• Undergraduate
    • Types of Financial Aid Options for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
  • Graduate
    • Types of Financial Aid Options for the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degree Programs
  • Post-Baccalaureate
    • Types of Financial Aid Options for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
  • Pre-College
    • Types of Financial Aid Options for the Pre-College Summer Session

Financial Aid Options for Pre-College Summer Session Students

A limited number of scholarships are awarded based on financial need and artistic merit. Students who apply and complete an application by the priority application deadline of April 17 will be considered for all potential scholarships listed below.

Applying for a scholarship is no different than applying for the program. Review the admission requirements to learn how to apply.

Full Tuition Scholarship Types

  • Economic-Need Based
    Full tuition scholarships are available for students demonstrating economic need. For these scholarships, financial need is given the most weight in the decision (historically, a family/supporting guardian AGI of <60K), but students who also submit strong corresponding application pieces will have the best opportunity of receiving a scholarship. Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must also supply a copy of their parents’ 2014 tax form in addition to all other required application pieces.

Partial Tuition Scholarship Types

  • $500 Academic or Portfolio Merit-Based
    A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students who demonstrate outstanding portfolios or academic success, independent of financial need, are eligible to receive partial scholarships. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous scholarship to the Pre-College Summer Session program.

  • $1,000 MCAD Undergraduate Scholarships
    Based on their adherence to high academic standards and student conduct, four of the most exemplary Pre-College students in both overall performance/participation and artistic merit will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend MCAD as an undergraduate. All students will be eligible.


Generous past and current support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, alongside the Best Buy Corporation, Boss Foundation, David Winton Bell Foundation, and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Questions? Find more program information below or contact MCAD Continuing Education at or 612.874.3765.