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Pre-College in Baltimore Costs

Tuition and Fees


$50 Application Fee
$4,500 Includes tuition,  room and board, after-class
activities, and health center fee.
$4,550 Total Fees 

Other Expenses

Required art supplies—see course descriptions for estimated materials expenses for core studio courses and workshops.

Museum fees for trips in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York. Admission fees range from free to $20. Estimated cost: $75–$150 (for museum admission, meals, and miscellaneous spending money on field trips).


Spending money for snacks, laundry, personal purchases, additional (non-required) art supplies, and other miscellaneous items. On average, students spend approximately $80 per week.
Estimated cost: $400–$450.

Shipping Art Work Home

At the end of the program, students are able to ship their artwork home through a local mailing service that is hired by MICA for this purpose. The pricing is dependent upon the quantity of the work, the size and weight, and the location of the shipping address. Students or their parents must supply credit card information for this service.

Insufficient Fund Charge

You will be charged $25 for any check returned to MICA by your bank.

Refund Policy

No tuition is refunded to students asked to leave the program for violations of school policies or regulations. Students who withdraw for any reason must do so in writing. Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal prior to May 30=100% (minus non-refundable application fee)
  • Withdrawal prior to June 28=50% (minus non-refundable application fee)
  • Withdrawal after June 28=NO REFUND

Please allow six weeks for the processing of refunds.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of full and partial need/merit-based awards are available to students who are applying to the Baltimore Pre-College Studio Residency Program. Students who are interested in applying for financial assistance should submit the financial assistance application form and a copy of their parents’ most recent tax return in addition to the other application materials. Applications must be complete in order for the student to be considered for financial assistance. Awards are provided to students who demonstrate significant need as well as artistic and academic merit as exhibited in their application portfolio, essay, teacher recommendation, and transcript. Due to limited funding for financial assistance, students seeking assistance are highly encouraged to apply by the priority decision deadline of March 28, 2013.

Payment Plan Option

Students who are accepted into the MICA Pre-College Program will receive information about the payment plan option that is available along with their acceptance package.