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Financial Aid Office

We’re here to help McNally Smith students and their families manage the cost of a quality education through a variety of options, including need-based grants, scholarships, and loans available through federal, state and private sources. Our staff is happy to help you complete all financial aid forms and outline any resources available to you to help finance your McNally Smith education.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Financial Aid Representatives to the right. We look forward to working with you!


Create a Plan to Pay for College

We encourage all students to explore financial aid options and our Financial Aid Representatives can help you create a plan to finance your education.

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1. You must complete this form in order to be considered for any grants, loans or work-study programs. (Note that institutional aid is awarded in the form of a tuition discount.) Be sure to submit this form by the posted deadline.

Note: When completing the FAFSA you will need to provide our Federal School Code: 030012.

FAFSA Application

Applying for financial aid is separate from the Admissions application and does not affect your chances of being accepted to the College. Don’t wait for your acceptance into McNally Smith before applying for financial aid.

This short video explains how to fill out the FAFSA:

NOTE: As of May 2015, all students applying for financial aid must create a FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA. Click here for more info.


Cost of Attendance


Tuition at McNally Smith for the 2017–18 school year is $14,200 per semester for full-time attendance (12 or more credits). Click the link below for more detailed information.


Total fees range from $900-3500 per school year, depending on major, with an average of $2200. These include a Student Services Fee ($200), IT Fee ($250), Lab fee for APP courses ($650 per credit) and REC lab courses ($300 per credit) for each semester.


Cost of books is estimated at $500 each semester. Books may also be charged to financial aid packages upon individual request. All Financial Aid monies must be approved for disbursement before books can be charged to a student’s account. Books may also be prepaid each semester.

Room & Board

For more information on the cost of Residence Life and Dining Services at McNally Smith, visit the Housing & Residence Life and Sound Bite Café pages.


Transportation includes vehicle expenses such as fuel, insurance, parking, and repairs. A student-discounted bus pass may be purchased through the McNally Smith Bookstore each semester at a substantially discounted rate. Taking the bus represents a substantial decrease on the total budgeted transportation expense. Current transportation expense is estimated at $130 per month for students living in the Residence Hall.

Personal Expense

Additional non-academic expenses, including telephone, clothing, and entertainment expenses are estimated at $341 per month.

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance per school year (Estimated totals for two semesters, or eight months):

Tuition: $28,400
Fees (avg.): $900
Books: $1000
Room & Board: $6260
Transportation: $520
Personal Expenses: $2730
Total: $39,810

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Net Price Calculator

A Net Price Calculator is provided to assist students in determining how much money can be expected to be paid out-of-pocket each school year. The Net Price represents the total estimated Cost of Attendance less the average amount of grant and scholarship aid to students at McNally Smith College.

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Tuition Payments

Tuition for the Spring 2018 semester is due Friday, January 12th. Payments may be made with cash, personal check, or credit card. Tuition may be paid in full for the term through the student portal or through the Bursar’s Office or Financial Aid Office in the 26 Exchange Administration building.

McNally Smith College has additional payment plan options available for students unable to pay their balance in full by the tuition deadline. Please see information below for current payment plan options. For more information regarding your student account, please email the Bursar’s Office at

View Registration Bill:

  1. Log into CampusVue Student Portal
  2. Select My Finances
  3. Select Account Information
  4. Select the Registration Bill tab
  5. Select the upcoming Term
  6. Click Search

Online Payment Option:

  1. Log into CampusVue Student Portal
  2. Select My Finances
  3. Select Make a Payment Online
  4. Enter your credit card information and amount you would like to pay
  5. Click the Pay button on the lower right-hand side of the page

Payment Plan Option:
McNally Smith offers payment plans to all new and current students with a positive payment history to help pay off any remaining balance due for a semester. All payment plans are interest free and have an application fee.

Payment Plan enrollment for Spring 2018 will open on November 14th. New and returning students may apply prior to registration being finalized. In order to meet the enrollment deadline, estimate your payment plan amount now, and then amend the plan later if necessary.

Payment Plans Available for Spring 2018:

  • 8 monthly payments for Spring and Summer 2018 – Please contact the Bursar’s Office at for assistance in setting this plan up
  • 4 or 8 monthly payments for Spring only – Use your Registration Bill when applying.

Click here to apply for a payment plan. Select “McNally Smith College of Music.” For questions in setting up a payment plan please contact ECSI at 1-866-927-1438.

For questions regarding how much you should budget for your payment plan, please refer to your registration bill or contact the Bursar’s office at

Financial Aid Office Code of Conduct

McNally Smith College Financial Aid Professionals:

    • will refrain from taking any action solely for their personal benefit.
    • will refrain from taking any action they believe is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents they serve.
    • will ensure that the information they provide is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
    • will be objective in making decisions and advising their institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
    • will refrain from soliciting or accepting anything other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in making, holding, consolidating or processing any student loans, including anything of value (i.e. reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity or sponsored by such entity.
    • will disclose any contractual involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
    • will not accept staffing assistance from any student loan lending or servicing entity.
    • will disclose any family relationship with a current or prospective student. The student will be serviced by a different Financial Aid administrator to avoid any conflict of interest.

For more information, please read the Financial Aid Office Policy and Procedure Manual.