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.
  • $11M in aid is awarded to MCAD students annually.
  • MCAD tuition is below the national art college average.
  • Minneapolis is far cheaper to live in than LA, Seattle, NYC, or San Francisco.*

If you are committed to studying art and design, you will find we are just as committed to helping you afford an MCAD education.

There are a number of financial aid opportunities, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, available to you as an MCAD student. Plus, check out this infographic about the perks of going to 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.