Admitted: Student Accounts and Billing | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Admitted: Student Accounts and Billing

The MCAD Business Office provides tuition bills, sets up student accounts, and collects tuition, housing fees, and other charges and payments for all students. They also help with setting up tuition payment plans as well as bookstore accounts.

Students will be emailed important instructions regarding online access to their tuition bill and payment options after course registration.

Semester You Are Starting at MCAD Deposits Due Payments Due
Fall Semester
May 1 August 1
Spring Semester (January) November 1, prior year First Friday in January
Summer Semester* (June) April 1 May 20

See all admissions dates and deadlines

*Only applicable to students pursuing an MA in Creative Leadership; no other degree programs offer a summer start.

View Your Tuition Bill and Payment Options

To access and pay your tuition bill, you must first activate your MCAD login.


Once your student has completed the online FERPA Form, you will receive activation instructions from the MCAD Records Office, mailed to the email address provided by your student. 

Once parents have activated their own account, they will select their student(s) from the myMCAD Parent Dashboard, and use the 'Launch MAX' link to view and pay tuition, pay a deposit, or activate/access a payment plan.

Parent account activation may take up to 24 hours to process, depending on when they are submitted. For faster processing, students are encouraged to complete activation requests during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday and before noon on Friday.


Once you have activated your MCAD user profile, you may log in to your myMCAD Student Dashboard and click “Launch MAXPay” to access your student financial information 24/7. Student account balance information, payment options, eRefund enrollment, and payment plan information may be accessed from the main page of your MAXPay account.

To authorize parent access, login to your myMCAD student dashboard and complete a FERPA Form for individual parents, and/or third party payers.

Pay Your $300 Tuition Deposit

Credited to your tuition upon enrollment

You will need:

  • Your MCAD username—Emailed to admitted students
  • Your MCAD Student ID—Emailed to admitted students
  • Your MCAD login password—Created during the MCAD login activation process
  1. Log in to your myMCAD Student Dashboard and click “Launch MAXPay”
  2. Select, 'Payments & Deposits" from the Main Menu
  3. Click, "Select" next to the Tuition Deposit item description
  4. Choose your method of payment and complete the payment process
  5. You will receive a confirmation email/ receipt once your payment has been processed. Receipt information is stored under "MAXPay & eRefund Transaction History", on the MAX Main Page.

MCAD has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance to offer GradGuard Tuition Protection coverage to students and families. Learn More.

International Student Tuition and Deposit Payment

Students with international bank accounts may request electronic wire transfer payments using flywire (a peerTransfer company). MCAD has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline international payments by eliminating hidden bank fees and saving on exchange rates for students. flywire's customer support team is available 24/7 via live chat, Skype, email, and phone.

International students may access account balance information by logging into the myMCAD Student Dashboard, clicking “Launch MAXPay,” and following the "View Your Tuition Bill and Payment" instructions above. Tuition and housing deposit payments will appear as payment options after you have created your flywire user account, following the steps below.

Bank Transfer Process

  1. Go to MCAD's Flywire page
  2. Create your own personal Flywire account and login
  3. Select the country from which your funds will be coming from and the payment amount you wish to make to your student account (for example, $300 USD tuition deposit). If your country's currency is not available for transfer, you must select United States Dollars (USD)
  4. Provide Flywire with some basic information, including your MCAD Student ID
  5. Make a traditional wire transfer from your local bank to Flywire (visit your bank online, via phone, or in person)
  6. Flywire will then convert the funds to USD (if necessary) and forward the amount to MCAD where it will be directly credited to your student account
  7. Receive notification via email when your money is received by the college

Authorize New Users to View and Pay Your Bill

You may invite other users (e.g. guardian, spouse, etc.) to view and pay your bill.

