Cost | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Review the full cost of an MCAD education, prior to your financial aid.

2021/22 Academic Year

Tuition Per Semester Per Year
12-18 Credits $20,672 $41,344
1 Credit (if fewer than 12 or more than 18) $1,723 (fall, spring)
$1,068 (summer)
Fees Per Semester Per Year
Student Activity Fee $100 $200
Technology Fee $125 $250
Health Insurance (waived with proof of personal insurance) $1,916* $3,832*
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $1,530 $3,060
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Per Year
Housing Deposit N/A $350
Apartment Rental (per student, duration of 2020/21 academic year) $1,840-$4,475** $3,680-$8,950**
One-Time Fees for New Students
Required Macbook Purchase $1,800
Enrollment Deposit $300

*Anticipated Premium

**Rental charges for student apartments vary based on type of unit, number of occupants, and whether the unit is furnished or unfurnished. Listed apartment rental charge is per student and includes internet service and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office at 612.874.3780 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.