The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) offers several scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities to its students each year. ACM strives to keep its published costs low, especially in comparison to many U.S.-based degree-granting institutions. An emphasis on keeping its costs affordable is a priority from the start, before the financial aid process even begins. For this reason, while ACM can and will provide students additional funding for those who qualify for merit, diversity, and need-based awards, students should understand that amounts are calculated with ACM’s overall low costs in mind.

If you are planning to apply for aid, you will need to submit the required materials along with your program application, as ACM reviews both simultaneously. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. To be eligible for ACM scholarships and grants, students must be enrolled full time and abide by all ACM policies and regulations as stated on the policies page. Please contact admissions@acmfrance.org with any questions.

Details of aid available along with the application can be found below. 


Undergraduate Students


Graduate Students 




UNDERGRADUATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIPS


To apply for financial aid, please log into your MyACM Account and click Financial Aid in the left menu. If you do not have an account, you can register for a MyACM Account here.

 

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students


Dean's Scholarship
 

This merit-based scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic achievement. A 3.5 minimum GPA is required.

Diversity Scholarship

ACM’s Diversity Scholarship recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all ACM students and the excellence of ACM. Open to students who have been traditionally under-represented in degree programs abroad. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. It would also include first-generation college students, students from low-income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Selected recipients receive up to $4,000 per academic year, which will be divided among the semesters.

Grants for Undergraduate Students


Alumni Grant 

The American College of the Mediterranean welcomes and encourages alumni of either IAU or ACM to return to ACM. Alumni who enroll in an ACM program are eligible to receive a $1,000 grant, which will be divided among the semesters. This grant is awarded for the first year of their program only.

Need-Based Institutional Grant 

Need-based institutional grants are considered for students who demonstrate high financial need and/or financial distress. These grants can range from $1,000 or more per academic year and will be divided among the semesters. For more information about need-based grants, please contact admissions@acmfrance.org 

On-site Professional Development Grant for Undergraduate Students

ACM's On-site Professional Development Grant was created to financially assist the maximum number of students possible. With nearly 60 years of experience mentoring students and expanding their global awareness, ACM is convinced that the highest benefit comes from host family living.

In exchange for 10-12 hours of work per week, students will receive the following amounts per semester towards their homestay costs, depending on their homestay arrangement. A demi-pension homestay includes lodging, daily breakfasts, and six dinners per week. A semi-independent homestay includes lodging only, and students are responsible for all meals. Students who choose to forego ACM’s homestay options and live independently are not eligible for ACM’s On-site Professional Development Grant.

2018-2019

  • Demi-Pension Homestay: $1,800 in work-study per semester towards housing costs of $4,130 
  • Semi-Independent Homestay: $1,350 in work-study funds towards housing costs of $3,195
     

2019-2020

  • Demi-Pension Homestay: $1,800 in work-study per semester towards housing costs of $4,630 
  • Semi-Independent Homestay: $1,350 in work-study funds towards housing costs of $3,595

Eligible students will decide on their duties together with faculty, staff and students to fulfill various tasks throughout their term including:

  • IT assistance for the ACM computer labs
  • Event preparations (orientation, receptions, lecture series, etc.)
  • Study tour and field studies support
  • Social media correspondent for the ACM US Office
  • Clerical duties as needed by the on-site staff (copying, printing, filing, etc.)

Please Note: Students awarded the On-site Professional Development Grant must be approved by their advisor to continue in the program for subsequent semesters. 

Institute Payment Plan (IPP)

The American College of the Mediterranean offers the Institute Payment Plan (IPP) to students in the fall and spring terms as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term. The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. There is a $30 non-refundable enrollment fee due each semester for enrollment in the Institute Payment Plan. Students may enroll until August 15th for the Fall semester and until January 15th for the Spring semester.

Please contact admissions@acmfrance.org with any questions.

GRADUATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIPS


To apply for financial aid, please log into your MyACM Account and click Financial Aid in the left menu. If you do not have an account, you can register for a MyACM Account here.

