Tuition & Fees

MFA

Full-time enrollment in the MFA extends over 25 months, spanning four non-residency semesters and three Summer Residencies. Students may also attend half-time or take a leave of absence if necessary.

 Summer ResidencyFall SemesterSpring Semester 
First Year 

$2,100 (3 credits)*

$8,400 (12 credits)

$8,400 (12 credits)

Second Year

$2,100 (3 credits)

$9,100 (13 credits)

$9,100 (13 credits)

Third Year

2,800 (4 credits)

  

Cost per credit: $700

Textbooks: 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.

Second Concentration: Students pursuing a second concentration would enroll in two more 12-credit semesters their third year and a fourth 6-credit Summer Residency.

*The first Summer Residency 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. Federal financial aid regulations for the first Summer Residency also require a minimum of 4.5 credits for students to qualify for loans. Those who wish to apply for aid may register for two additional independent study credits.

Maintaining Matriculation to Complete the MFA Thesis

Students have a maximum of five years for completion of a master's degree from initial enrollment as a graduate degree seeking student. In order to maintain active status, graduate students must register in at least one graduate course per academic year. Because some MFA students may not be able to complete their theses by the end of their formal coursework in the program, we allow students to enroll in a two-credit version of CRWR 692, "Independent Study," a variable credit course, each fall and spring semester until the student completes their thesis. Students who do not enroll in this course do not receive instruction on the thesis, lose their active status and must complete a Graduate Application for Readmission form and submit it to the GPCW and the office of Graduate Studies. The cost of CRWR 692 is $700/credit ($1,400/semester for a two-credit course), which gives the student access to Western email and to MyWestern, along with instruction from the thesis adviser.

M.A.

Full-time enrollment in the M.A. extends over 13 months, spanning two non-residency semesters and two Summer Residencies. Students may also attend half-time or take a leave of absence if necessary.

 Summer ResidencyFall SemesterSpring Semester
First Year

$2,100 (3 credits)*

$8,400 (12 credits)

$8,400 (12 credits)

Second Year

$2,100 (3 credits)

  

Cost per credit: $700

Textbooks: Costs vary from year to year and by concentration. However, the cost of required textbooks and other resources ranges from $100 to $400 for each year of the program.

*The first Summer Residency 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 awards. Federal financial aid regulations for the first Summer Residency also require a minimum of 4.5 credits for students to qualify for loans. Those who wish to apply for aid may register for two additional independent student credits.

Housing for Summer Residencies

On-Campus

Summer Residency require on-site attendance for 13 consecutive days (a total of fifteen nights). All students must make arrangements for lodging during the summer. Rooms in standard Western residence halls are available at a standard of $620. If students want to occupy a suite without roommates, higher rates apply. Please contact [embed:link:node:26781] to fill out our housing reservation form if you plan to stay on campus.  

Off-Campus

Students may stay off-campus, but please let us know your plans as soon as possible. To learn more about off-campus accommodations, visit the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce.

Non-Matriculated Enrollment

Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits in the MFA or M.A. program before formally matriculating. Such courses will be transcripted at the 600 level, but completion of the courses does not in any way imply matriculation into the program, which requires full admissions review. Costs per credit are the same as costs for matriculated students, $700 per credit hour.

Non-matriculated courses are not eligible for federal financial aid loans, as the work is not formally tied to an M.A. or terminal degree.

Summer Residencies

Summer Residencies are open to non-matriculated students depending on availability each year and at the discretion of the instructor and concentration director. There is no auditing option for Summer Residencies; all students must either be admitted to the program or hold formal non-matriculated status.

In most years, the Summer Residencies available include CRWR 631, “Poetry Intensive,” CRWR 632, "Public Performance for Poets," and CRWR 661, "Film History and Analysis," aka "Screenwriting Bootcamp."

Courses meet from July 7-19. 

Participation in a Summer Residency includes all classes, readings, workshops, lectures and other special events throughout the entire summer program. Tuition does not include housing, meals, travel or any other events that require extra fees.