redpoint- Yes, there is merit aid at CC, and no, it’s not a joke for you to ask—I was thinking the same thing last year! Anyhow, here's how things turned out for me: I was awarded a leadership scholarship valued at $10K per year, and I also received a fantastic grant, which, in retrospect, is not really merit aid but is important nonetheless.
Since I have not yet had an opportunity to meet my future classmates, I am afraid that I am not qualified to give any insight concerning the economic diversity of the student body, though I will confess that I myself come from a very middle class family. Needless to say, I am extremely grateful for CC’s generosity!
At any rate, I hope this helped you and that, should you apply, CC comes through for you with a stellar financial aid package. Please let me know if you have any other questions about CC, and I’ll do my best to answer them.