Scholarships for Graduate Students


Dean's Scholarship 

This merit-based scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic achievement. A 3.5 minimum GPA is required.

Diversity Scholarship

ACM’s Diversity Scholarship recognizes the academic achievement and potential of students who, through sharing their varied cultural perspectives, will enhance the education of all ACM students and the excellence of the American College of the Mediterranean. This scholarship is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented in degree programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. It would also include first-generation college students, students from low-income families, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Selected recipients receive up to $4,000 per academic year, which will be divided among the semesters and summer.

 

Grants for Graduate Students


Alumni Grant 

The American College of the Mediterranean welcomes and encourages alumni of either IAU or ACM to return to ACM. Alumni who enroll in an ACM program are eligible to receive a $1,000, which will be divided among the semesters and summer.

Need-Based Institutional Grant 

Need-based institutional grants are considered for students who demonstrate high financial need and/or financial distress. These grants can range from $1,000 or more per academic year and will be divided among the semesters and summer. For more information about need-based grants, please contact admissions@acmfrance.org.  

On-site Professional Development Grant for Graduate Students

ACM's On-site Professional Development Grant was created to financially assist the maximum number of students possible. In recognition of the varying needs of its graduate students, ACM provides the option to apply for any one of the following tiers.

Tier  Fall Spring *Summer Year Total Application of Funds
Tier1** $3,500 $3,500 $1,500 $8,500 In exchange for 15 hours of work per week, funds will be applied to demi-pension homestay costs.
Tier 2 $2,500 $2,500 $900 $5,900 In exchange for 12 hours of work per week, funds will be applied to homestay or tuition costs.
Tier 3 $1,500 $1,500 $400 $3,400 In exchange for 10 hours of work per week, funds will be applied to homestay or tuition costs.


Please Note:

  • *Students must remain in Aix to be eligible for summer grant funds.
  • **Tier 1 is only available to students participating in a demi-pension homestay.
  • Students awarded the On-site Professional Development Grant must be approved by their advisor to continue in the program for the second semester. 
  • Those interested in moving down a tier may do so after completion of their first semester. Those awarded Tier 1 who choose to live independently their second semester will automatically move to Tier 2 or Tier 3, depending on preference and availability.


Marchutz Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Alumni of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts who apply for the MFA are eligible to receive a Marchutz Alumni Professional Development Grant during their time in the MFA program. This grant involves around 10 hours of work per week specific to the needs of the Marchutz School. The grant program creates a special opportunity for returning alumni to work at the Marchutz School as artists, assistants, and apprentices, enriching the entire Marchutz curriculum with their focus and experience.  Grant recipients pursue their own graduate-level practice alongside current undergraduate students, creating an atmosphere of youthful enthusiasm for painting and the study of art. They train as future art educators and administrators through observation of faculty members as they engage with students and assist in studio management and communications. Recipients receive a stipend toward their tuition costs.

Institute Payment Plan (IPP)

The American College of the Mediterranean offers the Institute Payment Plan (IPP) to students in the fall and spring terms as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term. The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. There is a $30 non-refundable enrollment fee due each semester for enrollment in the Institute Payment Plan. Students may enroll until August 15th for the Fall semester and until January 15th for the Spring semester.

Private Student Loans Through Sallie Mae 

While ACM is under review for regional accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), one of its longest-standing university partners, Northern Illinois University (NIU), has generously agreed to serve as ACM’s School of Record, providing course-by-course equivalencies and accredited transcripts to ACM students as needed. Because of this, students who enroll as Students at Large (non-degree-seeking students) with NIU are eligible to apply for private student loans through Sallie Mae that can be used towards their ACM program tuition and fees. Please visit the Transcripts & Schools of Record page for more detail.

Interested students should contact ACM’s Office of Admissions at admissions@acmfrance.org or 800-221-2051 as soon as possible for more information on what steps are needed to begin the process and/or with any questions.

Third-Party Scholarships

ACM encourages students to apply for Third-Party Scholarships in addition to ACM Scholarships. Some scholarship search engines include:

Please contact admissions@acmfrance.org with any questions.