New Students

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid is 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. We highly encourage all eligible students to complete the FAFSA application for need-based aid consideration.

 Applications submitted between October 1 and February  1 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 eligible 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 Department of Education. 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 admitted students are automatically considered for merit based scholarships and our competitive scholarship competition.  No application is required.

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