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 by March  15th 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

To apply for federal student aid, complete the (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a free application that gives you access to lots of types of financial aid to help pay for college.

The  new FAFSA will be available October 1st every year.

When completing your FAFSA, be sure to include MICA's school code (002080) to avoid delays in the processing of your aid. Remember, you need to complete a FAFSA each year!

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 once it becomes available.

Online FAFSA Submission and the IRS Direct Data Exchange

Complete the FAFSA at  MICA's school code is 002080.

Students, spouses, parents, and stepparents (contributors) will now need to provide their consent to provide their Federal Tax Information (FTI) in the new Consent to Retrieve and Disclose Federal Tax Information section of the FAFSA for federal student aid eligibility.

We strongly encourage using the data share with IRS, as opposed to manually entering tax information.

Scholarship Applications

All admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. 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