Tuition & Fees

Professional Certificate Program in Visual Storytelling
(Three 10-week trimesters per academic year)


Application fee                                                    $75
Enrollment deposit due upon
acceptance (applied to initial billing)         $600
Program Costs – 30 weeks. Billed by trimester
Lab Fees*
Student Activity Fees
Program costs ( excl room & board –
see below)

Students are responsible for providing their own materials and should expect these to range in cost from $1200 – $1500 per trimester.

* Additional lab fees may be charged, course dependent. Review course descriptions for additional cost.

Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking
(Three 10-week terms per academic year)


Application fee
Enrollment deposit
(applied towards balance)
Tuition (*billed by term)
Student Activity Fee per term (3 @ $150)
Program costs (excl room & board – see below)

MFA Program

Application fee
Enrollment deposit due upon
acceptance (applied to final billing)                       
Program costs – 3 years
Tuition – 56 credits*
Retreat fees ( 7 required)
MFA Intensive fees (4 required) – 4 credits                          
Retreat lodging & meals
MFA Intensive lodging & meals
Program costs*

* Candidates may elect to attend up to 9 workshops for credit, resulting in higher tuition costs

Costs are billed at the time of registration.

MFA Retreat Audit

At times prospective applicants may wish to attend a Retreat to “get a feel” for the experience and ask questions face-to-face with faculty and current candidates prior to making formal application.  The costs incurred for that are:

Retreat Fee:  $375
Lodging:        $225
Meal plan:     $245
Total cost:     $845

Meals on Campus – Certificate Programs

Meal Plan

  • All students are required to purchase the meal plan.
  • Fall Trimester:  $275 per week and includes all meals from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast and will exist at least through October 28.  After October 28, the plan parallels the Winter/Spring term schedules and pricing.
  • Winter/Spring Trimesters: $1250, per trimester includes breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday **


Certificate Programs

Student Residences are located on-campus, Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Housing Rates subject to change. View lodging options here.

Fall, Winter, or Spring, 10-week terms:
Campus Residence, private room & private bath                 $1,825 limited availability
Summer Trimester (Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking): for rates & options contact [email protected]

Damage deposit of $200 due at registration, returned within 2 weeks of the end of the term.

Additional Costs

Students will incur additional costs, to include field trips, additional materials, books, weekend meals, admission to events, concerts and films, and personal items. A more complete list of books, materials, equipment and items each student must provide is sent to pre-registered students a few weeks before each term begins.

Lab Fees – Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking

Your lab fee covers: All equipment and upkeep of the post-production facility and the editing systems, a copy of all final projects, location management, expendables such as gels, bulbs, gaffers tape, grip and lighting equipment, technical and post-production support, location and equipment insurance, script photocopies, film testing and processing and tape stock testing.

Your lab fee does not cover: film stock for personal projects, film processing for final projects, tape stock beyond one piece of mini DV tape, additional lens or equipment rental outside of Maine Media College.

Lab Fees – Darkroom – Professional Certificate Program in Visual Storytelling

Your lab fee covers all normal B&W processing chemistry, including D-76, our standard film developer, and the Sprint System which we have used for many years with excellent results. It does not include film developers other than D-76, toners, or special chemistry for non-silver and other advanced courses. Some advanced courses require additional lab fees.

Lab Fees – Digital – Professional Certificate Program in Visual Storytelling

Photography students who will be working digitally are required to bring their own card readers and necessary cables (Please see attached list of what to bring).  Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop with Adobe Lightroom 5 and/or Photoshop CS6 installed. There are workstations here for students to use for classes.  Students should bring hard drives for storing and archiving their images.  Printers are available for digital students to print their work.  Students are required to supply their own paper. Our Digital Service Bureau is outfitted with large format printers, which students may use for final prints. This is a pay-per-service option. Some advanced courses require additional lab fees.

Equipment Security Deposit – All Programs

A credit card or check security deposit of $1,000 is required from all students to cover the use of school equipment from the Technical Department, Digital Service Bureau and Studio. A Student must leave a check or have a credit on file in the business office in order to work with the school’s equipment in production classes. Credit cards are not charged at this time, but are authorized for $1000.  There must be $1000 available at this time.  Debit cards are not accepted.   Students receive a receipt to bring to the Technical Department or Digital Service Bureau in order to check out equipment.  Students are not able to participate in production classes until these requirements are met.  A great deal of trust is placed upon Maine Media College students to use equipment safely and to treat the equipment with great care and never leave it unsupervised.  Students are only charged if equipment under their supervision is lost or damaged.  All film students must go through the “proper equipment care and etiquette” tutorial with the Technical Department before equipment can be checked out.

In the case of loss or extensive damage to equipment, students may be responsible for actual repair or replacement costs in excess of the deposit.

Payment Due – All Programs

All fees are to be paid in US. funds.

Payment must be received, or suitable arrangements made, 4 weeks prior to the start of each term. Financial Aid, including work study assignments, must also be approved at least 4 weeks before the start of any term.

We will accept personal and company checks, provided final payment reaches us at least 4 weeks prior to the start of each term. We prefer not to use credit cards for final payment, however if a balance is paid by credit card, a surcharge may be added.

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Certificate Programs

Students who withdraw or are dismissed within the first fourteen days of any given trimester shall receive a full tuition refund.

Students who withdraw or are dismissed after the second week and prior to the fifth week of any given trimester shall receive a fifty percent tuition refund.

Students who withdraw or are dismissed after the fifth week will receive no refund.

To receive a refund, students must submit written notification of withdrawal. The date that written notification is received determines charges and refunds.

Students withdrawing or dismissed are responsible for all financial obligations not covered by the institution’s refund policy.

If the student requests cancellation and/or refund within 3 business days after submission of a deposit, the school shall refund all monies paid to the school by the student. In the case of a student whose enrollment application is rejected by the school, the school shall refund in full all monies paid to the school by the student, less an application fee that may not exceed $25.

In the case of termination or withdrawal after classes commence, the school may retain the registration fee (not to exceed $150) and other charges as specified in the refund policy. Refunds shall be made within 30 days after the effective date of withdrawal or termination.

A cancellation fee of $100 will be assessed for cancellations of campus accommodations made within ten days before the start of the program.

In the unlikely event that Maine Media College is unable to fulfill its commitment to the student by offering the Certificate or Degree program, all monies will be refunded to the student.

MFA Program

Students are required to register and pay for credits within 30 days of the start of a semester. The semester start date is determined as the Monday immediately following a retreat. Should a student elect to permanently withdraw from the program prior to registration, no refund of tuition is due. In instances that a student has prepaid for credits and subsequently withdraws permanently from the program, a full refund of tuition is paid for any unearned credits, provided the student formally withdraws prior to registration (within 30 days of the start of the semester) and project mentors have not earned any part of their fees. If mentors have begun working on projects with the student prior to registration, the tuition refund will be prorated as of the date of withdrawal.

A refund of half the tuition for any unearned credits is paid should the Candidate withdraw after 30 days but prior to 90 days after the start of the semester.

After 90 days, no refund of tuition is paid.

Requests to withdraw must be made in writing to the MFA office. Fees paid for retreat attendance are nonrefundable.