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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$40,974 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$31,450 tuition
$6,600 on campus room & board
$2,724 books
$200 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$40,974 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$31,450 tuition
$6,600 on campus room & board
$2,724 books
$200 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$10,591 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
97% of students receive aid
32% get federal aid ($3,679 avg)
22% get state aid ($3,039 avg)
89% get institn'l aid ($10,591 avg)
96% get loans ($6,635 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 2.30% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.30% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $12,680 89%
Federal Grant Aid $3,679 32%
Pell Grants $3,115 32%
Other Federal Grants $1,161 16%
Institution Grant Aid $10,591 89%
State Grant Aid $3,039 22%
Student Loans $6,635 96%
Federal Loans $5,385 96%
Other Loans $9,912 12%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$8,000 - $15,000 Y N Y Y
- N Y N N
- N N N Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: June 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: after March 1st
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-3700
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,310
Out of State $1,310


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Jaclyn
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    MCAD is a private art school so it is spendy! But there are scholarships you can apply for and there is work study at this school too. Work study is very nice to have if you are eligible. I think the money is definitely worth going here-you learn so much, improve your skills and work, and you can meet some very inspiring artists!

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  • Maddi from Mission, TX
  • Jun-13-2013 I am a current student here

    MCAD tuition is certainly very expensive, but I can personally assure you that you are getting quality education from people who are passionate about their art (and who currently work in their chosen field). The facilities are high-quality, and the studios are spacious and make excellent workspaces.

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  • Jane from St. Paul, MN
  • Feb-18-2013 I am a past student here

    Small enough to focus. Make sure you find an internship early. You need experience and a great portfolio. Visual Art degrees don't get jobs with resumes, focus on building your portfolio. GET AN ADVISOR EARLY AND GET GUIDANCE.

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  • Aurora from Portland, OR
  • Aug-30-2012 I am a current student here

    I've been here less than a week and I've already learned how to make a movie in photoshop and a still life, not to mention learning stuff in my general classes as well. It is really expensive, but you learn a lot, and there are extensive scholarships. It's totally worth it.

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  • Kaitlyn from Somerset, WI
  • Aug-11-2012 I am a current student here

    MCAD is a private college, a private ART college so yes it is quite spend-y. But I do believe it is worth the price to go to a school like MCAD with it's staff and faculty who have worked in their respective fields who have hands on experience and can use that knowledge to teach their students, thus preparing them a little better. On top of the wonderful faculty the dorms for MCAD are all located on campus, there is a Bistro which has a wide range of delicious and nutritious food, there are several restaurants within walking distance of campus, the school provides weekly trips to nearby grocery stores for students living on campus. Also on several occasions the school provides free food during events held at MCAD.

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