MFA Financial Assistance

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

Please note: 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 and Campus Fees.

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


For up to six incoming MFA students, we award the Edward & Alberta Brown Scholarships in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as up to three out-of-state tuition waivers to eligible students for their first year of study. For select continuing students, we award the Benck Family Scholarship, the Whitney Alan Fisher Memorial Scholarship, the C.G. Hanzlicek Poetry Writing Fellowship, the Philip Levine Creative Writing Scholarship, and the Andrés Montoya Memorial Scholarships. For more information about the scholarships, see the Department of English's scholarships page

We also offer select Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funding for students to attend national writing conferences.

Most scholarship and funding opportunities are competitive.

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Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Includes the State University Grant and other aid programs administered by the CSU system.
Apply: Financial Aid Office website  •  More on CSU aid programs

Fresno State Scholarships
Includes our program's scholarships for Brown and Benck, as well as other university scholarships.
Apply: Scholarships Office website  •  Fresno State scholarships FAQ

Graduate Funding Opportunities
Includes merit awards, need-based awards, research awards, travel grants for creative and scholarly presentations, and more.
Apply: Division of Graduate Studies website

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Job Opportunities

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 2016-17 is now closed.) Most TAs teach in the first-year writing program, and several teach beginning creative writing classes each semester.

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.

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 Tutor 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.

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.

Most job opportunities are competitive.

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Student 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.

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