List of Fully Funded MFA Programs

8 Aug

This seems to be a question that always pops up, one way or another. So here’s a handy list of MFA programs that offer full funding for ALL accepted applicants during the 2012-2013 application season. Full funding translates to, “complete tuition remission and a living stipend.” Please keep in mind that many schools only offer funding in exchange for graduate assistantship positions.

21 Responses to “List of Fully Funded MFA Programs”

  1. J.J. Starr October 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Thank you so much for this list! It has helped me narrow my own list for application.

  2. joals November 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    thanks, have been looking for a funded list instead of all the other odd ranking mechanisms. If it isn’t funded I won’t bother applying, so this shortens the list a lot.

  3. Julie December 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    university of arizona mfa program is also fully funded. they exist on a grant and admit about 20 students a year.

    • Kate McGinnis December 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      According to their website, this isn’t the case. They allow MFA applicants to apply for the chance to teach a class in exchange for a stipend, but it’s clear that there is no guarantee all applicants will be allowed to teach a class for a stipend. If you can show otherwise on the website, I’ll add it to my list.

  4. Keely Kernan December 12, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    Thanks for the list Kate! Do the fully funded programs include all MFA programs available or only certain ones? I noticed the links link out to writing programs, my boyfriend is looking for fully funded sculpture programs. Thanks again!

    • Kate McGinnis December 12, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      Yep, this list is just for creative writing programs.

      • Ali March 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

        Thanks for putting this list out there – super helpful! I don’t think that UC San Diego is fully funded these days though (unless I’m misunderstanding their website). Do you have more info on that one?

      • ben August 28, 2013 at 4:53 am #

        Replying to the below — I don’t see a reply button. But anyways: UCSD is fully funded, but the full funding is not guaranteed. They can’t officially promise it for bureaucratic reasons, but everyone there is funded and has been since the program’s inception.

  5. Lillian Li April 30, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Excellent list. Finally convinced me that going for an MFA might be a good idea after all.

    Question: How did you come up with the info for this list? I’m a current undergrad junior, so I’d like to know how to update myself when applying in 2013-2014.

  6. Tony Baker August 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    The program at South Carolina only offers half-funding to first year students who don’t come in with 18 hours of graduate credit already completed.

  7. Tony Baker August 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    The info on McNeese University’s page is equally ambiguous – they say all students receive assistantships, but in the next breath go on to say that competition for said assistantships is ‘fierce,’ and IF you’re awarded one… and so on.

  8. Tony Baker August 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    The link for Vanderbilt University’s MFA page is broken – here’s the correct one:

  9. Tony Baker August 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Virginia Tech link is also broken. Here it is:

  10. Candace Howze December 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Reblogged this on TarheelDream and commented:
    So, I’m not convinced I want to get my master’s, but if I ever decide that I do, I know I want to get my MFA. Looks like there’s some pretty snazzy opportunities out there as well. Without even having to take the expensive GRE. Small wins in a big world :) See any programs you like?

  11. Diedré M. Blake December 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Toward the within….

  12. Tony Baker (@TonyBaker79) June 5, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Penn State appears to only offer an M.A. (not MFA) in creative writing.

  13. scathingreview June 12, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    Boston University is not on this list. They explicitly state, “Our goal is to offer every student full tuition—a goal we usually achieve, often with a bit more in cash. Remember: no matter which path you follow, we will endeavor to have all of your tuition paid for by the time you reach the end of it. Indeed, a number of our students, especially those who take two summer courses and transfer in two others, will find themselves with cash left over for living expenses.”

  14. Michael FitzGerald January 19, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    Hi Katie (or anyone else who could answer my question).
    Thanks so much for the list!
    I’m from Ireland and am wondering whether these funding opportunities are only for people from the US or if they’re open to people from abroad as well. Any help on this would be great.


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