Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Tuition & Scholarships

Your MFA needs to fit into your life: your time, your finances, your commitments. We’re here to help you put all the pieces together. VCFA is committed to offering convenient and affordable graduate studies in art & design education.

Our low residency model allows us to offer a creative and rigorous degree program for arts educators, while keeping tuition low in comparison with many art & design education programs. We work with every student to manage their program financing individually.

We offer merit- and need-based scholarships directly by the program, and you will be considered for these scholarships as part of your application review—so there’s no separate scholarship application. We also offer a payment plan, flexible student loan options, and tips and advice for how to maximize your aid opportunities through both VCFA and external sources.

To apply for financial aid, file the FAFSA at the same time as you submit your VCFA application.

Master of Arts in Art & Design Education Tuition 2019-2020

  • Annual tuition: $23,450
  • Semester tuition: $11,700

Tuition & Fees 2018/19

Tuition & Fees 2019/20

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Under the federal loan forgiveness program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for the Federal Loan Forgiveness Program on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

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If you'd like to learn more about financial aid and scholarship opportunities at VCFA, please reach out to Lucy Bourgeault, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, at [email protected] or 866-934-8232 ext. 8819.

Tuition Policy

Enrollment Deposit Fee

New students are required to pay an enrollment deposit fee (see tuition and fees) prior to their initial residency or registration. The deposit is applied to the matriculated student’s annual tuition and fees.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policy

The withdrawal must be in writing and should be sent directly to either the student’s program office or the Registrar’s Office. The date of withdrawal is the earlier of:

  • Date the student notifies the college; or
  • Ending date of the previous term if the student fails to register for a new term.

It is understood that a student who fails to notify Vermont College of Fine Arts of withdrawal from the program or academic year is obligated for all tuition assessed for the academic year. Students who withdraw prior to the end of the academic year should refer to the current tuition policies statement for information about appropriate tuition refunds. The amount of the refund, if applicable, will be determined by the effective date of the withdrawal and the balance of the student’s account, after financial aid adjustments, as of the withdrawal date.
Financial aid adjustments are based on federal guidelines. Tuition is partially reversed or refunded when students withdraw completely from the program or go on leave after the academic year has begun. The amount of the refund, if applicable, will be determined by the effective date of the withdrawal. Please see the Withdrawal & Refunds section of the Student Handbook for more specific details on the withdrawal and refund schedule.