APPLICATION PROCEDURES – CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Applicants to the Certificate programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent, at least two years of college experience or equivalent professional experience and demonstrate proficiency in the visual arts. The pace of the program is demanding, requiring a high degree of motivation and the ability to work independently. A portfolio and/or reel for review is required in the admissions process. An interview either via phone or in person will be arranged once all application materials have been received by the college. Prospective students are welcome and invited to visit Maine Media College, tour the campus and meet with faculty.

Applications being accepted on a space available basis.

All applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A portfolio / reel
  • Statement of interest and intention
  • Resumé
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75. A deposit of $600 will be required upon acceptance to the program.
  • A personal interview is strongly recommended, though not required

The College will acknowledge receipt of your application and correspondence concerning all required materials. Students are notified in writing of acceptance to the program once all materials have been received and reviewed. A tuition deposit of $600 is required upon acceptance to the College. Payment in full is due within 30 days prior to the start of the first term.


Financial Aid

Maine Media is committed to providing financial assistance to its MFA students, Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling students and Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking students  (US citizens only) as they pursue their craft. To that end, the following loan programs have been implemented for students enrolled in those programs.  For information on scholarships, please click here. 

Policy for Loans to assist qualified PCVS/CCF students   (US residents only)

Full-time students may apply for loans from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $9,000. All loan proceeds will be applied to tuition and lab fees. No loan dollars will be distributed directly to the student at any time to be used for class materials, personal expenses, travel, or off campus housing expenses.

Loan proceeds will be pro-rated. No loan $ is available for the 1st trimester of the program. No loan $ will be applied unless the 1st trimester is paid in full before the beginning of the 2nd trimester.

A loan maximum of $4,500 is available for the 2nd trimester of study. The balance of the 2nd trimester must be paid in full in order to continue to the 3rd trimester. A loan maximum of $9,000 (less any loan proceeds used for the 2nd trimester) is available for the 3rd trimester of study.

Loan repayment begins 60 days after completion of the program, or in the case of withdrawal, 60 days from program withdrawal date. In the case of withdrawal, the loan balance will be adjusted to whatever funds are owed to the school at time of withdrawal. Payment is required whether or not a passing grade in the class was received. Monthly payment amounts will be set at the time the loan agreement is signed. The maximum loan length is 60 months, negotiated at time of approval. Interest is accrued at less than prevailing bank rates and will also be determined at the time of loan approval.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to keep their financial aid. Failure to maintain this GPA may result in loss of funding.


Loan Qualifications

Students must complete a loan application that requires disclosure of personal financial information including all assets both real and liquid. In addition, student must also have completed the Budget Worksheet provided to the student at the time of acceptance. The Federal FAFSA application was consulted in the development of the MMC application

Students under the age of 24, single, no dependents, are required to provide parental financial information and tax returns as is currently required by the FAFSA application.

Students with insufficient credit to sign a loan on their own merit will be required to have a loan co-signer. In the event a co-signer is required, financial information of the co-signer will be required.

LOAN APPLICATION MAY BE FOUND HERE

Policy for Loans to assist qualified MFA students 

Loan limits: $10,000 total loan with no more than 50% of total credits registered for each term deferred to loan. In order to be eligible to continue in the loan program, other balances must be kept current.  Loan proceeds are for project tuition.   All retreat fees, workshops tuition, housing, and meal plans must be paid at time of attendance.

Loan repayment begins 60 days after completion of the program, or in the case of withdrawal, 60 days from program withdrawal date.  In the case of withdrawal the loan balance will be adjusted to all funds owed to the school at time of withdrawal. Payment is required whether or not a passing grade on the project was received.  Monthly payment amounts will be set at the time the loan agreement is signed.

All signed loan agreements must be in place before a student can register or work with their mentor on their final thesis.  The final 9 credits must be completed within a 12 month period.  Loan repayment will begin at the end of 12 months plus 60 days regardless of whether program was completed in that time frame.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy

When students apply for financial aid, a statement is signed that the funds will be used for educational purposes only.  Therefore, if students withdraw before completing the program, a portion of the funds received may have to be returned.  Maine Media College will calculate the amount of funding to be returned to the Title IV HEA Federal programs according to the policies here.


 

Diploma mill definition – An entity that:
  1. Charges someone a fee and requires him to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate that may be used to represent to the general public that he has completed a program of secondary or postsecondary education or training; and
  2. Lacks accreditation by an agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting body for institutions of higher education by the Secretary (pursuant to Part H, Subpart 2 of Title IV) or a federal agency, state government, or other organization that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 

The school complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. If enrolled under training with a government agency, institution district, and/or other entity, students must meet the admission requirements set out in the training agreement and/or applicable state licensing or certifications requirements.

Policy Granting Credit (only applies to 180-hour courses)

Maine Media College will collect information provided by a prospective student to provide a record by which previous education and training may be evaluated and credit given to the student and to provide a record of such credit and reduction of program length/cost as required by the law.

