where do I find job placement assistance?

    We have numerous resources to assist you in your career exploration. Make an appointment to discuss your individual goals or stop by the Office of Career Services Mon-Thu from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • How can the Office of Career Services help me find an internship or employment?

    We work with students who have completed their certifications to find employment with more than 200 companies and recruiters. Please reach out to our Career Services Coordinator, Priscilla Leyva, at pleyva@ciat.edu or 619-535-6936 to make an appointment to review your resume and job options.

  • What types of employers does CIAT work with to get students hired?

    We work with a wide range of employers including Begelectric, Booz Allen Hamilton, Manpower Technical, Northrup Grumman, Qualstaffing for Information Technology, and Decypher Technologies. We also work closely with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to offer paid internships for our students, along with Computer 2 Kids, San Diego (C2K) for non-paid internships that require little experience.

  • Why do I need to meet with career services to review my resume?

    It is important to have an up-to-date, well-written, and well-formatted resume to make it easy for hiring managers, HR professionals, and applicant tracking systems to scan it.

    Typically, you only have 10 seconds to impress the person reading your resume, and if they do not see any skills that align with the position they are looking to fill, they will move on to the next applicant. With a well-written resume that highlights your skills and accomplishments, you will significantly boost your chances of landing an interview in this highly competitive market.

  • What good will it do me to go to career services?

    The Office of Career Services is committed to providing you with the tools you’ll need to succeed. Regardless of whether you already have a job lined up, are a transitioning military professional, or are new to the IT field, there are plenty of ways you can utilize the support and guidance offered through our Office of Career Services.

    Our office provides you with the resources necessary for all aspects of your professional goals such as resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, career counseling, job search techniques, career fairs, and more. Because of our well-established relationship with numerous employers, our office is usually the first to know about potential job openings and will refer qualified CIAT students. By utilizing our services, you’ll not only set yourself up for your success, but you might also learn a lot more about yourself along the way.

  • How do I make an appointment with the Office of Career Services?

    The Office of Career Services, which is located in the administration office at our National City campus, is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled Mon-Thu by calling 619-535-6936 or emailing pleyva@ciat.edu.