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Welcome to MECA!

From all of us here at Maine College of Art, we are thrilled to welcome you to our community of artists! Our goal is to make the transition to MECA as easy and seamless as possible, so to that end we’ve created a checklist here for you to refer to throughout the registration process.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to talk to someone, please feel free to reach out! We’ve included contact names and numbers with each step of the process below.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in July!


Dates & Deadlines — Enrolling for Summer 2020

Important Dates for Incoming Students

Priority deadline for enrolling for Summer 2020
Please refer to your acceptance email/documents for enrollment deadlines.

Bills for Summer 2020 mailed to enrolled students
June 2020 (subject to change)

Priority deadline for housing applications
Friday, May 1, 2020

Housing assignments finalized for on-campus students
May 2020

Bills due for Summer 2020 trimester
June 26, 2020

Move-in Day
Friday, July 31, 2020

College Orientation (required)
Friday, July 31, 2020

MAT Orientation & Mentor Meet-and-Greet (required)
Sunday, August 2, 2020

First Day of MAT Classes!
Monday, August 3, 2020


Enrollment & Registration Checklist for Summer 2020

☐ MAT Enrollment Agreement

The MAT Enrollment Agreement contains the 2020–2021 tuition information, fee schedule, and refund policies. All new students must sign the form and return to MECA via AdobeSign as soon as possible. 

Questions? Contact Admissions at

☐ Immunization Form (or waiver)

According to Maine State Law, every post-secondary student born after 1956 must be immunized against the diseases of diphtheriameasles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus. You must submit proof of immunization before you can complete your registration and attend classes, preferably by July 1, 2020. You may submit this in one of two ways:

1. Have your doctor fill out the immunization form and have them submit it to the Admissions Office directly via email ( or fax (207.699.5080). Please make sure it is filled out completely or it will not be accepted.

2. Alternatively, they can simply send the immunization records only (no form) to the Admissions Office at or 207.699.5080 (our fax number).

Download the immunization form here
Questions? Contact Julie Smith in the Registrar’s Office at

☐ Housing Deposit and Housing Application

If you would like to live on-campus, and you have not yet submitted the $200 housing fee and deposit, please submit your fees to the Admissions Office by May 1, 2020 for priority consideration. (The $200 housing deposit includes a $100 one-time non-refundable housing placement fee and a $100 refundable housing security deposit.) After you submit your housing fee, please fill out the housing application online and submit.

Please note that both the payment and the application are necessary to hold your place in on-campus housing. Housing applications received after May 1, 2020 will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All housing assignments will be emailed to students in mid-May.

To submit your housing fee and deposit online, click here
To submit your housing application, click here
Questions? Contact Jen Doebler, Dylan Brenner, or Jill Beuning at 207.699.5035 or

☐ Accepted Financial Aid Award Letter

You will receive an outline of your federal aid awards from the Financial Aid Office. Please carefully review your award letter — you may accept all, part, or none of the federally-awarded grant and loan money. When you have decided, please sign and return the form to the Financial Aid Office.

Please note: if you have been selected for verification, don’t worry! It’s completely normal and part of a random selection process that every school has. If you need help navigating this, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Questions? Contact Carri Frechette or Will O’Shea at 207.699.5074 or

☐ Health Insurance (or waiver)

All enrolled students are required to have health insurance. If you do not already have health insurance, you will be billed for MECA’s insurance; the cost of the insurance for the 20202021 year is $2,889. The current insurance information can be viewed at

If you are already covered by outside health insurance, you can opt out of the health insurance charge — it will be waived on your student account. Information about opting out will come with the billing statement; you can visit to opt out.

Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts, at

☐ Praxis Exams

Candidates are strongly encouraged to enter the program with successful completion of these exams before the August coursework begins. A scholarship of $1,000 will be presented to candidates upon passage of these exams prior to the start of the program. Successful completion is a prerequisite to entering student teaching. Be sure to put MECA and Maine’s Department of Education in as a score recipient when you schedule the test. For details visit:

☐ Tuition Payment

The Student Accounts Office will mail a bill for 2020 tuition, fees, and any related room and board costs less any financial aid, scholarships, grants, or other aid you may qualify for or have obtained. Students enrolling after that date will receive an updated payment due date and may be subject to an earnest deposit on tuition.

If you’d like to discuss payment plans, contact the Student Accounts Office to see which options may work best for you.

Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts, at

☐ Official College Transcripts

Applicants who are currently completing coursework in the Spring 2020 semester must submit final college transcripts that outline final grades and graduation date before entering the MAT in Summer 2020.

Please submit an official copy to the Admissions Office as soon as they are available — these can be either a physical copy with a seal or delivered electronically to through an official transcript service like Common App, Parchment, or National Student Clearing House.

☐ Setting up your MECA email account

Beginning in May, we’ll send you an email to set up your official MECA email address. The registrar will send an email to the address we have on file that outlines how to set up your MyMECA account. This creates your email address and a personalized web portal where you can view your class schedule, see your grades, get information about billing, and access your financial aid information.

Log in to your MyMECA account here
Questions? Contact Anne Dennison, Registrar, at207.699.5054 or, or Julie Smith, Assistant Registrar, at 207.699.5057 or

☐ Fingerprinting

Anyone who works with children in a school setting is required by law to be fingerprinted through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. Complete these steps before MAT Orientation on August 2, 2020:

1. Make an appointment with IdentoGO. There is a $55 fee.
2. Print and send the approval application to the Department of Education. A $15 non-refundable fee is to be sent with this application. Make check payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine.
3. Upon approval, the state will upload credentials on their site. For proof of credentials please check application status through the NEO System.

☐ Visa Requirements for International Students

Once you have submitted your enrollment fee and submitted your DOF, MECA will issue you an I-20 form, which you will use to apply for your student visa at a US consulate or embassy.

You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  • Declaration of Finances (DOF) form
  • For your DOF to be processed we will need a scanned copy of your passport in color. You can send this with your completed DOF mail or send a digital copy.
  • The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA.
  • Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank. All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate. Official and original documentation must be provided. All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art.

Please note that it can take up to six weeks for an I-20 form to be processed and delivered. We encourage you to submit this documentation as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Emily Brighi, International Student Counselor, at 207.699.5028 or


Recommended Social Media for MAT 2020

Join the MAT Facebook group! Email Joel Tsui at and ask to join. This is a good way to meet your classmates, find a roommate, and share information before the start of the program.