Temple University offers reduced tuition for Pennsylvania residents.
On average, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is able to fund 40% of its students with Teaching Assistantships, University Fellowships, or Future Faculty Fellowships. These funding packages are awarded on a competitive basis. If you are admitted to the Creative Writing Program, you will automatically be considered for a teaching assistantship or fellowship:
Teaching Assistantships require some form of instructional activity—usually teaching a composition course. A maximum of 20 hours of service per week is required. The teaching assistantship awards for 2017–18 include a tuition waiver, health benefits, and a stipend of $17,308. Conditions of the award are determined by the graduate student union contract with Temple University. For further details, consult the Temple University Graduate Student Association’s TUGSA website. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.25 as an undergraduate is required for teaching assistantships.
University Fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students, both domestic and international. These awards are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields. The applicant’s department determines nomination for this fellowship. Nominations are then decided by the Graduate School, which usually looks at traditional markers of academic excellence, i.e., GPA, GRE scores. University Fellowships for 2017–18 include a stipend of $22,500, tuition remission, and health benefits. University Fellows do not have to teach in their first year; however, they must serve as Teaching Assistants in their second year (and their stipends are reduced accordingly). In general, a minimum GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate is required for University Fellowships.
Future Faculty Fellowships are intended to attract outstanding domestic students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted domestic graduate students from underrepresented groups in the applicant’s discipline who show exceptional leadership and/or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing an academic career. The applicant’s department determines nomination for the fellowship. Nominations are then decided by the Graduate School, which usually looks at traditional markers of academic excellence, i.e., GPA, GRE scores. Future Faculty Fellowships for 2017–18 include a stipend of $22,500, tuition remission, and health benefits. Future Faculty Fellows do not have to teach in their first year; however, they must serve as Teaching Assistants in their second year (and their stipends are reduced accordingly). In general, a minimum GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate is required for Future Faculty Fellowships.
Students who do not receive funding often work off-campus jobs and/or take out federal loans (see below) to attend the MFA program. Classes are once a week; thus, it is possible to come to campus just twice a week as a full-time student (9 credits, or 3 classes, per semester), although the class meetings are generally held during the day.
Temple University is relatively affordable in comparison to other programs (see tuition information below). We have had students in the past choose Temple with no funding as opposed to other programs that offered some funding because ultimately it was a better deal for them. Also note that Pennsylvania residents receive reduced tuition at Temple (see the registrar’s residency page for eligibility).
There is also the option of going part-time over three years (6 credits, or 2 classes, per semester), or taking some classes as a non-matriculated student. Those interested in the latter option should inquire about the possibility first, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the start of the semester about specific classes. Check Temple’s course schedule (select the semester, then look under English, Graduate). If there is space and the instructor is amenable, you will most likely be asked for a writing sample and other information for further consideration if you have not already sent in a formal application. Non-matriculated students may transfer up to 9 credits for courses with a grade of B or higher upon admission to the program.
Federal Loan and Work-Study Programs: Graduate students are eligible to receive education loans through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs. At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to full-time graduate students up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually. There are also opportunities for Federal Work-Study jobs.
The first step to determine eligibility is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA). Temple University’s Federal School Code is 003371. The FAFSA deadline is March 1 for fall admission.
Tuition: The MFA program requires 33 total credits. Check the Bursar’s Office for current tuition rates and fees. For 2017–18, annual tuition for full-time graduate students from Pennsylvania is $15,354 (18 total credits); for full-time, out-of-state graduate students, it is $21,042. (Note that in the second year of the program, only 15 credits are required.) For part-time in-state graduate students, it is $10,236 (12 total credits); for part-time out-of-state graduate students, it is $14,028.