MFA in Writing & Publishing (Residential)

Tuition & Scholarships

VCFA is committed to helping our students pay for graduate school. 100% of students entering the MFA in Writing & Publishing program receive funding. Discounts range from $1,000 merit scholarships to $10,000 working fellowships.

MFA in Writing & Publishing awards unnamed scholarships to students based on need (FAFSA required) and merit. In addition to the unnamed scholarships, VCFA offers several additional distinguished opportunities, based on financial need and merit as well as exceptional qualification and strength of proposal.

Diversity Scholarships:

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

Partnered Institutions Scholarships:

  • Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
  • Champlain College’s BS in Professional Writing
  • Saint Michael's College English Department

Merit Scholarships:

  • Emerging Writer Scholarship
  • Phoenix Books Howard Frank Mosher Scholarship

Read more about these opportunities here.

Working Fellowships:

  • Hunger Mountain Co-Managing Editor
  • Hunger Mountain Fellow
  • Social Media Fellow
  • Teaching Apprentice Fellow
  • And More!

Fellowship Applications Now Open. See all listings and application directions here. Apply by March 22, 2019

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

MFA in Writing & Publishing

  • Annual tuition (2018-2019): $31,836.00
  • Semester tuition (2018-2019): $15,918.00
  • Annual on-campus dormitory (2018-2019): $604.00/month*

*Applications received by March 15, 2019 will be considered for full housing awards.

Tuition & Fees 2018-2019

Available Scholarships and Fellowships

Tuition Policy

Enrollment Deposit Fee

New students are required to pay an enrollment deposit fee (see tuition and fee schedule) prior to their initial residency or registration. The deposit is applied to the matriculated student’s first semester of 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 semester is obligated for all tuition assessed for the complete semester. Students who withdraw prior to the end of the semester 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 a semester 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.