• MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

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    Tuition and Scholarships

    Tuition and Fees


A tuition deposit of $350 is required upon acceptance into the program for the 2014-2015 academic year; this is later credited toward tuition.

    Tuition is $668 per credit; $8016 per residency + semester. Each residency and the following one-on-one study period equal 12 credits. There are a total of five residencies required; costs per residency include all workshops and program-related events, as well as five months of one-on-one study with a faculty member following the residency.

    There is a Residency Reception/Dining Fee of $65: This fee includes the opening and closing banquets as well as our mid-week receptions. Optional field trips may include additional fees. What additional costs can I expect at the residencies?

    Students registered for the final residency (GLS 8358) will be charged a $75 thesis binding fee.

  • Scholarships 

    Hamline University recognizes the important role that scholarships serve in helping students finance their education. In addition to the scholarships listed below, Hamline provides information on external scholarships and awards to its MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) students.

    Hamline University Scholarships for MFAC students include:

    Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship--$1,000

    • Annual award given by fantasy writer T.A. Barron to current students in the program for the most promising manuscript (not already accepted by a publisher) in the field of nonfiction picture book, easy reader, or a longer nonfiction book. Manuscripts are judged on the quality of writing, original research, and innovative format.

    TA Barron Scholarship--$1,000

    • Annual award given for an outstanding work of fantasy that explores moral questions and/or deeper ideas about the human condition. It is open to all students enrolled in the MFAC program.

    Walden Pond Press Scholarship in Middle-Grade Literature--$2,500

    • Annual award given to current students in the program for the most promising manuscript in middle-grade fiction or nonfiction.

    Herman W. Block Memorial Scholarship--$5,000

    • Annual award offered to new students who exhibit significant promise in writing for children and young adults. The scholarship, given by author Kate DiCamillo, is announced each January. Only students accepted for that calendar year (January and the previous July residency) are considered.

    Jane Resh Thomas Prize in Critical Writing--$1,000

    • This award is given twice a year to the fourth-semester student who has written the most outstanding critical essay in his/her third semester.

    Financial Aid

    Graduate students at Hamline are welcome to apply for financial aid through federal government and private bank loans. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • On the Faculty 

    "I had a middle-grade novel published prior to entering the Hamline program, but I still felt like there was a lot I didn't know. I was committed to writing and wanted to become a master of the craft, how to go emotionally deeper with stories... with each faculty member, I felt like I gained something new and different and continued to gain confidence."

    -- Loretta Ellsworth '09 

    Hamline student quote