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Costs and Funding

Financing a graduate education is an investment in your future. If you plan early and carefully, you can make your graduate education a reality.


Tuition and fees vary according to factors such as an individual’s resident status, and whether they are enrolled full time or part time. Students in the MFA in Creative Writing program will take three courses (nine graduate credit hours) the first, second and fourth semesters. Semester three will consist of four courses (12 credit hours). For the most up-to-date information on legal residency, fees and tuition, go to the Treasurers Office website.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to look at financial aid website for programs that can help you finance your graduate school education. Students accepted into the MFA in creative writing program will be eligible to apply for funding through the Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantship (GA)

There are between four to eight assistantships that are awarded on the basis of a student’s creative writing portfolios, GPA, GRE scores and professor recommendations. Graduate assistantships are year-long positions that require students to work either 20 hours per week (at an annual stipend of $12,400) or 10 hours per week (at an annual stipend of $6,200).  Recipients of graduate assistantships must also be enrolled full time in the program and in good academic standing.

MFA graduate assistants usually work in one of the following capacities:

  • Editorial assistant for Crazyhorse
  • Assistant to the MFA program director
  • Research assistant to an individual professor
  • Teaching assistant in a lower-level creative writing course
  • Facilitator of the College of Charleston Visiting Writers Series

Admitted students can apply for graduate assistantships in other departments and offices on campus as well, such as the Avery Research Center, the Honors College, and the Arts & Cultural Management department.