• Tuition, Scholarships, and Graduate Assistantships

    Tuition, Scholarships, and Graduate Assistantships

    Hamline University recognizes the important role that scholarships and graduate assistantships serve in helping students finance their education. The assistantships also give students valuable teaching, editing, and marketing experience that increases their competitiveness in the job market.


    MFA tuition is $563 per credit, $2252 per (4 credit) course for the 2016-2017 academic year.
    See the Student Accounts tuition & fees page for more information.  


    Merit Scholarships25% of overall tuition 

    • Hamline offers annual scholarships to those incoming students whose application materials demonstrate the most promise. The scholarship is awarded to 10% of incoming students, and one scholarship is offered to a student who identifies as a writer of color.

    Shirley White Pearl Annual Scholarship$2,000

    • This scholarship is offered to one incoming student each fall who is pursuing their degree full time and whose application materials demonstrate the highest potential for artistic excellence.

    Richard P. Bailey Endowed Scholarship$1,000

    • This scholarship, named for former Hamline president Richard Bailey, assists a writer in the MFA program who has demonstrated financial need and excellent writing ability.

    Graduate Teaching Assistantships

    ENG 1110 Instructors$4,000 stipend

    • Qualified MFA students can apply to teach the undergraduate course "Reading and Writing Texts."
    • To be considered, MFA students must have completed the course "Composition Theory & Pedagogy" and have experience teaching English or composition.

    Co-Teach WRIT 1100$3,000 stipend

    • Three MFA students co-teach the undergraduate course "Introduction to Creative Writing" each year. Students work closely with the coordinator to facilitate the successful operation of the course and teach a weekly breakout session.
    • To be considered, MFA students must have completed the course "Composition Theory & Pedagogy" and 24 graduate credits in the MFA program.

    "The teaching assistantship was one of the best learning experiences I have had at Hamline. I learned not just how to be a better teacher, but how to be a better reader and writer as well. As a result, I feel confident going into a job search with quality teaching experience on my resume, and I'm grateful to have a semester's worth of experience to draw from when I get a job."

    -- Amy Peterson, '14 MFA   

    Graduate Assistantships

     Water~Stone Review Assistant Editors$1,000 stipend

    • Each year three students are selected to serve as assistant editors--one each in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction--of The Creative Writing Program's award-winning national literary review. Assistant editors work closely with the faculty editor to screen manuscripts and help with the operation of the spring class.

    Hamline Marketing Department

    • Each year one student is selected to serve as the CWP liaison to Hamline's marketing department for 10 hours per week.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available to all MFA candidates in creative writing. It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. For information, please go to the Hamline financial aid website. You can also email the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@hamline.edu and a financial aid counselor will contact you.