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 August!

Enrollment & Registration Checklist for Fall 2021

☐ Salt Enrollment Agreement

The Salt Enrollment Agreement contains the 2021–2022 tuition information, fee schedule, and refund policies. All new students must sign the form and return to MECA via AdobeSign before classes begin. 

Questions? Contact Admissions at 207.699.5021or admissions@meca.edu

☐ Immunization Records & COVID Proof of Vaccination

According to Maine State Law, every post-secondary student born after 1956 must be immunized against the diseases of diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus. You must submit proof of immunization before you can attend classes.

You may have your doctor fill out the form linked above or they may simply 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 August 1, 2021.

New for 2021: All MFA, MAT, Salt, and BFA students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021, in order to be enrolled at the Maine College of Art. Individuals who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine created by Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are considered to be fully vaccinated after 14 days have passed since the final dose.

Proof of vaccination must be sent to admissions@meca.edu by August 1, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Medical exemptions considered with proper documentation; please reach out to studentlife@meca.edu by Friday, June 18, 2021, at 5:00pm.

Faculty and staff are also being required to be vaccinated which means we can all look forward to the safest MECA community possible for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! Email studentlife@meca.edu if you have any questions — we are eager to get everyone's documentation in without too many reminders!

Download the immunization form here
Questions? Contact Admissions at 207.699.5026 or admissions@meca.edu or Student Life at studentlife@meca.edu

☐ Official College Transcripts

Applicants who were completing coursework in the Spring 2021 semester must submit final college transcripts before entering the Salt Fall 2021 semester. Please submit an official copy to the Admissions Office as soon as they are available, preferably delivered through an official transcript service like Common App, Parchment, or National Student Clearing House, or if mailed, please have them sent to:

Maine College of Art
Graduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

☐ 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 done by the Department of Education. 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 finaid@meca.edu

☐ 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 as soon as possible(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 payment and the application are necessary to hold your place in on-campus housing. All housing assignments will be emailed to students as soon as possible.

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 studentlife@meca.edu

☐ Health Insurance

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 20212022 year is $945 for Fall admits for a policy period of September through December. $1,830 for Spring admits for a policy period of January through August. 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 Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts, at tjackson@meca.edu

☐ Setting up your MECA email account

Beginning in late June, 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 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 account here
Questions? Contact Anne Dennison, Registrar, at 207.699.5054 or adennison@meca.edu, or Julie Smith, Assistant Registrar, at 207.699.5057 or jsmith@meca.edu

☐ Fall 2021 Tuition

Bills will be mailed from the Student Accounts Office shortly after your enrollment fee is received. Student Accounts will mail a bill for Fall 2021 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. Payment is due in full by July 23, 2021 (subject to extension). 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 tjackson@meca.edu

☐ 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 ebrighi@meca.edu