New Students

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are only offered to students who have been accepted for admission. However, applicants should not wait for an admission decision before beginning the financial aid process.

 Applications submitted between October 1st and March 1st will receive priority funding consideration.

Financial Aid Application Procedures

Step 1: Application for Admission

Complete and submit your Undergraduate Admission Application using the CommonApp.

Step 2: FAFSA

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

MICA's Federal School code is 002080.

Prospective First-Year Students

Entering Students Applying For Aid

A completed Financial Aid application consists of a valid FAFSA . If you are selected for verification then there may be other individual documents as required. You will have an assigned Financial Aid Professional to help you from start to finish.

FAFSA Now Available

You may be aware that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has become available for completion earlier than in past years. The FAFSA will be available on October 1st each school year.  MICA will require the FAFSA as the basis for determining eligibility for most sources of need-based aid. We encourage all new students to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your high school senior year. 

Online FAFSA Submission and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Complete the FAFSA at MICA's school code is 002080. You and your parents should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA application to transfer federal income tax data from the IRS onto the FAFSA automatically. Using DRT results in fewer errors and less paperwork and forms required by the federal government. Be sure to use the exact address (including abbreviations) as it appeared on the federal income tax return to transfer the data successfully.

Scholarship Applications

All prospective students are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid as well as Admission Competitive Scholarships. Completing requirements for both will give you the best opportunity to be eligible for all the financial resources available to you. Admission Competitive Scholarship applications are due no later than February 1. MICA-sponsored scholarships have always been a significant piece in our financial aid packages. 

Resources and Tools


Federal Student Aid

Types of Federal Student Aid 

FAFSA Overview 

Maryland State Aid


Questions? We can help.

Office of Financial Aid


Bunting Center 1401 W Mount Royal Ave Baltimore, MD 21217