Quick Facts & FAQs

Is Compass College an accredited college and is it affiliated with any other schools?
CCCA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. We are a stand-alone college. 

Where is Compass College located and where can I find directions to campus?
Compass College is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit our Location page for more information on finding your way to campus!

What are CCCA's admissions requirements?
An official application process, including references, essays, and a portfolio, is required. Learn more about the admissions requirements here

When is Compass College's next program start date?
Due to our cohort-style programs, CCCA has one start date per year. Our next start date is in the fall of 2018. 

How do I start the application process?
If you've already visited campus and talked to one of our Admissions Representatives, you can apply here. If not, let's start with a Visit Day!

How do I set up a visit to Compass College of Cinematic Arts?
Visits to campus can be scheduled by phone (616.988.1000), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by completing this request for information

Does CCCA accept transfer credits?
At CCCA, this is decided on a case-by-case basis based on the classes we offer and the descriptions and requirements of the courses a student has already taken. To find out if any of your classes transfer, please complete this form and return it to the Registrar's Office.

Does CCCA accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits?
Compass College will grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP tests. In order to receive credit, the student must request that the College Board send score reports to the Compass College Office of Admissions. To learn more about how credits apply, we encourage you to check out our AP Equivalency Chart.

Does Compass College accept International Students?
Yes! Learn more about the International Student admissions process here

I have some other questions about Admissions. How can I learn more?
You are welcome to visit the Admissions page, call us at 616.988.1000, or complete this request for more information

How much do the programs at Compass College cost?
Tuition costs for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and the Associate of Applied Science program are varied. Check here for more information.

What type of Financial Aid is available to students? 
CCCA is a Title IV eligible college. We offer federal financial aid through the FAFSA. Other grants and loans are available. 

Does CCCA have scholarships that I can apply for?
Scholarships vary from year to year. Please contact our Financial Aid Office at 616.988.1000 for more information. 

I have G.I. Bill benefits. Can I use those to attend CCCA?
Yes. For more information, please contact our Financial Aid Office at 616.988.1000 or visit our Veterans Network.

Are there any student employment opportunities available on campus?
Compass College offers an on-campus work study program on a limited basis. For more information, contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I have more questions about Financial Aid. How can I learn more?
Check out our Financial Aid page or call our office at 616.988.1000. 

What degrees does Compass College of Cinematic Arts offer?
Compass College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic and Media Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in Film and Media Production

What makes Compass College's programs different from other film colleges?
Our hands-on curriculum, accelerated program, dedicated faculty and staff, and the chance our students have to spend 400+ hours on set during their first year of studies!
Learn more about our programs here. 

Does Compass College offer classes or programs for high school students?
Yes! Each summer, CCCA offers and Film Camp and an Acting Camp for students ages 13-18. Learn more about our camp programs here.

Will I be required to provide my own equipment?
Students are required to provide some of their own equipment. Major industry equipment needed for film projects is provided by the college.

What will my class schedule be like while attending CCCA?
During the first year of study, classes meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am until 2:00pm. Schedules during the following years vary based on a student's course plan. 

I have other questions about the programs at CCCA. How can I learn more?
You're welcome to read through our College Catalog or contact our office at 616.988.1000.

Does Compass College offer housing for students?
CCCA does not currently have on-campus housing for students. However, we have a variety of local contacts and friends of the College who rent properties to students. You can learn more by viewing our Grand Rapids Housing page or by contacting the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

What types of services are available to CCCA students?
The Student Affairs Office offers academic advising, mentoring, a film critique club, Bible studies, and other campus events. CCCA also has a Career Services Office.

I have more questions about Student Affairs at Compass College. Who should I contact?
For more information concerning services available to students at CCCA, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.