Fellowships and Funding


The MFA Creative Writing program awards several merit-based fellowships, which have been made possible by the extraordinary generosity, vision, and good will of alumni of the College of Charleston:

  • The Woodfin Fellowships: Each year, two Woodfin Fellowships are awarded to one incoming fiction writer and one incoming poet whose application and creative writing sample demonstrates exceptional skill and promise. The fellowship award is $10,000 total for the recipients’ two years in the MFA program. Typically, Woodfin Fellows also are awarded a renewable 10-hour Graduate Assistantship ($6,300/yr.), usually to work as an Editorial Assistant at Crazyhorse.
  • The James L. “Jim” Banks III Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Every other year, the Banks Scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to enroll in the Studio curriculum emphasis, who has a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA, and whose application and creative work demonstrates excellence and the ability to tap into the universal human experience. The Banks Scholarship is $5000 total, divided across the recipient’s two years in the MFA program.

Graduate Assistantships

The MFA program awards a limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships to work as an Editorial Assistant at Crazyhorse literary journal based on the merit of a student’s creative writing sample, statement of purpose, GPA, and professor recommendations. Graduate assistantships are one-year positions that require students to work either 20 hours per week (at an annual stipend of $12,600) or 10 hours per week (at an annual stipend of $6,300). Recipients of graduate assistantships must be enrolled full time in the program and in good academic standing.

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.

Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships

Students accepted into the MFA in Creative Writing program who meet the academic criteria will be nominated for competitive scholarships and fellowships offered by the Graduate School. These scholarships and fellowships are awarded for academic excellence and are made by the discretion of the Graduate School Dean.


Tuition and fees vary according to factors such as an individual’s resident and enrollment status. 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 our financial aid website for additional resources and programs that can help you finance your graduate school education.