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Tuition and Financial Aid

The Augsburg MFA in Creative Writing can be completed in 46 credits.  If you choose to add one of the three concentrations (Teaching, Translation, or Publishing) you will complete the degree in 50 or 54 credits depending on which concentration you add to your program. For current tuition rates, please see the graduate tuition rates on the Student Financial Services tuition and fees webpage.

AWP membership is included in the cost of tuition.


George Floyd Memorial – 2021 MFA Writers Award

This award aims to support and celebrate writers that show great promise in their ability to further dismantle anti-Black racism, racism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression.

Strong candidates for the George Floyd Memorial 2021 MFA award will meet the following guidelines:

  • New students offered admission to the MFA program
  • Strong understanding of Black experiences and history in the United States.
  • Experience leading and/or organizing programs, events, and projects that serve to create and further shape a racially-just and equitable society.

This award covers the cost of tuition for the program’s three required summer residency sessions (totaling 18 of the 46 required credit hours for the degree), thereby reducing the overall cost of the MFA program. In addition, it provides the recipient with a reduction of $80 per credit hour for the remaining four semesters of coursework distance instruction (currently at 28 credit hours total). There is no application process for this award. All applicants who apply for admission to the program before March 15 will be considered for the award.  The recipient of this award is invited to provide at least one seminar with the inaugural group of students participating in the undergraduate fellowship program.

Augsburg Tuition Discount Programs

Augsburg Partnership Grant – MFA students who are employed by one of Augsburg’s partner organizations receive a tuition discount of $80 per credit for the entire program. Learn more about the Partnership grant, and see a list of our partner organizations.

Augsburg Alumni Discount  Augsburg University graduates receive a discount of $80 per credit for the entire program.

AmeriCorps Discount/Lutheran Volunteer Corps Discount – Students who have completed a term of service with AmeriCorps or Lutheran Volunteer Corps receive a discount of $80 per credit for the entire program.

Military Discount  Students who have served in the United States Military receive a discount of $80 per credit for the entire program.

Federal Student Aid

Financial assistance including federal loans is available to degree-seeking students enrolled full-time in the program. Students considering borrowing loans should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.