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Tuition and Funding

While Roosevelt University is unable to offer full funding to MFA candidates, we work hard to make the program affordable to qualified applicants through offers that may include partial scholarships from the program and/or the University and graduate assistantships. In addition, the flexibility of our curriculum and the fact that all MFA courses are offered in the evenings allows our students to work full- or part-time if they choose.


Full-time tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $19,380.

Part-time tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $1,077 per semester hour

For detailed information on tuition, fees, and other expenses, visit the University’s Tuition and Fees page.


Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Partial scholarships are available to qualified students on the basis of the perceived quality of their applications from both the MFA program and the University. The Friends of American Writers, a Chicago literary organization founded in 1922, also funds an annual scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding candidate in the MFA program.

In addition, the English department offers several one-year Graduate Assistantships to both new and continuing MFA students. These awards carry half-tuition remission and a small stipend and are available on a competitive basis.

To learn more, visit the University’s Scholarships/Assistantships page.

Financial Aid

Roosevelt offers financial aid to graduate students through federal programs, notably guaranteed student loans and work-study.

To learn more, and to apply for financial aid, visit the University’s Graduate Students Financial Aid site.

Other Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to help students finance their MFA degrees outside of the program. On-campus, for example, paid tutoring positions are offered through the University Writing Center.

Beyond the University, the city of Chicago is a major hub in the educational, publishing, marketing, and nonprofit sectors, and many of our current students choose to work in these industries.