At Maine College of Art & Design, we understand that finances are often one of the most important considerations for students and families when making a college decision.  Listed below are the published costs for full-time BFA degree students.

These figures are the maximum amount a student pays to attend our college. MECA&D is committed to doing all it can to make a high-quality art education accessible to all students.

Most of our students receive significant scholarship and grant support from the college. Additional federal and state grants and scholarships are applied based on eligibility. The level of financial aid support provided is based on your demonstrated financial need and the quality of your artwork and academic achievement. It is important to us to make our education available to students from a broad range of backgrounds, therefore we will work with you and your family to make it possible for you to attain the education you deserve and the career you seek after graduation.

BFA Rate Schedule 2023-2024

Tuition and Fees (2023–24)

ItemFull Time SemesterFull Time AnnualPart Time
Tuition$20,334$40,668$1,695/per credit hour
Fees$50 one-time transcript fee$50 one-time transcript fee$50 one-time transcript fee
Technology & Services Fee$340$680$340/ per semester
Total$20,724$41,398varies by person

Tuition and Fees (2022–23)

ItemFull Time SemesterFull Time AnnualPart Time
Tuition$19,550$39,100$1,630/per credit hour
Fees$50 one-time transcript fee$50 one-time transcript fee$50 one-time transcript fee
Technology & Services Fee$340$680$340/ per semester
Total$19,940$39,830varies by person

All incoming students are billed a one time $50.00 fee which entitles a student to send transcripts at any time in the future at no charge. There are some additional studio fees charged. These studio fees vary depending on the major field of study. In addition to studio fees, students are responsible for purchasing supplies. The figures for room and board vary depending on individual needs and choices. Commuting students living at home may save some room and board expenses over the campus resident.

May 1 is the uniform reply date for the $300 enrollment fee to reserve a space in the Fall semester. It is a non-refundable enrollment fee. We continue to accept deposits after May 1 on a space-available basis.

Additional Fees

ItemFull Time SemesterFull Time AnnualPart Time
Mandatory Health

$2,975 (estimate)

(not available)

Lab Fees (average)


$600varies by person

On Campus Room & Board

(Details below)

$7,825 (estimate)

$15,650 (estimate)

(not available)

Orientation Fee$100 one-time fee$100 one-time fee$100 one-time fee
Commencement Fee$150 one-time fee$150 one-time fee$150 one-time fee
Books, Art Supplies$625 (estimate)$1,250 (estimate)varies by person
Transportation$500 (estimate)$1,000 (estimate)varies by person
Personal/Misc. $550 (estimate) $1,100 (estimate)varies by person
50 Meals plus $50 MECA&D BUCKS: $625 Learn more about our meal plans here.

Housing Fee Details

Housing Placement Fee* $100.00
Housing Security Deposit** $100.00

Optional Room & Board Charges


RoomAcademic Year

Includes 17 meals per week and 150 MECA&D bucks.


ApartmentAcademic Year

Includes 12 meals per week and 150 MECA&D bucks.


ApartmentAcademic Year

Includes 12 meals per week and 300 MECA&D bucks.


ApartmentAcademic Year

Includes 12 meals per week and 150 MECA&D bucks. 

MECA&D Bucks allow you the convenience of making purchases in the café with your student ID. Learn more.

Mandatory Health Insurance

All students at Maine College of Art & Design are required to be covered by a health insurance policy that is valid in Maine. On the billing statement there is a charge for mandatory health insurance. If you have your own health insurance, you can opt out of the MECA&D sponsored insurance plan by waiving the insurance online at

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Payment Plan

Tuition and fees are billed by semester. The balance due, after deducting any financial aid or loans, must be paid five weeks prior to the start of classes. The College also offers a monthly payment plan through Transact. Log onto MYMECA > Click Finances > My Account Balances > Go To Transact > Enroll in a Payment Plan. 

Tuition Protection Plan

Tuition Insurance to Protect Your Investment in Higher Education

At Maine College of Art & Design, we believe it is important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment you and your family are making in higher education. The Tuition Protection Plan helps students and their families overcome the financial losses that may result from events, which force students to withdraw from the semester due to a covered medical reason.  Helping families get the most out of your Maine College of Art & Design experience is always our top priority. That is why we have partnered with GradGuard™ to provide our students and their families with tuition insurance.

This coverage is supplemental protection, which strengthens and broadens the scope of our existing refund policy by reimbursing students for tuition, room and board and other fees for covered withdrawals, such as illness, injury, mental health disorders and death of a tuition payer, at any time during the semester. The Tuition Protection Plan also comes with a 24-hour Student Life Assistance hotline to help students stay safe on and off campus.

Please remember the deadline to enroll is the day before classes begin each semester.
Learn more at or call 877-794-6603.

Tuition Insurance Video YouTube Link can be found at

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from the college during a semester may be eligible for a refund. A refund is a reduction in the original tuition and housing charges, rather than a portion of the amount already paid to the college. The withdrawal date is established by the receipt of a written withdrawal notice by the Registrar's Office.

 FallSpring  Percentage of Refund
Withdraw by8.  100%
Exit form filed by9. 75%
Exit form filed by9. 40%
No refund after9. 0%

Federal Aid Recipients

Students who withdraw and receive federal financial aid will be subject to return of Title IV funds and/or repayment of unearned aid as specified in 34 CFR 668.22.  Maine College of Art & Design uses the Return of Title IV Funds for Withdrawn Students online program designed by the U. S. Department of Education to calculate the return and late disbursement of Title IV funds.