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MFA in Creative Writing

Program Costs

The following estimates are based on 2018-19 tuition rates. For the most current fees, see the Tuition and Fees page.

Tuition and Fees

Annual tuition will depend on the number of courses taken.
Full-time in graduate school is typically 9-13 hours (9-10 unless you can devote all your time to school).
If you attend part-time (1-8 hours per semester), then you pay tuition based on the number of hours.

The total cost of tuition, spread over 2-3 years should range between $13,680 and $18,240 at the tuition rates for 2018-19, depending on whether you are mostly part-time or full-time.

If you are part-time, it may take more than 3 years to complete the program. By taking more than 9 hours per semester, you can save some, since the tuition is the same for 9-13 hours. The lowest tuition would be for 3 semesters of 13 hours and 9 additional part-time/summer hours, though this may not be possible for every student. 

In addition, students are charged $25 per credit hour fee for online courses. This fee does not apply to your thesis, residencies, or internship credits, since they are not considered online courses, so you would add $750 - $900 in online course fees, depending on whether you do up to 6 hours of Internsihp.

The W no longer charges out-of-state fees for students, so all students pay the same tuition regardless of their state of residence. 

There will be additional fees for Full and Short Residencies to cover room, board, supplies, and travel (if the residency involves a trip, for instance). For on-campus residencies, we plan to house students on campus or at Plymouth Bluff Center or in dormitories, depending on availability. Room and board for the short residency at Plymouth Bluff will be approximately $390 and room and board for the full residency on campus will be approximately $310. The summer short residency will also be housed in the dorms when on campus, bringing the cost down to approximately $170. The total for room fees for 2 full and 2 short residencies is estimated at $1400. Some residencies may involve an activity such as pottery or book printing with an additional fee for supplies. We will always try to keep costs as low as possible and bill you only for room, board, travel expenses (if there's a trip), and supplies. The Spring Short Residency to the AWP conference does not include any course fees, but students are responsible for their own registration for the conference, travel, and meal costs.

Travel for residencies that include a trip will be determined in advance of each trip and will include room and some of your board. These will be optional short residencies. Each year there will be the option to come to at least one short residency on campus, so you should never have to take one that involves a trip. Travel to residencies is your responsibility, so do factor that into your estimated costs.

Total cost of the program is estimated to be:

Tuition & online fees:


Room and board  for residencies:



 $15,830 - $20,540 

Disclaimer: The total amounts listed above are an estimate based on 2018-19 tuition and fees. Actual tuitino and fees may vary over time they change each year (typically this has been no more than a 5% increase per year, and some years we have had no increase). The number of full-time and part-time hours in your program also make a difference. Students may take additional residency classes as electives, in which case the room and board costs would be higher but the online course fees would be lower. Transportation costs (to residencies) and costs for books and supplies should also be factored into your total cost of attendance.