How to Apply for Financial Aid

Aid Award Notifications

There are four timelines for aid award notifications: Early Decision, Early Action I, Early Action II, and Regular Decision. These correspond to the undergraduate admission decision plans.

Early Decision

If MICA is your first choice for college study, you may want to consider our Early Decision Plan. The plan is designed to let you know of our admission decision early in your senior year and is intended for talented students with strong academic records.

 

Date Action / Notification
November 1 Admission Application Deadline
November 1 Early Decision Financial Aid Online Application and FAFSA deadline to receive an estimated award with the admission decision
December 1 Admission and early estimated Financial Aid package mailed
February 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Early Action 

Early Action is non-binding and enables students with strong interest in attending MICA to learn of their admission decision and aid award months earlier than Regular Decision. Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1 to make their enrollment decision and make their deposits.

Early Action Timelines

Early Action I - Fall 2019

Date Action / Notification
December 1, 2018 Admission/scholarship and financial aid application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered

Early Action II - Fall 2019

Date Action / Notification
January 5, 2019 Admission/scholarship and financial aid application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered

Students with incomplete financial aid applications at the time of Early Decision or Early Actions notifications, but complete their applications by the Regular Decision deadline, will receive final aid awards the first week in April.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision is the last admission cycle. Students admitted through Regular Decision have until May 1 to make their enrollment decision and make their deposits.

Regular Decision Timeline

First Year Spring 2019

Date Award / Notification
November 1, 2018 Admission/scholarship application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)
November 15, 2018 Financial Aid application deadline

First Year Fall 2019

Date Action / Notification
February 1, 2019 Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships. Admission notification mailed February 26-March 6.
April 1, 2019 Notification of competitive scholarship awards and final Financial Aid packages mailed.
May 1, 2019 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

 

Date Action/ Notification
February 1, 2019 Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships. Admission notification mailed February 26-March 6.
April 1, 2019 Notification of competitive scholarship awards and final Financial Aid packages mailed.
May 1, 2019 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Special Circumstances

With the arrival of the new early FAFSA and income data now being assessed for 2018-19 on 2016 federal tax return data, some families may have significant changes in income from 2016 to 2017 income data. MICA will give families the opportunity to explain significant drops in income or other special circumstances from 2016 to 2017 and, as appropriate, will consider the use of 2017 income information in assessing needs. Please use the section provided on the MICA Financial Aid Application to explain any significant changes from 2016 to 2017 income.

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Office of Financial Aid

Location

Bunting Center 1401 W. Mount Royal Baltimore, MD 21217