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

MFA Program Tuition and Fees for 2022-2023
Tuition for the academic year $21,060 ($10,530 per semester)
Residency room fees and selected meals $1,800 
Books and supplies $800 (estimate)
Student Support Services Fee* $316

*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.

MFA in Writing Scholarships

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 number of MFA Merit Scholarships, including:

  • The Pearl Scholarship, awarded to an exceptional student in any genre;
  • The Washburn-Hayes Scholarship, named in honor of beloved longtime program director Shelley Washburn and the founding dean of the MFA in Writing, John Hayes, which recognizes talented writers in any genre;
  • The Marvin Bell Scholarship, offered to remarkable poets entering the program;
  • The Katherine Dunn Scholarship, named for the MFA faculty and celebrated novelist and journalist Dunn, and offered to extraordinary women writers who demonstrate financial need (FAFSA required); and
  • The Mapmakers Scholarship, which is awarded to exceptional students of color.

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.

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 6.6%.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

These loans are fixed at 7.6% 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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