Merit-based Aid – Full and half-time Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students. The half assistantship stipend is $8,610.03. All assistantships carry full tuition remission valued at $3,555 (resident) and $9,239 (non resident), bringing the total yearly value of a half-assistantship to $27,088 (non-resident) and $15,720 (resident). Students with graduate assistantships may purchase excellent health insurance, heavily subsidized by the University. Lectureships involving the teaching of undergraduate courses are sometimes available to highly qualified graduate students. Lectureships carry stipends of $3,630 per three-credit course, but do not include tuition remission or medical insurance unless the graduate student also holds an assistantship. Various departmental student labor scholarships averaging $500 are often available. For more specific information about assistantships in each of the department’s MFA programs, check with the individual program directors.
To apply for an assistantship, check “yes” after the appropriate question on the application for admission. The major advisors make decisions on the award of graduate assistantships.
Need-based Aid – Various types of assistance in the form of work study, tuition remission, loans, and minority fellowships are available to graduate students meeting the University’s financial aid criteria. For need-based applications, you must write to the Financial Aid Office.