Welcome to MECA!

Maine College of Art is closely monitoring COVID-19. Please visit this page regularly to obtain updates for the summer and fall terms, as the dates listed below are subject to change. View MECA's 2020-2021 Welcome to Campus Plan FAQ here

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 — as many of us are working remotely or in a hybrid model, emails can be faster in some cases.

Please note that the steps outlined below will begin once you have submitted your enrollment fee.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in January!

Dates & Deadlines — Enrolling for Spring 2021

Important Dates for Incoming Students

Priority deadline for enrolling for Spring 2021
December 1, 2020

Priority deadline for housing applications
December 1, 2020

Registration begins for Spring 2021 classes
Mid-December 2020

Housing assignments are made
first-come, first served based on receipt of housing fee and application

Signed Financial Aid Award Letter due
Monday, December 7, 2020 or asap

 

BFA Enrollment Agreement due
Friday, December 11, 2020 or asap

Last day to enroll in payment plan for Spring 2021
Friday, December 11, 2020

Tuition and budget worksheets due for Spring 2021
Friday, December 11, 2020

Immunization Forms, Master Promissory Note, Entrance Counseling, Final Transcripts due
January 4, 2021

AP Credits and College Transcripts due
January 4, 2021 or asap (if credit is desired)

Move-in Days
Sunday, January 10, 2021

BFA Orientation (required)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

First Day of BFA Classes for New Students
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Enrollment & Registration Checklist for Spring 2021

Housing Deposit & Application or Housing Exemption

On-campus housing is required for new first-time, first-year students. If you have not yet submitted the $200 housing fee and deposit, please submit this 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. Housing applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you think you may qualify for a housing exemption and would like to request to live off-campus, please review the criteria here and fill out the housing exemption form instead of the housing application.

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 housing@meca.edu

Register for Classes

Registration for classes is a two step process, as outlined below:

  1. The registrar will send an email to your email address on file. The email will include instructions to set up your MECA email. Once you set this up and go into your MECA email you will find an email with instructions to set up your MyMECA account where you can obtain your class schedule, see your grades, get information about billing, and access your financial aid information.
  2. The Registrar will be creating a schedule for you in December or early January which you will be able to view in your MyMECA. The classes are all required for first-year students starting in the spring semester, so students will not make any choices of their own at this time. For students transferring in, the Registrar's Office will contact you by phone to create a schedule around the classes you transferred in from previous colleges.


View a visual tutorial for setting up your MyMECA account here
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

BFA Enrollment Agreement

The BFA 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 by December 11, 2020.

Note: If you are under 18 years of age at the time of signing, the form will be slightly different — please email Ally Anderson at alexandra.anderson@meca.edu for additional instructions.

The BFA enrollment agreement can be signed and submitted using AdobeSign here
Questions? Contact Admissions at 207.699.5026 or admissions@meca.edu

Budget Worksheet

In order to help plan out your budget for the upcoming academic year, please fill out and return the 2020–2021 BFA Budget Sheet provided here. This sheet, for new students, will let us know whether you would like to use a payment plan, loans, or other means of payment for your bill.

Please fill out and return the budget worksheet for new students by December 11, 2020.

You can download a blank budget sheet here.
Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Coordinator, at 207.699.5049 or billing@meca.edu

Signed Financial Aid Agreement

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

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

Financial Aid Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling — complete if you are receiving Direct Loans

If you are accepting a Direct Loan as part of your financial aid package, you will need to sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling, both are done online. All students receiving Direct Loans need to complete both steps.

You will need your driver’s license, FSA ID, and two references with their names and addresses.

In order to receive your Federal Direct Loan(s) funds please follow these steps:

Step 1: Sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  1. Go to www.studentaid.gov
  2. Sign in at the box in the upper right hand corner with your FSA ID
  3. Click on "Complete Master Promissory Note" in the middle of the page
  4. Select Subsidized/Unsubsidized

Step 2: Complete Loan Entrance Counseling
Entrance counseling will help you understand your loan, types of loans and terms, options for finding free money, and borrowing limits. This step will take 20–30 minutes and must be completed in a single session. Other types of counseling are also available, including advice on managing finances, though these are not required.

  1. Go to www.studentaid.gov
  2. Sign in at the box in the upper right hand corner with your FSA ID
  3. Click on "Complete Counseling"
  4. Select "Entrance Counseling"

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

Spring 2021 Tuition

Beginning in early November or once you are registered for classes, the Student Accounts Office will mail a bill to the home address we have on file for 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 Friday, December 11, 2020. Students enrolling after that date will receive an updated payment due date and may be subject to an earnest deposit on tuition.

Please note that because you may not be assigned a housing option until after the bill is issued, the line item for housing costs may be an estimate — this cost will either be completely accurate or will only change slightly when the housing placements are finalized.

If you'd like to discuss payment plans, read on below and/or contact the Student Accounts Office to see which options may work best for you.

Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Coordinator, at 207.699.5049 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 tuition payment plan with Nelnet. The payment plan for Spring 2021 is a 5-month that allows you to pay for tuition and fees over a longer period of time. Nelnet Open Enrollment is November 1–December 11, with regularly scheduled payments processed on the 15th of each month between December and April.

Costs to Participate:
• $60 non-refundable enrollment fee per Semester
• $30 non-refundable returned payment fee, if a payment is returned

Please note that when students begin their next full academic year in Fall 2021, they may opt in to a full-year payment plan which spans 10 months.

Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Coordinator, at 207.699.5049 or billing@meca.edu

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, which is $1,806 for the Spring 2021 semester (policy period is 1/1/21–8/31/21). The current insurance information can be viewed at crossagency.com/meca.

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; visit crossagency.com/meca to opt out.

Questions? Contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Coordinator, at 207.699.5049 or billing@meca.edu

Official Final High School Transcripts

In order to disperse your federal financial aid, MECA needs proof of your high school graduation; both first-time freshmen and transfer students will need to submit these. Please have your guidance counselor send an official copy to the Admissions Office — these can be either a physical copy with a seal or delivered through an official transcript service like Common App, Parchment, or National Student ClearingHouse.

Any of the following will fulfill this requirement:
+ Final high school transcript with printed graduation date
+ Official copy of GED, HISET, or other high school equivalency test

Final transcripts are due by Monday, January 4, 2021.

Questions? Contact Admissions at 207.699.5026 or admissions@meca.edu

Immunization Records

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 attend classes.

You may have your doctor fill out the form 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 Monday, January 4, 2021.

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

Official College Transcripts and AP Credit

Applicants who are completing or have completed college coursework will need to submit a transcript containing final grades to the Admissions Office in order for the coursework to be considered for placement. This applies to both transfer students as well as high school students who may be taking college classes. Transcripts can be either an official physical copy with a seal or delivered through an official transcript service like Common App, Parchment, or National Student Clearing House.

Applicants seeking Advanced Placement credits must submit official test scores to the Admissions Office, preferably no later than January 4, 2021. Maine College of Art awards credit for test scores of 4 or above.

Questions? Contact Admissions at 207.699.5026 or admissions@meca.edu

Applying for Outside Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office compiles an extensive list of outside and independent scholarships for which MECA 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 10/22/2020)
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 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

Orientation Questions?

See everything you need to know about preparing for classes, living in the residence halls, and more at our Orientation page!