Cost, Scholarships and Financial Aid | Master of Fine Arts in Writing

MFA Program Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022
Tuition for the academic year $20,348
Residency room fees and selected meals $1,800 
Books and supplies $800 (estimate)
Student Support Services Fee* $304 

*Details at the Students Accounts page.

Students are responsible for their own transportation costs. Residency fees cover room, lunches, and two dinners for the two 10-day residency periods, one in January and one in June. A laptop computer is helpful during the residencies.

Residency Writers Conference Tuition and Fees for 2021-2022
Tuition, no academic credit $1,800
Tuition, four academic credits $2,700
Residency room fees and selected meals $900

The Residency Writers Conference is for non-degree-seeking students. For more information, see Residency Writers Conference.

Please note that all costs are subject to change.


Each year Pacific offers partial scholarships to selected students entering the MFA program. All scholarships are based on the quality of the creative manuscript and supporting application materials and are awarded at the time of acceptance. No additional application is required. These include a limited number of MFA Merit Scholarships, among them, The Pearl Scholarship, our top honor, which are awarded to exceptional students in any genre; The Mapmakers Scholarship, awarded to exceptional students of color; and The Katherine Dunn Scholarship, awarded to exceptional female students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants who would like to be considered for the Katherine Dunn Scholarship will need to submit a FAFSA to determine eligibility.

Financial Aid/Loans

A typical MFA financial aid package will be a combination of loans that should meet 100% of your cost of attendance. Cost of attendance includes tuition, residency room and board, room and board for home residence, books, laptop, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. MFA students can borrow up to $20,500 (estimate) per year in the Federal Unsubsidized Loan. If students have a need beyond the Federal Unsubsidized Loan, the Direct Lending Program offers Graduate PLUS loans or students can consider private loans from various lenders.

Federal Loans

Federal loans are available to United States citizens and eligible noncitizens who are enrolled at least half-time in a degree program at Pacific University. Eligibility is determined by the information you provide on the FAFSA. A Repayment Estimator is available at

Subsidized Federal Direct Loan

Eligibility for the subsidized Federal Direct Loan is based on financial need, as determined by the information submitted on the FAFSA. The loan principal is deferred, and the government pays the interest on the loan while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time.

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan

The unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan is available to students who file the FAFSA and meet general federal student aid eligibility requirements, regardless of financial need. The loan principal may be deferred, but interest accrues once the loan is disbursed.

Interest Rate, Fees & Repayment

  • The new interest rates starting on July 1, 2020 are the following for each loan type:
    • Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Undergraduate Borrower) - 2.75%
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Graduate Borrower) - 4.30%
    • Direct PLUS Loans (Parent/Graduate Borrowers) - 5.30%
  • Fixed interest rate
  • Interest paid may be tax-deductible
  • Fees of 1.069% are deducted from the loan when disbursed to the school.
  • Standard 10-year repayment begins six months after graduation, or ceasing to be enrolled at least half-time. Other repayment options may be available and are described at
  • Deferment, cancellation, forbearance, forgiveness, and discharge information is available at

How to Apply for Loans

Students applying to the MFA program should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit this form to the federal government as soon as possible. Be sure to have a copy sent to Pacific University (Federal School Code: 003212). Do not wait to be accepted into the MFA program to apply for financial aid, and do not wait until you have filed your income tax return with the IRS. 

FAFSA forms are available online at, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. We strongly encourage completing your FAFSA online. This enables you to get your Student Aid Report (SAR) sooner than with the paper application, and the online form has built-in edits to catch simple errors.

Types of Loans

Federal Stafford Loans

Pacific University participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program. This program offers incoming MFA students unsubsidized loans. These loans begin accruing interest when they are disbursed. The interest rate is a fixed 4.30%.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

These loans are fixed at 5.30% and applicants must meet credit approval.

Private Loans

These variable interest rate loans are offered by lenders and institutions for educational expenses. These loans are not guaranteed student loans — lenders and institutions have varying credit approval criteria that must be met by loan applicants.

Additional Financial Resources


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