Partially Funded MFAs in Creative Writing

Last updated: 1/7/18

Number of programs: 10

Below is a list of MFA and MA programs that offer financial aid but that do not fit our criteria of a fully-funded program. This might mean everyone gets partial funding, some get full funding and others don’t, most students are funded, stipends are received but not tuition remission, or any other number of things.

We will ONLY add a program to this list if we receive communication about it via email. There are many creative writing programs out there that partially or mostly fund students and we, unfortunately, do not have time to locate all of them on our own. You are welcome to contact us if you’d like a program added. Please include information or a link to a funding page from the program’s website. If you notice any inaccuracies, let us know.


University of Alaska Fairbanks

NOTE: This program is listed as fully funded in the Poets & Writers MFA database, but not on their own website or in other P&W MFA literature from 2019. Maybe Alaska Fairbanks is fully funded now! Maybe it’s not. If a student or professor would like to clear this up with us, we’d love to hear from you.

Tracks: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Dramatic Writing

GRE Required: No

Students receive funding through teaching assistantships and scholarships. Assistantship duties include teaching one section of first-year writing per semester and tutoring in the Writing Center. The stipend also carries a tuition waiver. MFA students may receive up to three years of financial support through this program.

Other opportunities, such as travel grants, are available through the Graduate School.

Graduate student insurance is provided as a benefit to graduate students who are on a stipend.


Brooklyn College: “A variety of scholarships, awards, financial aid, and work programs is available. All admitted students will automatically be considered for departmental scholarships.”


University of California, Davis (MA): “We have a limited number of first-year funding packages that are offered at admission, and all students who are successful in their first year have access to full funding in their second year. In addition, most students who attend are able to access partial or full funding after admission.”

Columbia University: “Columbia University School of the Arts and Columbia University Student Financial Services work carefully with students to arrange the financing of their degrees. Loan packages, fellowships, scholarships and other options are available for eligible students.”


Eastern Washington University: “We are proud to fully-fund a large number of students through teaching assistantships in both composition and literature. These assistantships are awarded for the full two years of study and include full tuition waivers. Students who are teaching composition also earn a stipend. A few students who receive TAships are also given the opportunity to teach creative writing in their second year.  We also offer four students full-funding and stipends in their second year through our unique internship opportunities.”


Hunter College: “We will pay the cost of two full years of in-state tuition to every single admitted student. (If you’re not yet a New York resident this will be applied to your out-of-state tuition with the result that you’ll get a whopping discount.)”

Admitted students also receive ten hours of work a week via a fellowship. The fiction fellowship specifies one semester while the poetry fellowship is unclear. Teaching opportunities and internships at Threepenny Review are available as well.


Naropa University: “Naropa offers scholarships and graduate assistantships.  More than 75% of our graduate students receive some form of federal or institutional aid.”

The New School: Graduate students can apply for competitive tuition scholarships, teaching assistantships and fellowships, and research assistantships. See the financial aid page for details about specific dollar amounts.

New York University: “All incoming students to the Creative Writing Program receive Departmental Fellowships in the form of tuition remission credits. These fellowships offer at least half-tuition remission (16 credits)for both years, plus an undergraduate teaching position during the second year. Recipients of these positions design and each a semester-long introductory course in creative writing for undergraduates as well as attend a teaching practicum offered by the program. Compensation for teaching is approximately $6,000 per course. Many students also receive additional funding—including several fully-funded packages with generous stipends—through our other fellowship opportunities.”


Oklahoma State University: “Eligibility for competitive scholarships specifically designated for creative writers.”


University of South Carolina: “We offer funding to entering and returning MFA students through a variety of assistantships and fellowships. Second- and third-year students, as well as first-year students entering the program with 18 hours of graduate English credit, are eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships that provide full tuition abatement in addition to an annual stipend ($12,800 in 2014). Students entering without 18 graduate English credit hours are eligible for Graduate Instructional Assistantships that confer automatic in-state status, a 50 percent tuition abatement, and an annual stipend (($8,125 in 2014). After their first year, assuming they complete 18 credit hours and are in good standing, they will receive fully funded Graduate Teaching Assistantships in their second and third years. We also offer several supplemental fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis.”

Note: University of South Carolina is not included on the fully-funded list because they do not offer full tuition remission to students entering without at least 18 graduate credits in English.

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