MFA Financial Information

For current costs of standard Tuition and Campus Fees at Fresno State, see the Accounting Services fee schedule page, which is updated every semester.

Funding Opportunities

Creative Writing students can apply for a wide range of local, state, and federal financial assistance. These include scholarships, grants, loan programs, and more.

Most funding and job opportunities are competitive.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Visit our Department of English's student funding page for full information about scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Pay closest attention to financial aid from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies (DRGS) and Graduate Net Initiative (GNI).

In addition to what's listed on the department funding page, we offer up to three nonresident fee waivers to qualified incoming students for their first year of study.

We also offer ongoing Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funding for select students to attend and participate in national writing conferences. Travel grants are also available.

Teaching Associate positions

Recruitment for Teaching Associate positions (TAships) in the department takes place each spring semester for positions beginning in the fall. (Please note that recruitment for AY 2017-18 is now closed.) Most TAs teach in the first-year writing program, and several teach beginning creative writing classes each semester.

Tutoring positions

Recruitment for Tutor positions in the campus Writing Center takes place each semester. Tutors work as facilitators in small writing groups, in one-on-one tutoring, and in online tutoring.

Recruitment for Writing Consultant positions in the campus Graduate Writing Studio takes place each semester. Tutors consult on graduate student projects, thesis manuscripts, or papers for publication. Contact the coordinator to apply.

Assistantships in publishing and editing

The program awards three Graduate Assistant positions (GAships) each year, one in each genre, to incoming students. The GAs work as editorial interns for The Normal School literary magazine, and they support the administrative staff in the program office.

The program awards up to three Student Assistant positions each fall to continuing students to assist faculty in running our annual book contest, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry.

Creative Writing Prizes

The program, together with the English Department and the Academy of American Poets, sponsors annual Creative Writing Prizes each spring for writers in all genres.

California Residency

Out-of-state, nonresident, and international students must pay an additional Non-Resident Tuition Fee of $372 per unit, in addition to the standard Tuition Fee and Campus Fees.

For general information on establishing residency for tuition purposes, visit: the Fresno State catalog website, the Admissions and Records website, and the University Outreach Services website.

Because each student's residency status can be complex, contact the Graduate Admissions office for individual consultation. The technicians are Amanda Eberlein (last names A-L) and Hortencia Iribe (last names M-Z).