Applying for Undergraduate Financial Aid
Students and their parents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 1 to receive priority for need-based financial aid.
Aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis: The sooner you complete the FAFSA, the better your chances are of receiving all the aid you're entitled to get. You do not need to be accepted to MCAD before completing the FAFSA. Please keep in mind that you may submit your FAFSA to meet our deadline with estimates from the previous year. When you complete your federal taxes, you may then go back and update with correct information.
How to Apply
- If you do not have a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA, request one now.
- Complete all federal income taxes.
- Fill out the FAFSA. MCAD’s school code is 002365.
- If you receive a request for additional information for verification purposes or to determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid, respond as quickly as possible. Any delay in responding will cause a delay in our ability to provide you with an offer of financial assistance.
There is no cost to apply for financial aid; however, you must submit a new FAFSA form for each academic year. The priority deadline for filing your FAFSA each year is March 1.
For any information submitted on the FAFSA that you feel needs further explanation, please contact the financial aid office.
How Aid Packages Are Calculated
MCAD is committed to a need-based financial aid program: Once you complete your FAFSA, your aid is calculated based on your and your family's financial need.
All incoming students are analyzed in terms of the family income, the household size, and the number of students in the household who are attending college. This information is collected in the FAFSA and is used to calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is deducted from the total cost of attending MCAD to calculate your Demonstrated Need.
Notification of Award
New students accepted to MCAD will receive award notifications that indicate the programs and amounts of assistance being offered by MCAD. If you do not qualify for need-based aid, you will receive an award notification indicating your eligibility for an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan in addition to any merit scholarships awarded.