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. 

Current Tuition and Fees

Each year, tuition costs are set for the entire length of the program. The following numbers reflect the latest tuition and fees and represent how much you will pay for the total program, which consists of four mentorship semesters (fall and spring semesters) and five residencies (summer and winter). If your program is longer than one academic year, your tuition and fee rates in future years may increase. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

Number of units: 37
Tuition per unit: $965
Total Tuition: $35,705 (total cost of entire program)

Please note — The total tuition does not include the following fees, which are assessed each semester attended:

  • $210 Campus Comprehensive Fee
  • $50 Technology Fee 

2019-2020 Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee rates set in the 2019-2020 academic year are outlined below. The tuition and fee listed below reflect the total program costs, which consists of four mentorship semesters (fall and spring semesters) and five residencies (summer and winter).

Number of units: 37
Tuition per unit: $965
Total Tuition: $35,705 (total cost of seven-semester program)

Please note — Total Tuition does not include the following fees, which are assessed each semester attended:

  • $190 Campus Comprehensive Fee
  • $50 Technology Fee 

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.

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.