MFA in Writing & Publishing (Residential)

Scholarships and Fellowships

Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the important role scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit-based and need-based scholarships, as well as paid Fellowship positions. 100% of MFA in Writing & Publishing students receive funding.

Applying for Scholarships

All of our Diversity Scholarships and Partnered Institutions Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic merit. In the case of permanent US residents, financial need will be assessed by a FAFSA review. If you are not a permanent U.S. resident, please include a supplemental statement of financial need that explains your situation.

Merit Scholarships are based on academic merit alone. If applying for a Merit Scholarship, our faculty will review your writing sample, resume, and personal statement with scholarships in mind.

Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are applied to the first semester of study and may be reviewed for renewal thereafter.

In addition to scholarships, all admitted students will have the opportunity to apply for Work-Based Fellowships. Student Fellows work and gain skills in a variety of fields in exchange for payroll stipends. These fields include, but are not limited to: arts and education administration, teaching, editing, and marketing, as well as admissions and hospitality. 

For more information about scholarships, contact Lucy Bourgeault, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, at [email protected] or (802) 828-8819.

Please note in your application for which scholarship(s) you would like to be considered. While all applications will be reviewed for discretionary merit scholarships, only applications received by February 1, 2019 will be considered for the following named scholarships.

Diversity Scholarships

Indigenous Peoples Scholarships
Tuition scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 may be awarded to applicants who belong to an indigenous group anywhere in the world. In recognition of the location of VCFA, indigenous peoples living in the Northeastern United States will be given preference and are especially encouraged to apply.

International Scholarships
Tuition scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 may be awarded to writers who live outside of the U.S. and who are not U.S. citizens in order to support VCFA’s mission of building a global community of artists.

New American Scholarships
Tuition scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 may be awarded to writers permanently residing in the United States who were born outside of the country. The MFA in Writing & Publishing believes immigrant and migrant writers are vital and necessary in the U.S. literary community.

Veterans Scholarship
Tuition scholarships of $3,000 may be awarded to U.S. Veterans to attend VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing program in recognition of the sacrifice and contributions of our veterans.

Writers of Color & LGBTQ+ Scholarships
Tuition scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 may be awarded to writers of color and/or writers from LGBTQ+ communities in order to create opportunities for traditionally underrepresented writers.

Partnered Institutions Scholarships

Tuition scholarships ranging from $1000-$5000 will be granted to writers who have completed their undergraduate degree (or in the case of the Cambridge Writers' Workshop, completed at least one course in the last 3 years) with the following partner institutions: 

  • Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
  • Champlain College’s BS in Professional Writing
  • Saint Michael's College English Department (must have a BA in English and/or a minor in Creative Writing) 

Merit-Based Scholarships

Emerging Writer Scholarship
One full-tuition scholarship for an exceptional emerging writer matriculating in Fall 2019 will be offered by VCFA's MFA in Writing & Publishing program. The Emerging Writer Scholarship will fully cover two years of the program’s tuition as well as housing on the VCFA campus.

Phoenix Books Howard Frank Mosher Scholarship
We offer an annual $10,000 scholarship to a Vermont fiction writer in collaboration with independent bookseller Phoenix Books. This award honors late author Howard Frank Mosher and is applied only to the student’s first year of study. The recipient must be a current Vermont resident at the time of their application.


Lucy Bourgeault

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
[email protected]

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