Costs and Financial Aid

Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Full-time enrollment in the MFA extends over 25 months, spanning three summer residencies and four tutorial non-residency terms between those summers (fall-spring-fall-spring). Students may also attend half-time or take a leave-of-absence if necessary.

The cost per credit hour for graduate courses is $700. The cost of recommended credits for Writing the Rockies in the first Summer Intensive is $125 per credit hour.

Program cost per term:

First Year

  • First Summer Intensive, 3 credits: $2100. With Writing the Rockies 2-credit option (recommended), 5 credits: $2,350.* Please note: the first Summer Intensive requires a separate FAFSA application because it falls in the previous year's financial aid cycle. The subsequent summers are part of the fall-spring-summer cycle for aid awards.
  • Fall, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Spring, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Second Summer Intensive, 3 credits: $2,100

Second Year

  • Fall, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Spring, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Third Summer Intensive, 6 credits: $4,200 (plus $50 for thesis binding)

Thesis Binding Costs

Two bound copies of each thesis are added to the Leslie J. Savage Library, one to the University Archives and the second to the library’s circulating collection. Each student pays $50 ($25/copy) to cover the cost of printing and binding their thesis.  For theses with extensive color images, an additional cost may be charged.  Students who wish to have the library print and bind a personal copy may contact the library director to arrange this.  The cost is $25 for a bound personal copy.

Total tuition cost of MFA program (including Writing the Rockies Credit option; excluding textbooks, extra thesis copies, and summer residency costs of room, meals, and transportation): $42,300

Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Full-time enrollment in the MA extends over 13 months, spanning two summer residencies and the two tutorial non-residency terms between those summers (fall-spring). Students may also attend at half-time enrollment, but this option doubles the length of time required to complete the tutorial portion of the program. Students may also take a leave of absence.

The cost per credit hour for graduate courses is $700. The cost of recommended credits for Writing the Rockies in the first Summer Intensive is $125 per credit hour.

Program cost per term:

  • First Summer Intensive, 3 credits: $2,100. With Writing the Rockies Credit option (recommended)*, 5 credits: $2,350
  • Fall, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Spring, 12 credits: $8,400
  • Second summer Intensvie, 3 credits: $2,100

Total tuition cost of program (including Writing the Rockies Credit option; excluding textbooks and summer residency costs of room, meals, and transportation -- see below): $21,250

* Federal financial aid regulations for the first Summer Intensive require a minimum of 4.5 credits for students to qualify for loans. All students register for 3 credits ($2,100). Those who wish to apply for aid may also register for 2 additional, recommended credits for participation in our conference Writing the Rockies ($125 per credit hour) for a total of 5 credits ($2,350). We encourage students to sign up for Writing the Rockies in either event, as this conference better prepares students for what is to come in the program and in their careers in the writing world.

Certificate in Publishing

Full-time enrollment in the Certificate in Publishing extends over 13 months, spanning two summer residencies and the two tutorial non-residency terms between those summers (fall-spring). Students may also attend at half-time enrollment, but this option doubles the length of time required to complete the tutorial portion of the program. Students may also take a leave of absence.

The cost for Certificate courses is $350 per credit hour. The cost of recommended credits for Writing the Rockies in the first Summer Intensive is $125 per credit hour.

Program cost per term:

  • First Summer Intensive, 3 credits: $1,050
  • Fall, 6 credits: $2,100
  • Spring, 6 credits: $2,100
  • Second Summer Intensive, 3 credits: $1,050

Total tuition cost of program (excluding textbooks and summer residency costs of room, meals, and transportation -- see below): $6,300

Note that the Certificate in Publishing is NOT eligible for federal financial aid loans, as it does not lead to an MA or terminal degree.

Non-Matriculated Enrollment

Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits in the MA or MFA program before formally matriculating. Costs per credit are identical with costs for matriculated students, $700 per credit hour.

Note that non-matriculated courses are NOT eligible for federal financial aid loans, as the work is not formally tied to an MA or terminal degree.

Scholarships

MFA Poetry Scholarship: The Poetry Concentration is currently offering one $10,000/yr. scholarship for a new full-time student who enrolls in fall 2015. The scholarship is for two years, at the same amount each year. We are tremendously grateful to the Kenney Brothers Foundation and the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation for this support.  Click here for the MFA Poetry Scholarship Application and information.

Financial Aid

For students in good standing who wish to apply for financial aid, Federal Stafford loans are available for up to $20,500 for each year of attendance. Students must complete the FAFSA application each year with the Student Financial Services office to determine eligibility.

Graduate students are NOT eligible for the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF).

Students who wish to attend part-time, or who need to take a reduced course load for a semester, may do so, as long as they enroll in a minimum of 4.5 credit hours for any semester of attendance.

For more information, visit Financial Aid Information.

Textbook Costs

Textbook costs vary from year to year and by concentration. However, the cost of required textbooks and other resources ranges from $100 to $350 for each year of the program.

Summer On-Campus Housing Costs

Summer residency requires on-site attendance for twelve consecutive days (with reception and check-in, a total of thirteen nights). Rooms in standard Western residence halls are available. The rate for a one-bedroom campus apartment with kitchenette is $80 per night on average, plus a one-time, $10 linen fee.


Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information