Scholarships and Financial Aid


The GPCW is deeply committed to raising funds to support our students. Each year we offer more substantial direct-funding scholarships.

The GPCW is currently offering several scholarships for new full-time M.A./MFA students who enroll in summer 2018. Scholarships range from $5,000/yr. to $10,000/yr. We are tremendously grateful to the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation for support for one of our current poetry scholarships. 

Applicants may fill out the scholarship application at the same time as they complete the application for admission. Scholarship applications will be considered only after a student has been admitted to the program.

Click here for the GPCW M.A./MFA Scholarship Application and information. 

Bridge Scholarships

The Graduate Program in Creative Writing has limited funds with which it can offer one-time scholarships of up to $2,500 to current students in good standing who face unforeseen circumstances that may affect their ability to continue in the program. These are not loans, but constitute direct funding support that the program offers to strong students who have already completed substantial work with us.

To apply for a GPCW Bridge Scholarship please provide the following simultaneously to David J. Rothman, Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing, at, and Erica Boucher, Director of Extended Studies, at

1) A pdf of a formal letter of request of up to $2,500;

2) A supporting letter from your Concentration Director, mailed to us directly by the Concentration Director.

Please note that once you register, these scholarships are not refundable. Should you withdraw, the funds return directly to the university.

Financial Aid

Students in good standing may apply for Federal Stafford loans, which 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 and retain their financial aid, as long as they enroll in a minimum of 4.5 credit hours for any semester of attendance.

For more information, visit Western's Financial Aid Information page.