Funding

Learn more about our scholarships, financial aid, and fellowship opportunities

Funding is an important component to consider when applying to an MFA in Creative Writing program. Potential funding streams outlined below include scholarships, fellowships, and loans. 

    Scholarships

    Scholarship awards are announced with admissions offers, disbursed after August 1, and applicable towards tuition. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships by way of their application materials. No additional documents are required. 

    We offer equal scholarship amounts to promote a positive, collegial community built upon equity and respect for all persons. Students receive awards for two years. Year one scholarships typically range from 40-50% of tuition and year two scholarships range an average of approximately 5-10% of tuition. Third year dual-concentration students receive scholarships based upon availability.

    Students also have the option to apply for private scholarships through websites such as www.fastweb.com. Accredited Schools Online has a great resource specifically for LGBTQIA scholarships

    Fellowships

    Fellowships are disseminated directly to the student via direct deposit through payroll on a bi-weekly schedule.

    • Prospective students may apply for a Teaching Fellowship in the Composition Program when they apply for admission. Composition Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend their first year of study and approximately $6,800 their second year of study. They receive mentorship and training the fall semester of their first year, and they teach their own English 4 Freshman Composition course during the fall of their second year. Students are issued Graduate Student Instructor contracts.
    • The MARY Journal Managing Editor Fellow receives a $2,000 stipend their first year and a $5,000 stipend their second year. They receive mentorship by the Managing Editor during the first year, serving as Assistant Editor, and they assume the role of Managing Editor during their second year. No additional essay is needed to apply to the fellowship, but please indicate in your personal statement if you are interested in this position. 
    • Community Partner Fellowships are offered with Lambda Literary, Kearny Street Workshop, and Hedgebrook. These are designed to give students access to these organizations and their communities and networks through internships. Fellows receive hourly wages via payroll ranging from $1,000-$2,000. Please indicate interest in these fellowships in your personal statement. 

    Loans

    Loans are a separate process from scholarships. You'll need to complete a FAFSA to apply for federal loans, which are available to all incoming students. You can find out more about federal graduate student loans on the financial aid website. For more information on Federal Student Financial Aid Programs, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

    Support once you are here

    There are many campus jobs available to our students, as well as Resident Director positions available via application through campus housing. There are development grants associated with the college at large to support student conference attendance, as well as other funding opportunities that are available to our graduate students. View a recording of "How to Pay for Grad School: Before, During and After" below: