Tuition & Fees

MFA Program (effective November 2019 Retreat)

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

** Lodging subject to availability

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:        $275
Meal plan:     $295
Total cost:     $945


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 

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.

Refund Policy for Recipients of Veterans Education Benefits

Maine Media College complies with the VA requirement for a pro rata refund of the unused portion of tuition, fees and charges if the veteran or eligible person fails to enter the course, withdraws, or is terminated before completion. (38 CFR 21.4254(C)(13); 21.4255). For more information contact the Director of Finance and Administration of Maine Media College.  Maine Media College complies with the Pro Rata Refund Policy (38 CFR 21.4255) that is applicable to veterans and other persons who are eligible for Veterans Administration benefits.

Appeal Procedure for Recipients of Veterans Education Benefits

If a student is determined to not be making satisfactory academic progress, the student may appeal the determination within ten calendar days of notification of the failed period. Reasons for which students may appeal a negative progress determination include death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or any other allowable special or mitigating circumstance. The student must submit a written appeal to the school describing why they failed to meet satisfactory academic progress standards, along with supporting documentation of the reasons why the determination should be reversed. This information should include what has changed about the student’s situation that will allow them to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress by the next evaluation point. Appeal documents will be reviewed and a decision will be made and reported to the student within 30 calendar days of receipt. The appeal and decision documents will be retained in the student file. If the student prevails upon appeal, the satisfactory academic progress determination will be reversed and federal financial aid will be reinstated, if applicable.