• Tuition, Scholarships, and Graduate Assistantships

    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 marketSee the Student Accounts tuition and fees page for current tuition rates.


    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.

    Deborah Keenan Poetry Scholarship--$1,000

    • The Deborah Keenan Poetry Scholarship is offered annually to a poet in the program whose work shows considerable promise.

     Judi Shaw Memorial Scholarship--$1,000 

    • The Judi Shaw Memorial Scholarship, named for former MFA student Judi Shaw, is offered bi-annually to an incoming MFA student who shows considerable promise as a writer.

     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

    Runestone: Introduction to Literary Publishing associate editor/teaching assistant positions–$1,000 stipend 

    • Each year, up to three students are selected to serve as associate editors/teaching assistants for the undergraduate course Runestone: Introduction to Literary Publishing, which edits and publishes Runestone, Hamline's national online undergraduate literary magazine. 
    • Associate editors/teaching assistants lead their genre group in evaluating student manuscripts one day a week, work with the faculty editor on curriculum design and course logistics, mentor undergraduate assistant editors, and evaluate student progress.   

    ENG 1110 instructors—$4,000 stipend 

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

    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.

    Assistant managing editor of CWP literary journals per semester

    • The assistant managing editor works closely with the managing editor of Water~Stone Review and Runestone to create and maintain effective submission, communication, and promotional systems for both journals. The assistant also attends production and design meetings, assists in coordinating events, and generates promotional and creative content for web and social media outlets.

    Learning Partnership Discount

    Employees of our Learning Partners receive a 10% discount on tuition and a waiver of application and processing fees when newly enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Apply for this discount when applying for admission. To learn if you qualify, see our list of learning partners and eligibility requirements.

    Service Scholarships - 10% Tuition Discount

    All Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing students, who demonstrate service to AmeriCorps (including Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps), the military, or the Peace Corps, are eligible to receive service scholarships. To apply, simply indicate your service as part of your admission application.

    Alumni Discounts

    Hamline alumni are eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount when they enroll in any master’s program.

    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.