Cost | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


An MCAD education is an investment that will help you achieve your career goals. The  Admission and Financial Aid Offices at MCAD are committed to assisting you in finding ways to make your chosen program affordable. Review the full cost of an MCAD education, prior to your financial aid.

2023/24 Academic Year
Tuition Per Semester Per Year
12-18 Credits $21,687 $43,374
1 Credit (if fewer than 12 or more than 18) $1,807 N/A


Fees Per Semester Per Year
Student Activity Fee $100 $200
Technology Fee $125 $250
Health Insurance (optional) TBD TBD
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $1,820 $3,640
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Per Year
Housing Deposit N/A $350
Apartment Rental (per student, duration of 2023/24 academic year) $2,050-$6,875** $4,100-$13,750**
Required Resident Meal Card $1,400 $2,800
One-Time Payments for New Students
Required Macbook Purchase $2,000
Enrollment Tuition Deposit (credited to your tuition bill upon enrollment) $300

Estimate how much you will pay with the Net-Price Tuition Calendar for first-year or transfer students.

*Anticipated cost but subject to change

**Student Housing charges vary based on type of unit and number of occupants and can be viewed on myMCAD. Students are charged by the semester and payment is due with the tuition bill prior to the start of the semester. Listed rental charges include internet service, laundry machine usage free of charge, and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office for more information.

Financial Aid

If you are committed to studying art and design, MCAD is committed to helping your dreams become reality. It may cost a lot less than you think.

  • 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.