  1. Log in to your myMCAD Student Dashboard where you will be directed to the "FERPA Form" page
  2. At the bottom of the page, click the gray box titled "Click Here to Grant Access"
  3. Enter all requested information on both pages, including complete contact information for the parent or third party seeking authorization. Be sure to carefully select the information you wish to grant users access to.
  4. Parents/third parties will receive an electronic notification from the records office, delivered to the email address you provide, with detailed instructions for activating their MAX account
  5. Find more information about the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act of 1974 at Student FERPA Instructions/Parent FERPA Information

Create an Art Cellar (Bookstore) Account

For your convenience, MCAD offers students and families the convenience of depositing funds into an Art Cellar account which may be accessed and replenished from your MAXPay account throughout the fall and spring semesters. Fall credit balances will automatically carry over to the spring semester and are refunded at the end of each academic year.

To add funds to your bookstore account, simply login to MAXPay and select "Make a Payment" from the left hand navigation menu. Enter the amount you would like to prepay and click, "Add to Payment" to complete your transaction.

Students receiving a financial aid overpayment may transfer up to $300 of their credit balance towards their bookstore account each week prior to the disbursement for financial aid. Please email to request a financial aid overage transfer to your Art Cellar account.

Dining on Campus

Whether you need a full meal or just a coffee to keep you running, the MCAD Cafe has you covered. Unique Food Solutions, MCAD’s food service provider, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner during the academic year offering a wide variety of fresh food options that are healthy and delicious on both our regular menu and through our daily rotating specials.  We do our best to accommodate those with special dietary needs and preferences, including offering a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.  Learn more about the MCAD Cafe.

Resident Student Food Plan

MCAD recognizes the importance of healthy eating and easy access to food for academic success for students. While MCAD’s residential apartments provide fully equipped kitchens, MCAD also has an on-campus cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on weekdays during the academic year. To promote healthy eating habits, new incoming resident students are required to purchase a $600 per semester declining balance food plan to be used in the MCAD Cafe. The plan will be charged each semester along with tuition and MCAD apartment rent. Students may choose to add additional funds to the minimum plan.

By the first day of the semester, residential students will receive in their MCAD email a virtual MCAD Cafe card for $300 to be kept on their personal mobile device. Following the first week of classes, the additional $300 will be added to your Cafe Card. The MCAD Cafe card operates much like an electronic gift card that can be used in person at the MCAD Cafe or on the mobile ordering takeout system. The virtual card allows for ease of payment, immediate access to card balances, and to add additional value to the card.

If a student withdraws from MCAD, they will be refunded following MCAD’s refund policy. If a student withdraws and the balance left in their food plan is less than the prorated refund, they will be refunded the actual remaining balance in the food plan account. 

The balance of the unused MCAD Cafe card will carry over from the Fall Semester to the Spring Semester; however, any balance of unused funds at the end of Spring Semester will be forfeited.

Exemptions from participating in this food plan can be found in the Food Plan Exemption Policy.

Cafe Declining Balance Meal Cards

While cash and credit cards are accepted at the Cafe, students are highly encouraged to purchase a declining balance meal card that operates much like a gift card. It provides a convenient method to pay for meals at the Cafe or through our online mobile order system. Visit to purchase a card.  While a physical card is available, we recommend students use the virtual cards that are kept on each student's personal cell phones for ease of payment, immediate access to card balances and to easily add value.  Alternatively, visit us in person during regular business hours and we can assist you.  Full refunds are available at any time by emailing or calling 612-874-3592.

How much should I budget each semester?

It depends on how often you visit us and on your meal preferences. Generally, a full meal and beverage costs $8.50 each. If you’re planning to visit us for lunch every weekday and a couple of times for breakfast or dinner each week, plan for a starting balance of $1000 each semester.  Again, it depends on your food choices and frequency of visits.

Financial Disclosure Agreement

All MCAD students pursuing a degree must validate their enrollment by completing the online Financial Disclosure Agreement form. This electronic form is a required document that must be completed before enrolling at MCAD for the first time in a degree program. The form will be available one business day after the tuition deposit is paid by logging in to

Questions about paying your bill? Contact the business office at 1.877.744.5219 prior to the bill's due date.