At Maine College of Art, 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 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.

Tuition and Fees (2020–21)

Item Full Time Semester Full Time Annual Part Time
Tuition $18,425 $36,850 $1,535/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 $18,815 $37,580 varies 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.

Additional Fees

Item Full Time Semester Full Time Annual Part Time
Mandatory Health



Lab Fees (average)


$600 varies by person

On Campus Room & Board

$6,385 (estimate)

$12,770 (estimate)

(not available)

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 BUCKS: $500 (available to off-campus students only). Learn more about our meal plans here.

*To waive this fee, please visit this site. The site was open to students in June 2020.

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.

  Fall Spring   Percentage of Refund
Withdraw by 8.23.20 1.10.21   100%
Exit form filed by 9.8.20 1.19.21  75%
Exit form filed by 9.15.20 1.26.21  40%
No refund after 9.15.29 1.26.21  0%

Payment Schedule

June 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 June 1st on a space-available basis.

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 Nelnet Campus Commerce. The Business Office sends literature about Nelnet Campus Commerce payment plans directly to students during the summer. For more information on payment plans available through Nelnet Campus Commerce, visit

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 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.