Graduate Program: Financial Information

Over the last two decades, all incoming MFA students received full funding; packages for Literary Arts students generally take the following form:

In the first year, all graduate students receive a fellowship that pays a monthly stipend and provides tuition remission, the health fee, and health insurance. Fellowships do not require employment or teaching. The stipend for the 2020-2021 academic year is $29,926 (roughly $3,000 per month for nine months).

Between the first and second academic year, students in good standing receive a summer stipend of $2,993 (roughly $1,000 per month for three months).

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 remission, health fee, and health insurance. The stipend for the 2020-2021 academic year is $29,926 (roughly $3,000 per month for nine months).

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 months of November, December or January.

U.S. students who wish to supplement their stipends with additional funds may 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. 

While not eligible for federally-supported student loans or federally-supported work study positions, international students are eligible for the same financial aid package as offered to all other students -- tuition scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, summer stipends, health fee coverage and health insurance.