MFA Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

The MFA Low Residency Programs consist of 4 on-campus residencies, each followed by a low-residency semester, and a final graduation residency. Students may enter the program in any semester. Every fifth residency in the MFA in Creative Writing program takes place overseas.

2017 – 2018
Per Semester Tuition & Fees (includes the preceding residency)
MFA in Creative Writing $9560
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts $9524
Additional Residency Charges
5th Graduation Residency 50% of semester tuition
Creative Writing Overseas Residency Surcharge
(includes lodging, all breakfasts, 4 dinners, ground transportation)

Financial Aid Options

Students in the MFA in Creative Writing Program are eligible for Federal Stafford Student Loans, and for both GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program (Post 9/11 GI Bill) financial aid.

SNC Scholarships

Several merit- and/or need-based scholarships are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions for MFA in Creative Writing students.

SNC Tuition Scholarships: $4000 per semester for four active semesters

Exceptional Manuscript Scholarship: based on outstanding merit of the manuscript. Scholarship application not required.

International Student Scholarship: just what it says.

Trailhead Scholarship: for students entering in the spring semester.

SNC Residency Scholarship: To offset residency and travel costs for five active residencies

Two Pines Travel Scholarship: up to $1,000.00 per residency.

To apply:
Scholarship Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester: July 1

For Spring Semester: December 1

Questions? Contact:

Pierette Kulpa
MFA-CW Program Coordinator and Graduate Admissions Counselor

External Funding Sources


The Elizabeth George Foundation

Post Office Box 1429
Langley, Washington 98260

The Elizabeth George Foundation awards grants to individuals for attending accredited MFA programs.


Institute for Humane Studies

3301 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 440
Arlington VA 22201
Phone: (800) 697-8799

Institute for Humane Studies awards up to $15,000 to support graduate students worldwide whose work relates to liberty in society.

Creative Capital

65 Bleeker St 7th floor
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 598-9900

Creative Capital funds innovative artists and writers through direct funding, professional development, and counsel.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 547-6926

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships award up to $90,000 through tuition and stipend support for children of immigrant parents.

For International Students

The Institute of International Education and Fulbright Awards


International students looking for funding for a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College should inquire about available resources at their local American Embassy.

Education USA


General information on how to fund graduate work in the U.S.