Memphis College of Art provides budget estimates for the cost of attending MCA for one academic year. The budget for living in the student residences includes tuition and fees, the cost of student housing (in the most expensive of MCA housing options), living expenses including food, transportation, books and art supplies, and personal expenses such as clothing. All budget costs outside of tuition and fees are estimated and therefore can vary according to preference and lifestyle.

The cost of a private school education is an investment in your future. To make your education affordable we encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid along with outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. See our information on outside scholarship search tips under Scholarship Resources.

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As a private college, MCA does not have an in-state or out-of-state tuition cost. The price is the same for all applicants.

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2019-20 Undergraduate Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees for one year $33,100
Housing (estimated based on Fogelman and Metz Hall) $6,890
Food (estimated) $2,000
Art supplies and books (estimated) $1,650
Transportation (estimated) $1,500
Personal expenses (estimated) $1,500
TOTAL $46,670

2019-20 Housing Annual Costs

Parkside $5,820
Parkside efficiency $6,330

2019-20 Undergraduate Part-Time Costs

Undergraduate tuition and cost of attendance amounts will be prorated for part-time attendance. Cost of attendance is prorated at ¾ time, ½ time, and ¼ time. Tuition is charged per course (see below). Undergraduate fees are not prorated.

Tuition per 3 credit hour class $4,050
Semester fees (not prorated) $365

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