Over the last two decades, all incoming MFA students received full funding; packages for Literary Arts students generally take the following forms:
In the first year, all graduate students receive a fellowship that pays a monthly stipend and covers tuition, the health fee, and health insurance. Fellowships do not require employment or teaching. The stipend for the 2015-2016 academic year is $11,850.
Between the first and second academic year, students in good standing receive a summer stipend of $2,500.
In the second year, all graduate students in good standing who are qualified will be awarded teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants teach one undergraduate writing workshop per semester, and receive a full stipend, tuition, health fee, and health insurance. The stipend for the 2015-2016 academic year is $23,700.
Stipends are paid monthly, in equal installments.
*Please note that ALL U.S. applicants must complete a FAFSA in order to receive departmental funding, whether or not you plan to take out a supplementary student loan*. You should file your FAFSA during the month of January.
Students who need additional funds can also apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan. To research loan borrowing options and other financing alternatives, including an Installment Payment plan, go to the Financing & Support page on the Graduate School website.
International students are eligible for all forms of aid except for federally-supported loans and federally-supported work study.