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The Creative Center accepts applications from students who attend public, private, or homeschool high school venues. In order to enroll, students must have or be on track to receive their high school diploma or its equivalent. Students can be conditionally accepted with an in-progress high school transcript, however, in order to be fully accepted, an official high school transcript or its equivalent must be filed at the Creative Center. The enrollee is responsible for providing the final, official high school transcript.

Step 1: Enrollment Procedure

To reserve a place at the Creative Center, the prospective student must visit the campus. During the campus visit:

1. An Admissions Coordinator will conduct a one-time personal interview to explain the enrollment process and eligibility.

2. We will tour the campus. (NOTE: All applicants under the age of 24 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the interview and tour.)

3. When students enroll they must complete an enrollment agreement and application form, and provide a $200 advanced tuition payment and a $100 application fee.

NOTE: After the five-day grace period, the application fee is non-refundable, unless the student is denied acceptance. After acceptance, the advanced tuition payment will be applied. The full $300 is refunded if the student is denied acceptance.

NOTE: At this time the student must decide whether to enroll into the AOS or both the AOS and BFA programs. If the student chooses to enroll into the BFA program at a later date, an additional advanced tuition payment will be necessary, however, an application or portfolio will not be required.

Step 2: Acceptance Procedure

After enrolling, prospective students must submit the following four (4) items to the Creative Center for acceptance:

  • 1. A Portfolio (10-15 samples of the student’s best work).
  • 2. A one-page letter explaining why the student wishes to attend the Creative Center.
  • 3. A letter of recommendation, preferably from a high school art teacher.
  • 4. A final, official, high school transcript or GED results. (A current high school transcript can be submitted if the student is still attending.)

NOTE: Students who provide GED results may also be asked to provide an official high school transcript.

Step 3: Acceptance and Scholarship Notification

After the acceptance committee has reviewed the application, they will determine if the student can be accepted.

Students who have submitted a final, official transcript are eligible for acceptance.

Students who have submitted a current transcript and are still attending high school are eligible for conditional acceptance.

Once accepted (in either capacity) the student will receive an acceptance packet by mail. At this time the student will also be notified of any scholarships from the Creative Center.

Students who are conditionally accepted must submit a final, official transcript to the Creative Center before they will be accepted and allowed to attend classes.

NOTE: The full $300 is refunded if for any reason a student is denied acceptance.

Step 4: Financial Aid

Once the Creative Center has mailed the acceptance packet, students and their parents/guardians must call the Financial Aid Office to make an appointment..

The Financial Aid Office will provide a list of certain items to be brought to this meeting. Please bring the information pertaining to the parent(s)/guardian with whom the student lived most during the previous calendar year.

Click here for more information on Financial Aid.

Call for a tour

Students are welcome to tour the Creative Center and meet with an Admissions Coordinator to address questions or concerns at any time. Call to arrange an appointment at (402) 898-1000 in Omaha or 1(888) 898-1789 outside of Omaha.

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Housing Assistance

The Creative Center does not provide on-campus housing facilities but has made arrangements with a nearby apartment complex to assist with student housing. Apartments are located within walking distance from the college. One and two-bedroom apartments are available, and the Creative Center will help match students with roommates, if desired. Most current students who live in the apartments room with other students, thus decreasing their monthly rent payments. As of May 2019, rent payments ranged from $270-$300 per month, including utilities, for each of four students in a two-bedroom apartment. Apartment availability is limited; students must enroll prior to May 31 to receive housing assistance for the following school year.

For students enrolling for the Fall of 2019, please complete this Apartment Survey before May 31, 2019. This form can be submitted completely online. For additional information on student housing, please contact the admissions department.