The MFA Index lists the level of financial support students receive toward their tuition (full or partial), including tuition waivers, fellowships, scholarships, and/or teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and graduate assistantships.
If a program has funded all or nearly all of its students for the past several years, it is listed in the MFA Index as offering “Full” funding.
“Partial” funding can mean as little as “one student receives a small scholarship” to “80 percent of students receive full funding.” When programs are not fully funded, it is important to calculate the cost of tuition.
You might graduate with honors in creative writing by completing two upper-level workshop courses as well as a thesis.
Students in Brown's graduate program enroll in one writing workshop and one elective course per semester.
One program’s tuition might be so high that even if all students are offered a partial tuition waiver, it would cost those students less to attend a program that has fewer funding opportunities.
Further research will bear out these details and comparisons. Choosing which programs you will apply to is an even bigger one.
If you’ve weighed the costs and benefits, considered the pros and cons, and finally arrived at the conclusion that, yes, you want to pursue an MFA degree, your homework has only just begun.
Now that you know you want to attend an MFA program, you are faced with another set of decisions: To which programs (among the more than 200 that are currently offered by colleges and universities around the world) do you want to apply?
Creative writing schools offer aspiring writers and poets the structure, critique and literary criticism that will help them succeed in their writing career.
Across the United States, you can find creative writing schools on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.