Creative Writing (MFA) Tuition and Aid

Here you will find tuition and fees, as well as options and opportunities to pay for your graduate education. 

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee rates for the 2023-2024 academic year are outlined below. If your program is longer than one academic year, your tuition and fee rates in future years may increase. Your costs may also be different if you enroll in a different number of units each semester than the tracks outlined below. 

For questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid. Also, review our financial aid and business services policies.

Semester Summer 1  Fall 1 Spring 1 Summer 2
Tuition Rate $850 $850 $850 $850
Enrollment 3 units 6 units 8 units 3 units
Total Tuition $2,550 $5,100 $6,800 $2,550
Campus Fee $210 $210 $210 $210
Technology Fee $62.50 $62.50 $62.50 $62.50
Graduate Activities Fee N/a $87 $87 N/a
Total Cost $2,822.50 $5,459.50 $7,159.50 $2,822.50
Semester (cont.) Fall 2 Spring 2 Summer 3 Total
Tuition Rate $850 $850 $850  
Enrollment 6 units 8 units 3 units 37 Units
Total Tuition $5,100 $6,800 $2,550 $31,450
Campus Fee $210 $210 $210 $1,470
Technology Fee $62.50 $62.50 $62.50 $437.50
Graduate Activities Fee $87 $87 N/a $348
Total Cost $5,459.50 $7,159.50 $2,822.50 $33,705.50

Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work-Study

There are many ways to afford a graduate education. Here are just a few: 

Scholarships and grants are types of aid that do not have to be repaid and that can help to directly reduce your tuition expenses. 

MFA Grant

Award Amount

All students in the MFA Program receive a MFA Grant of $300 for each term of enrollment in the program, for up to a total of 3 years.

How to Apply

In order for the MFA Grant to be awarded, students must complete the Dominican Financial Aid Application.

Endowed Scholarships

The University has some endowed scholarships funded by generous donors available to students in the MFA program. The amounts and availability of these scholarships vary each year. Recipients are selected by program faculty and the Office of Financial Aid usually between November and February of the academic year in which they are awarded.

Visit Outside Scholarships to learn more about local, public and private scholarships. Good luck!

Federal loans are available to help graduate students meet the cost of attending Dominican. Most graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 each award year in Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Additional federal and private loans are available if needed

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a FAFSA and a Dominican Financial Aid Application. Federal loans will be included in your financial aid award. 

Learn about what types of loans are available on the Graduate Loans page.

Work-Study is an optional form of self-help aid that allows students to apply for on-campus employment (or off-campus work with one of our community service partners) to earn extra money toward their college expenses. 

How to Apply

To be considered for Federal Work-Study, submit a FAFSA and contact the Office of Financial Aid. To learn about other opportunities, visit our Work-Study page.