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. Additional funding is provided for those who qualify for merit, diversity, and need-based awards.

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 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.

For details about how ACM awards aid, please read the Financial Aid & Scholarship Process document.  Please read below for the types of aid available.

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


Merit-Based Scholarships
 

ACM offers the following merit-based scholarships:

Provost ScholarshipAwarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and consistent academic and extracurricular achievement; the Provost’s Scholarship awards up to $10,000 per academic year

Dean’s Scholarship - Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and consistent academic and extracurricular achievement; the Dean’s Scholarship awards up to $5,000 per academic year.

President's Scholarship - Awarded to truly exceptional students with high levels of academic achievement, community involvement and compelling educational history.  The President’s Scholarship covers full tuition. 

Board of Directors Diversity Scholarship

ACM’s Board of Directors 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 the Institute for American Universities (IAU), ACM's study abroad institute, 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 12-15 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.

Tier  Fall Spring *Summer Year Total Application of Funds
Tier1** $2,500 $2,500 $1,250 up to $6,500 In exchange for 15 hours of work per week periods. 
Tier 2 $2,000 $2,000 $900 up to $4,900 In exchange for 12 hours of work per week periods.

Please Note:
  • *Students must be enrolled and remain in Aix for 6-week session to be eligible for summer grant funds.
  • **Tier 1 is ONLY available to students participating in a demi-pension homestay.
  • Tier 2 is available to students participating in independent or residence housing.
  • 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.

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.

Private Student Loans

While ACM is under review for regional accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), one of its longest-standing university partners, Fairfield University, has generously agreed to serve as ACM’s School of Record, providing course-by-course equivalencies and accredited transcripts to ACM undergraduate students as needed. Because of this, students who enroll as non-degree-seeking students with Fairfield are eligible to apply for private student loans 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.

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

Merit-Based Scholarships 

ACM offers the following merit-based scholarships:

Provost Scholarship - Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and consistent academic and extracurricular achievement; the Provost’s Scholarship awards up to $10,000 per academic year

Dean’s Scholarship - Awarded to students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 and consistent academic and extracurricular achievement; the Dean’s Scholarship awards up to $5,000 per academic year.

President's Scholarship - Awarded to truly exceptional students with high levels of academic achievement, community involvement and compelling educational history.  The President’s Scholarship covers full tuition. 

Board of Directors Diversity Scholarship

ACM’s Board of Directors 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 two tiers.

Tier  Fall Spring *Summer Year Total Application of Funds
Tier1** $3,500 $3,500 $1,500 up to $8,500 In exchange for 20 hours of work per week periods.
Tier 2 $2,500 $2,500 $1000 up to $6,000 In exchange for 15 hours of work per week periods.


Please Note:

  • *Students must be enrolled and remain in Aix for 6-week session to be eligible for summer grant funds.
  • **Tier 1 is ONLY available to students participating in a demi-pension homestay.
  • Tier 2 is available to students participating in independent or residence housing.
  • 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.


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 

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 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.