Columbia ChiArts Award

for incoming students

Students who graduate from The Chicago High School for the Arts with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are admitted to Columbia College Chicago are guaranteed a renewable Columbia ChiArts Award.


The Columbia ChiArts Award is open to:

  • Exceptional high school seniors who are enrolled at the Chicago High School for the Arts at the time of admission to Columbia, or who have graduated from the Chicago High School for the Arts no more than 12 months prior to admission
  • Admitted students entering for the first time in the Fall 2022 semester
  • Students who have earned a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

Please note: Recipients of the Columbia ChiArts Award are not eligible for the Chicago STAR Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Columbia CPS Award, Columbia Creatives Award, Columbia Senn Award, Columbia Curie Award, Columbia Dyett Award, Columbia Lane Tech Award, Columbia Westinghouse Award, Columbia OneGoal Award, or Columbia Excellence Award.

Award based on:
  • Academic achievement

Renewable award amount based on ChiArts High School GPA:

  • 3.75 or higher: $14,000
  • 3.55 — 3.74: $13,500
  • 3.3 — 3.54: $12,500
  • 3.0 — 3.29: $9,500

Notification of the award:

  • Recipients will be notified by Admissions.


Contact: Enrollment Management at


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