Policy on Transferring/Earning Credits

Coursework and/or credit from this school may not be transferrable to other institutions of education and acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution. MMC does not accept the transfer of credits from other institutions, and transferable credits will not be earned by completing MMC programs.

Policy on Transferring Between Programs within the Institution

Programs offered at Maine Media College are self-contained. Students do not transfer from other institutions, nor do they transfer between programs within Maine Media College.

 Veterans Benefits/Other Funding Sources

All programs of study at Maine Media College are approved by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Educational Programs for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 33, Title 38, United States Code, section 3676. The determination for Chapter 33 funds is made directly through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional funding may, at times, be obtained through Maine Media College via funds donated specifically for Veterans or through other private scholarship funds. The determinations for these funds are made through the respective organizations.

Incarcerated Applicants

A student is considered to be incarcerated if she/he is serving a criminal sentence in a federal, state, or local penitentiary, prison, jail, reformatory, work farm, or similar correctional institution (whether it is operated by the government or a contractor). A student is not considered to be incarcerated if she/he is in a halfway house or home detention or is sentenced to serve only weekends. Our attendance policy specifies that all classes and practical studies require attendance at the school’s physical location; therefore, incarcerated students are not eligible for admissions.

Conviction for possession or sale of illegal drugs
  • A Federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he/she is eligible for by using the FAFSA.  Maine Media College is not required to confirm this unless there is evidence of conflicting information.
  • The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for the sale of drugs includes conviction for conspiring to sell drugs)
Possession of illegal drugs Sale of illegal drug
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 year from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 year from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ Offense Indefinite period
  • If a student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different the student will be ineligible for the longer period.
  • A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug conviction will make him/her ineligible again.
  • When a student regains eligibility during the award year, the college may award Pell and/or Loan for the current payment period.
  • A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements.
    • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program.
    • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
    • Be administered or recognized by federal, state or local government agency or court.
    • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

Upon receipt of all required documents and in good order, the prospective student is eligible to enroll in the school. When all admissions criteria and requirements are met, the prospective student is given the date of the next class. The first day of class will include financial aid and academic orientation, in which the students will sign their enrollment contract, student permit form and additional required paperwork.

FAFSA Verification

Every year a number of students who are eligible for financial aid are randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education by the FAFSA Central Processing System (CPS). If a student is selected for federal verification, they will be asked to complete a Verification Worksheet (provided by the Office of Student Financial Planning) and must provide additional information before financial aid can be disbursed to the student account. This documentation may include but is not limited to federal income tax transcript and W-2 forms (student’s, spouse and/or parents/guardians), proof of untaxed income, housing allowances, etc. Students will be notified in writing of all documents required to fulfill this federal requirement and what their verification code (V1 – V6) was so they can complete the required verification requirement. If after review by the Office of Student Financial Planning, there are any changes to the financial aid package the student will be notified in writing.

Facilities/ Services for Student with Disabilities

The school complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is wheelchair accessible. The school will provide reasonable modifications and/or accommodations for students with disabilities depending on the student’s need.

If you are interested in attending Maine Media College but are in need of accommodations, you should schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Services. At this meeting, we will discuss the nature of the reported disability and its impact on learning. We will also discuss the process of receiving reasonable accommodations at Maine Media College and the types of accommodations available.

Please bring copies of current documentation of a disability to this meeting.

Documentation must be provided by a medical expert within the last three years and include:

  • a diagnosis of the disability;
  • how the diagnosis was determined (what tests were given and the results); and
  • a clinical summary, which includes an assessment of how the disability will impact the individual in a college environment and what accommodations are recommended.

Upon completion of the initial meeting, a formal request for the accommodation must be submitted in writing to the school. The school will respond to the request within 15 days of receipt. The initial meeting, formal request, and response from the school must take place prior to the pre-enrollment process.

Note: In order to be eligible for Title IV, HEA funding, you must be able to benefit from the reasonable accommodations.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING INSTITUTIONAL OR FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Disclosure Requirement: Made available through appropriate publications, mailings, or electronic media

HEA Sec 485(a) (1)-(2), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) (1)-(2). Not changed by HEOA 34 C.F.R. 668.41 (a) – (d); 668.43 revised August 21, 2009 NPRM (revised 34 CFR 668, 43 added 34 CFR 668.231)

Each institution must make available to prospective and enrolled students information regarding how and where to contact individuals designated to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining the institutional or financial aid information required to be disclosed under HEA Sec. 485(a). This information is posted on the Maine Media College website and can be found in the student catalog. Paper copies are available upon request.

Institutional Contact Information

Name: Cathi Finnemore
Office hours:  9am – 5 pm M-F
Phone number: 207-236-8581 x 360
Email:  [email protected]