The idea of paying for college can seem overwhelming, but at MCAD the reality of it doesn't have to be.

  • 97% of MCAD students receive financial aid.
  • MCAD awards more than $11M in aid annually.
  • MCAD tuition is below average for U.S. art colleges.
  • Minneapolis is much less expensive to live in than LA, Seattle, NYC, or San Francisco.*

If you are committed to getting a master's degree in art and design, MCAD is just as committed to helping you afford it. There are a number of financial aid opportunities, including scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate assistantships, available to you as an MCAD graduate student. Plus, check out this infographic about the perks of enrolling in a private college in Minnesota—it costs less than you think!

We look forward to helping you invest in your future.


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*Compared to Minneapolis, Los Angeles is 52% more expensive, Seattle is 61% more expensive, NYC is 65% more expensive, and San Francisco is 149% more expensive, according to Sperling's cost of living comparison tool.