MECA&D Grants & Scholarships

Grants & scholarships are "gift aid" as they are financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based.

Scholarships & Grants for Salt Students

The Salt Fellowship

The Salt Fellowship
As part of Salt at MECA&D’s commitment to training the next generation of storytellers, we are pleased to offer the Salt Fellowship. The Fellowship will focus on supporting students from underrepresented communities who have been accepted into the fifteen-week Salt Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Studies at MECA&D. Each term the Fellowship Committee will award one full-tuition scholarship or two partial scholarships; funds will be allocated at the discretion of the committee.

The deadline for Spring 2022 is November 12, 2021.

Interested applicants are required to complete both the standard Salt application and the Salt Fellowship application, which consists of a separate 500-word essay.

Please complete your Fellowship application after you have completed the standard application. Your Fellowship application cannot be reviewed until your Salt application has been processed.

Essay Prompt*
In 500 words or less, please describe your motivations for attending Salt and how your personal experiences make you a good candidate for the Salt Fellowship, which focuses on supporting students of underrepresented backgrounds.

*Please answer this question in this application form.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

Scholarships & Grants for MFA and MAT Students

Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant

The Artists at Work Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant grant helps BFA, MFA, and MAT students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA&D classroom. Potential uses include but are not limited to: conferences, travel, exhibition costs, professional association fees, self-promotion, technology, documentation, workshops and costs associated with entrepreneurial efforts. Funds cannot be used on equipment or for academic credit towards the completion of your undergraduate degree. Requests are capped at $500.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Benefits

The Veterans Administration (VA), Reserves, and Armed Forces offer a variety of educational benefits primarily in grant form. Proper affiliation with the respective organization is required. Maine College of Art & Design is a participating institution for military personnel, veterans, and their eligible dependents.

To learn more about different programs for veteran education benefits please review the following resources:

More information is available here.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.