Receiving Aid

When You Will Hear From Us

Incoming students who have been accepted by the Admissions Office and file the FAFSA by March 1 should receive a financial assistance letter by mail by April 15 (prior to the date by which accepted students must notify Massachusetts College of Art and Design of your intent to enroll). Please note: If you are selected for verification, you will not receive a finalized financial assistance letter until you submit the required documents to Student Financial Assistance.

Returning students who file the FAFSA by March 1 should receive a financial assistance letter by mail by June 15. Please be aware that your financial aid will be placed on hold if you are not meeting the criteria for satisfactory academic progress. Returning students who are selected for verification will need to submit the requested information before they may receive their financial assistance letter.

How to Accept Your Financial Aid
Once you have received your financial assistance letter, you must inform us about what types of aid you would like to accept or decline by following the instructions on the letter and returning a signed copy of your financial assistance letter to the Office of Student Financial Assistance by the date indicated.

Please return a signed copy of your financial assistance letter to the Office of Student Financial Assistance in a timely manner. 

Complete all Necessary Loan Applications and Instructions
Some loans listed on your financial assistance letter require further action in order for the loan application to be complete and for it to be visible on your billing statement.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Instructions
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Instructions
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Instructions

Please be sure to complete the loan application instructions in a timely manner to avoid a delay in the processing of your aid.

Please note: your financial aid will only be reflected as a pending credit on your bill if we have a signed copy of your financial assistance letter on file in our office and if all necessary loan applications are complete.