Tuition & Fees: Degree Programs

International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation


  • Semester tuition (12 credits, including residency):  $7,200.00
  • Residency tuition (3 credits, residency only):  $1,800.00
  • Single-room surcharge (per residency):  $1,000.00
  • Per-credit fee:  $600.00

MFA in Writing

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $11,882.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $877.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $12,759.00

MFA in Writing & Publishing

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Annual tuition:  $31,836.00
  • Semester tuition:  $15,918.00
  • On-campus dormitory room:  $604.00/month

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $12,238.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $877.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $13,115.00

MA in Art & Design Education

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Annual tuition:  $23,400
  • Semester tuition:  $11,700
  • Room and board (per 14-day residency):  $1,228.00

MFA in Graphic Design

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,963.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $614.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,577.00

MFA in Visual Art

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $12,538.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $877.00
  • Residency exhibition fee (per residency):  $491.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $13,906.00

MFA in Film

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,191.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $614.00
  • Residency exhibition fee:  $746.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,551.00

MFA in Music Composition

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,191.00
  • Room and board (per residency):  $614.00
  • Residency production fee:  $746.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,551.00

Tuition & Fees: Postgraduate & Non-degree Programs

Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

  • Poetry Manuscript tuition: $1,175.00
  • Conference Tuition for all other workshops: $995.00
  • On-campus room (six nights): $370.00 (single), $200.00 (shared)
  • On-campus dining: $230.00*
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

* Participants not on a full meal plan may purchase meals as they go.

Novel Retreat

  • Retreat tuition: $950.00
  • On-campus room & board (six nights): $370.00 (single), $200.00 (shared)
  • Meal plan (May 13 dinner through May 19 breakfast): $310.00
  • Mentorship: $900.00 (manuscripts under 250 pages), $1100.00 (manuscripts 250-350 pages)
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due March 13.

Note: Retreat participants may extend their writing retreat by coming early or staying longer for a nominal additional daily fee.

Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

The fee includes accommodations (double or single occupancy) in VCFA dorms for Friday and Saturday nights. Meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

  • Writing Track room & board:  $500.00
  • Critique Track room & board: $550.00
  • Workshop Track room & board: $600.00
  • Additional single room fee (optional): $55.00
  • Optional critique with an editor: $100.00
  • Extra fee for early arrival on Thursday: $50.00
  • Optional Thursday night group dinner: $25.00
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due by January 25.

WCYA Alumni Mini-Residency

  • Basic Registration: $350.00 (includes all lectures/panels, readings, professional practice workshops, and open pitch sessions)
  • Room & board: $215.00 (includes three nights on campus—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; meals are included from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch)
  • Additional single room fee (optional): $55.00
  • Workshop participation (optional): $100.00
  • Critique with an editor or agent (optional): $85.00
  • Thursday night group dinner (optional): $25.00
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due by September 15.

Certificate in Publishing

Students have the option of two payment tiers, one that earns credit toward their MFA in Writing & Publishing (should they choose to apply for our two-year program at a later date) and one that does not. Those tiers are as follows:

  • Credit-earning Tuition (Certificate in Publishing + 15 credits to be counted toward an MFA in Writing & Publishing): $15,918.00
  • No-credit Tuition (Certificate in Publishing only): $13,000.00

Discounted Alumni Pricing

Alumni who hold a graduate degree from VCFA are eligible for the following pricing tiers:

  • Alumni Credit-earning Tuition: $11,250.00
  • Alumni No-credit Tuition: $8,250.00

Postgraduate Semester for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Tuition: $7,519.00

Postgraduate Study in Music Composition

Tuition: $7,558.00

Postgraduate Semester in Graphic Design

Tuition: $7,378.00

Postgraduate Semester in Visual Art

Tuition: $7,147.00

Postgraduate Semester in Writing or WCYA

Tuition: $6,813.00



To apply for financial aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the same time as you submit your VCFA application. The VCFA School Code for the FAFSA is 003697.

Program Scholarships

International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

The International MFA reviews scholarship applications once each academic year and offers merit scholarships to successful applicants. Scholarship applications are accepted between January 15 and May 1. To be considered, submit an additional essay to [email protected] stating why you believe you are a good candidate for the scholarship.

MFA in Writing

  • The Writing Life Scholarship Fund
  • The Saddha Scholarship Fund
  • Lynda Hull Minority Scholarship Fund
  • The Upstreet Scholarship Fund
  • Poetry Scholarships
  • Slovenia and Cozumel Travel Scholarships

MFA in Writing & Publishing

Diversity Scholarships:

  • Indigenous Peoples Scholarships
  • International Scholarships
  • New American Scholarships
  • Veterans Scholarship
  • Writers of Color & LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships:

  • Emerging Writer Scholarship
  • Phoenix Books Howard Frank Mosher Scholarship

Partnered Institutions Scholarships, for graduates of:

  • Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
  • Champlain College, Professional Writing program
  • Saint Michael’s College, English Department

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

  • Alumni Gift Award
  • Angela Johnson Scholarship
  • Beyond Words Scholarship
  • Candlewick Picture Book Award
  • Critical Thesis Prize
  • Final Stretch Scholarship Fund
  • Flying Pig Grade-A, Number-One Ham Humor Award
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Prize
  • In a Nutshell Short Story Award
  • Marion Dane Bauer Scholarship
  • Norma Fox Mazer Award

MA in Art & Design Education

The Art & Design Education program offers merit- and need-based scholarships. There is no additional application; to be considered, simply complete a FAFSA when you apply for admission.

MFA in Graphic Design

  • Future of Design Award of Merit
  • Form, Content, and Craft Award
  • Promise Award
  • AIGA Award

MFA in Visual Art

  • Dolan Foundation Minority Scholarships
  • The Levin/Lutz Prize
  • The Janet Kaplan Memorial Scholarship
  • Vermont Studio Center Fellowship

MFA in Film

  • Director’s Award
  • Innovation in Form and Content
  • Language of Film Award
  • Documentary Short Form
  • Emerging Screenwriter’s Award

MFA in Music Composition

  • Music Educator Award
  • Women Composers Fellowship
  • Regional Composers Scholarship
  • Composers Fellowship Award

Additional Scholarship Resources

General Information

In addition to the external resources below, we recommend students contact their undergraduate alumni organization to see if they offer scholarships to their alumni. Students searching for scholarships may also want to contact their local library for a list of local civic, non-profit, and religious organizations and local regional foundations that offer graduate scholarships.

Students can check their state department of education website for state-based scholarships and additional resources

Certain employers offer tuition reimbursements for advanced study. Check with your employer about any such programs and their requirements.

Other Targeted Scholarships

Religious Scholarships:

Scholarships for Low-Income Students:

Scholarships for Veterans:

External Scholarships by Program

MFA in Writing:

MFA in Graphic Design:

MFA in Visual Art:

MFA in Film:

MFA in Music Composition:


Contact our Financial Aid Office

Lucy Bourgeault
Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
866-934-8232, ext. 8819
[email protected]