Welcome to MECA&D!

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

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to talk to someone, please feel free to reach out! We've included relevant contact information with each step of the process below.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in June!

Dates & Deadlines — Enrolling for Summer 2022

Important Dates for Incoming MFA Students

Friday, April 1, 2022

  • Priority deadline to enroll for MFA 2022
  • Priority deadline for Housing Deposit & Fees and Housing Applications

Friday, April 15, 2022

  • Bills mailed to enrolled students

Friday, May 13, 2022

  • Bills due for Summer 2022 trimester
  • MFA Enrollment Agreement due
  • Proof of Immunizations due (MMR, Tdap, COVID)
  • Housing assignments begin for on-campus students


Thursday, June 9, 2022

  • Residence Halls open for move-in

Friday, June 10, 2022

  • MFA Orientation

Monday, June 13, 2022

  • MFA Summer Intensive begins

Friday, August 5, 2022

  • MFA Summer Intensive ends

Monday, August 29, 2022

  • MFA Fall trimester begins

Enrollment & Registration Checklist for Summer 2022

⃞      1. MFA Enrollment Agreement
⃞      2. Immunization Record & Proof of COVID Vaccination (or waivers)
⃞      3. Housing Deposit & Fee and Housing Application
⃞      4. Signed Financial Aid Agreement
⃞      5. Summer 2022 Tuition Payment
⃞      6. Tuition payment plan — optional
⃞      7. Health Insurance (or waiver)
⃞      8. Official Final College Transcripts (if you are completing coursework in Spring 2022)
⃞      9. Set up your MyMECA&D account

☐ MFA Enrollment Agreement

The MFA Enrollment Agreement contains the 2022–2023 tuition information, fee schedule, and refund policies. All new students must sign the form and return to MECA&D via AdobeSign by May 13, 2022

Questions? Contact Joel Tsui, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at 207.420.0022 or joel.tsui-staff@meca.edu

☐ Immunization Form (or waiver)

The following immunizations are required by Maine State Law for all post-secondary students born after 1956:

  • MMR 1 and 2
    • You must have two shots to be considered fully vaccinated against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
  • Tetanus
    • You must have a Tdap or a Td booster shot administered within the past 10 years to be considered fully vaccinated against Tetanus.

Additionally, all MECA&D students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination can be a digital copy of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card, or as part of your vaccination records from your doctor:

  • COVID-19
    • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson;
    • You must also have one booster shot from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson six months after initial vaccination to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

You may have your doctor fill out our immunization form (also linked above) or they may fax the records to the Admissions Office at 207.699.5080. Please make sure it is filled out completely or it will not be accepted.

Immunization records are due by May 13, 2022. You will not be able to begin classes without proof of immunization.

Medical exemptions are only considered with proper documentation; please reach out to studentlife@meca.edu as soon as possible before May 13 to make arrangements.

Download the immunization form here
Questions? Contact Joel Tsui, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at 207.420.0022 or joel.tsui-staff@meca.edu

☐ Housing Deposit and Housing Application

Please submit the Emergency Contact and Housing Form that can be found on your application status page; if you would like to request on-campus housing, please do so on this form. If you indicate you'd like on-campus housing, you’ll be directed to pay the $200 housing fee and deposit upon submitting this form. (The $200 fee includes a $100 one-time non-refundable housing placement fee and a $100 refundable housing security deposit.)

Both the housing fee and the completed form are necessary to hold your place in on-campus housing. Housing forms will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Contact Jen Doebler, Associate Dean of Student Life, at 207.699.5035 or studentlife@meca.edu

☐ Signed 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. Once 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 at finaid@meca.edu.

Questions? Contact Carri Frechette or Will O’Shea at 207.699.5074 or finaid@meca.edu

☐ Tuition Payment

Beginning in May, the Student Accounts Office will mail a bill for Summer 2022 tuition, fees, and any related room and board costs, minus any financial aid, scholarships, grants, or other aid you may qualify for or have obtained. Payment is due in full in mid-May. Students enrolling after May 1 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 Alexandra Anderson, Student Accounts Specialist, at 207.699.5020 or billing@meca.edu

☐ Tuition Payment Plan — optional

If you would like to pay your tuition using a payment plan, you can sign up for a monthly tuition payment plan with Nelnet Campus Commerce. For more information on payment plans available through Nelnet Campus Commerce, visit Nelnet.

Costs to Participate:

  • $60 non-refundable enrollment fee per semester
  • $30 non-refundable returned payment fee, if a payment is returned

Questions? Contact Alexandra Anderson, Student Accounts Specialist, at 207.699.5020 or billing@meca.edu

☐ Health Insurance (or waiver)

All enrolled students are required to have health insurance. Students without health insurance will be billed and provided coverage under MECA&D’s insurance. The cost of the insurance for the 2021–2022 year was $2,950. (We will know the 2022–2023 information soon and will update.) The current insurance information can be viewed at crossagency.com/meca or on this downloadable health insurance PDF.

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 will be able to visit crossagency.com/meca beginning in June to opt out.

Questions? Contact Alexandra Anderson, Student Accounts Specialist, at 207.699.5020 or billing@meca.edu

☐ Official College Transcripts

Applicants who are currently completing coursework in the Spring 2022 semester, or have submitted unofficial transcripts during the admission process must submit final college transcripts with final grades and, if completing undergraduate studies, a graduation date before entering the MAT program in Summer 2022.

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 admissions@meca.edu through an official transcript service like Common App, Parchment, or National Student Clearinghouse.

Physical copies can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art & Design
Attn: MFA Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Questions? Contact Joel Tsui, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at 207.420.0022 or joel.tsui-staff@meca.edu

☐ Setting up your MECA&D email account

Beginning in June, we'll send you an email to set up your official MECA&D email address. The registrar will send an email to the address we have on file that outlines how to set up your MyMECA&D account. This creates your meca.edu 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&D account here

Please make a habit of using your MECA&D email, as all communications will move to your student email address with no exceptions.

Questions? Contact Julie Smith, Assistant Registrar, at 207.699.5057 or registrar@meca.edu

☐ Applying for Outside Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office compiles an extensive list of outside and independent scholarships for which MECA&D students are often competitive. We highly recommend you take some time to apply for these scholarships that can reduce the cost of attendance.

In addition, students often say they have the most success with sources that offer local scholarships. These include, for example, family members' (immediate and extended) employers, civic organizations such as local chapters of Rotary clubs, and religious organizations such as Knights of Columbus. Be sure to check at your local high school, town hall, library, and Chamber of Commerce for more possible scholarship opportunities.

You can access the most recent scholarship list here (last updated 12/9/2021)

Questions? Contact Carri Frechette or Will O'Shea at 207.699.5074 or finaid@meca.edu

☐ Visa Requirements for International Students

Once you have submitted your enrollment fee and submitted your Declaration of Finances (DOF), MECA&D 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:

The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires international applicants to submit a DOF to MECA&D 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&D.

Funds declared on the DOF must be supported by a VOF. This can be a bank statement either from your own bank, or your sponsor's bank (e.g. your parents or your partner). All documents must be in English, and the funds declared should be in US dollars or the equivalent under current exchange rates supplied by the bank. The VOF must be dated within a month of submission.

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 ebrighi@meca.edu

Recommended Social Media for Summer 2022

We also recommend you connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. To join the MECA&D Facebook group, email mfa@meca.edu and request to join. This is a great way to meet your classmates, find a roommate if you choose to live off-campus, and share information before the start of the program. You can also follow us at @meca_mfa and @mecaart on Instagram.

Header image: Joel Tsui, 「貼地」, neon, dimensions variable, 2018