Tuition & Fees: Degree Programs

International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

2019-2020

  • Semester tuition:  $7,200.00
  • Single-room surcharge (per residency):  $1,000.00

Estimated 2.5-year program cost is $38,400.00.

MFA in Writing

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $11,882.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $877.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $12,759.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $52,846.00.

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

Estimated 2-year program cost is $63,672.00.

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $12,238.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $877.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $13,115.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $54,270.00.

MA in Art & Design Education

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Annual tuition:  $23,400
  • Semester tuition:  $11,700
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room, per 14-day residency):  $1,228.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room, per 7-day graduation residency):  $614.00

Estimated 1-year program cost is $25,242.00.

MFA in Graphic Design

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,963.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $614.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,577.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $59,855.00.

MFA in Visual Art

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $12,538.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $877.00
  • Residency exhibition fee:  $491.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $13,906.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $57,434.00.

MFA in Film

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,191.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $614.00
  • Residency exhibition fee:  $746.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,551.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $59,751.00.

MFA in Music Composition

Summer 2019 – Winter 2020

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $13,191.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room):  $614.00
  • Residency production fee:  $746.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $14,551.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $59,751.00.

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 Alumnx 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 Alumnx Pricing

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

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

Postgraduate Semester for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

  • Tuition:  $7,519.00
  • Residency Fee:  $933.00
  • Housing:  $614.00

Postgraduate Study in Music Composition

  • Tuition:  $7,519.00
  • Residency Fee:  $933.00
  • Housing:  $614.00

Postgraduate Semester in Graphic Design

  • Tuition:  $7,803.00
  • Residency Fee:  $933.00
  • Housing:  $614.00

Postgraduate Semester in Visual Art

  • Tuition:  $7,147.00
  • Residency Fee:  $933.00
  • Housing:  $877.00

Postgraduate Semester in Writing or WCYA

  • Tuition:  $6,813.00
  • Residency Fee:  $933.00
  • Housing:  $877.00

Picture Book Intensive

  • Semester tuition (6 months):  $12,238.00
  • Housing (double-occupancy room):  $877.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester):  $13,115.00

FAFSA

Instructions

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

All successful applicants admitted to the program are automatically considered for merit-only scholarships. Finalists may be asked to submit an additional essay and/or attend an interview by teleconference with the program co-directors. Scholarships may be awarded for either the fall or spring semesters.

MFA in Writing

  • The Writing Life Scholarship Fund
  • The Saddha Scholarship Fund
  • Lynda Hull Minority Scholarship Fund
  • The Upstreet Scholarship Fund
  • Fowler-McCown Scholarship Fund
  • 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

  • Alumnx 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 program offers general merit- and need-based scholarships. There is no additional application; to be considered, simply complete a FAFSA when you apply for admission.
  • Arts and Learning Award: a $2,000 merit scholarship awarded to up to two educators each year who have shown innovation or commitment to growth in their teaching practice. To apply, in the online admissions application please describe the ways in which you have shown these qualities.
  • Challenged Schools Award: a $3,000 scholarship for teachers working in schools classified as Title 1, or which serve economically challenged or underserved populations. To apply, in the online admissions application please explain the situation you are teaching in and how this award will support your work.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: a $1,500 scholarship for a teacher who has shown excellence in their field. To apply, in the online admissions application please describe any awards or recognitions you have received in your work as an educator.
  • Art & Design Education Diversity Award: a $3,000 scholarship specifically for students of ethnic and racial diversity. To apply, in the online admissions application please explain how this award will support your work in art education.

MFA in Graphic Design

Spring Semesters

  • Distinguished Designer Award: Supports half of a student’s entire tuition in the program and is awarded to two new students. Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should write a short essay as part of their admissions application. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the priority deadline, but all students who apply by the rolling deadline will be considered.
  • Educator Awards ($8,000 each): Awarded to two incoming students already teaching in the design field (K-12 or college level) who seek to continue their education to deepen both their education and their design practice. Short essay required.

Fall Semesters

  • Future of Design Awards ($10,000 each): Awarded to two incoming students whose applications (including a short essay) show promise regarding their development of design as a discipline in response to relevant economic, social, and cultural situations. We believe that design has the potential to influence the way we conduct business, use technologies, and frame communications, and we would like to support the exploration and development of constructive, transformative projects.

MFA in Visual Art

Scholarships for applicants

 Every application cycle: 

  • Merit scholarship: awarded in the acceptance letter.
  • Need-based scholarship: awarded during the enrollment process, post acceptance.

Every other application cycle:

  • Dolan Award: a $10,000 scholarship established by the Dolan Foundation, specifically for students of ethnic and racial diversity. Prospective students who wish to be considered for this scholarship indicate so in their application, under the Dolan Award field.
  • Distinguished Artist Award: This scholarship is awarded to two new students and supports half of a student’s entire tuition in the program. Prospective students who wish to be considered for this scholarship submit a short statement included in the admissions application, under the Distinguished Artist Award field.

Scholarships for students enrolled in the program 

  • Levin Lutz: The G. Roy Levin/Jessica Lutz Merit Prize was established by the first graduates of the MFA in Visual Art program. It is a $500 award granted by program faculty and administration to a third-semester student whose progress in the program, both academic and studio, deserves special acknowledgment.
  • Janet Kaplan Memoral Scholarship: This scholarship was established by alumnx and friends in memory of our founding faculty member, Janet Kaplan. It is a $500 award granted by program faculty and administration to a student entering their final semester, in recognition of their progress in the program and to support the costs associated with developing and implementing their final exhibition.

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 alumnx organization to see if they offer scholarships to their alumnx. 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:

Questions?

Contact our Financial Aid Office

David Markow
Vice President for Student Services
802-828-8535
866-934-8232, ext. 8535
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