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Financial Aid

Financial aid is based on the prior year’s financial information and is available to those who qualify. Aid consists of grants and loans that can assist students with paying for their educational expenses.

The Creative Center also works closely with Vocational Rehabilitation. Please contact this organization if you would like more information regarding opportunities for assistance.

Financial Literacy

Do you want to be financially healthy? Are you looking for better ways to manage your money? If the answer to either or both of these questions is "Yes," then please review some of the financial literacy resources listed below. These resources provide tools to help you better understand your finances, and build your skills for successfully managing your finances. While these resources are a good start, they are not intended to be all inclusive.

Links to Additional Outside Resources Information found on the following links are presented for informational purposes only, and do not represent any claims or assurances by the Creative Center.


To apply for financial aid

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal aid and must be completed annually. The Creative Center’s Title IV code is 031643.

An online FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Online applications require a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for your signature, which you can obtain at www.pin.ed.gov.

Online applications are processed automatically. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (402) 898-1000 in Omaha or 1-888-898-1789 outside of Omaha.

Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships

The Creative Center offers scholarships to new students who exhibit exceptional talent and creativity. The Creative Center recommends students submit applications and portfolios as early as possible. Scholarships are confined by a limited amount of funds. Based on previous interest, scholarships are depleted by March.

Winners of a scholarship will be informed when they receive notification of their acceptance to the Creative Center. All scholarship monies will be awarded in the third semester (the first semester of the second year). All recipients must finish their first-year courses with a passing grade and achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to retain their scholarships. If a recipient’s grade point average is below 3.0 at the end of the first year of study or a recipient has failed any course during the first year of study, the scholarship is forfeited.

  • President’s Scholarship

    This $1,000 scholarship recognizes above average students who have exhibited a high level of talent in art.

  • Founder’s Scholarship of Excellence

    This $2,000 scholarship has been established to recognize those students who have outstanding artistic talent and academic standing.

Scholarship Resources

Download a copy of scholarship resources that have been compiled by the Creative Center.

Andy Arrants Memorial Scholarship

Andy Arrants (1986-2007) was a graphic art student at the Creative Center. He was also a gifted tattoo artist as well as an avid fine artist. This scholarship is dedicated to Andy’s memory and created with the intent of assisting students who are pursuing similar interests as Andy. The scholarship winner will receive a first-year supply kit (approximately $500 value); this scholarship is distributed on the first day of class each year. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year must be postmarked by March 1, 2017.

Private Educational Loans

If you are interested in information about private educational loans available at the Creative Center, this link will provide you with up-to-date information and allow you to access the application for these loans. The information also includes important loan-related budgeting essentials.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (402) 898-1000 in Omaha or 1-888-898-1789 outside of Omaha.

Student Financial Services Code of Conduct

It is vital that all employees in the Office of Financial Aid maintain the trust of current and future students as well as their parents and the general public. To fulfill that obligation, it's vital that this office and the staff function in a manner consistent with the highest ethical standards.

In general, when performing our official duties, the Office of Financial Aid will work to provide excellent customer service and avoid our actions to be motivated by private or personal interest. We will safeguard our ability to make objective and impartial decisions based on Federal and State guidelines and shall not accept benefits of any sort under circumstances in which it could be inferred by a reasonable observer that the benefit was intended to influence our personal decisions making process.

The Office of Financial Aid staff will maintain a professional relationship with lenders, guarantors, or loan servicers to address servicing issues related to a student's financial aid. The student has the responsibility of selecting a lender based solely on his/her personal preferences. We are only to encourage the student to be a wise and informed consumer before selecting a lender. Under no circumstance will the Office of Financial Aid staff endorse a lender to a student, parent, or the general public.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act conditions the eligibility of educational institutions to participate in Title IV programs on the development of and compliance with a code of conduct that prohibits conflicts of interest for its financial aid personnel. Creative Center's officers, employees and its agents are required to comply with this code of conduct. The following specific provisions bring Creative Center into compliance with the federal law. [HEOA 487(e)].

  • Neither Creative Center as an institution, nor any individual officer, employee or agent shall enter into any revenue-sharing arrangements with any private loan lender.
  • No officer or employee of Creative Center who is employed in the Student Financial Services Office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or an agent who has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or any of their family members, shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. For purposes of this prohibition, the term "gift" means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other item having a monetary value of more than a nominal amount. (Nominal value is valued at $10 or less).
  • An officer or employee of Creative Center who is employed in the Student Financial Services Office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or an agent who has responsibilities with respect to education loans, shall not accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
  • Creative Center will not:
    • for any first time borrower, assign, through award packaging or other methods, the borrower's loan to a particular lender; or
    • refuse to certify, or delay certification of, any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.
  • Creative Center shall not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the institution providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with:
    • a specified number of loans made, insured, or guaranteed under Title IV;
    • a specified loan volume of such loans; or
    • a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.
  • Creative Center shall not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid staffing.
  • Any employee who is employed in the Student Financial Services Office, or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such an advisory board, commission, or group.
  • Financial staff can participate in meals, refreshments and receptions that are in conjunction with meetings, trainings, or conference events that are open to all attendees.

Staff who knowingly fail to follow these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action.