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Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$46,842 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$36,098 tuition
$7,420 on campus room & board
$2,874 books and supplies
$450 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$46,842 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$36,098 tuition
$7,420 on campus room & board
$2,874 books and supplies
$450 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$16,347 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
100% of students receive aid
42% get federal aid ($4,683 avg)
22% get state aid ($4,893 avg)
100% get institn'l aid ($16,347 avg)
94% get loans ($7,683 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.73% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.73% 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 $19,396 100%
Federal Grant Aid $4,683 42%
Pell Grants $4,391 42%
Other Federal Grants $1,973 6%
Institution Grant Aid $16,347 100%
State Grant Aid $4,893 22%
Student Loans $7,683 94%
Federal Loans $6,098 94%
Other Loans $15,399 10%

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 $1,505
Out of State $1,505


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 2
  • Ash from Chicago, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Mhhh the school is too expensive. There are a lot of free and cheap activities, but that money could be better spent on keeping tuition down. Oh but there are free van trips every Saturday and Sunday that will take you to like this big strip mall that has a Cub Foods, target, Home Depot, Michael's, and fast food places as well.

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  • 2
  • Amber
  • I am a current student here

    I do not hate this school, however I am putting A LOT of money into this art school and many students don't understand where their money is going to/don't really feel or know if the money is really going back to us students. However-that's a issue with most colleges, so don't let that be the thing to change your mind about this school. The facilities are nice, but animation students-where animation is the largest program in numbers of students-don't get their own studios; where most students feel like they pay enough money to the school in order for every major to have their own studio space. I am only in my first semester here, and I hear from most that the school actually seems all that better once you're a junior. It's honestly great for the midwest and awesome for getting into advertising.

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  • 4
  • I from MN
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    MCAD is a bit pricey but they're tons of merit based scholarships and financial aid when you apply, as well as while your attending.

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  • 4
  • Jaclyn
  • 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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