Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid


Tuition: $425 per credit hour

Residency Fees:

BOARD (includes most meals during residency) $250

ROOM (students stay in a residence hall with suite bathrooms in summer, and usually share same-gender communal baths in the residence halls available in winter) $250 for single; $200 for double (when available)

Graduation Fee: $150

Audit Fee per Residency Course: $400 (two courses per residency for a total of $800)

Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable, but applied to first semester’s tuition and/or fees):



Graduate tuition is billed per credit hour. The MFA program requires 12 credit hours per residency and semester: $5100. There are four full semesters and residencies, plus a fifth residency for thesis-presentation; for this fifth residency, students pay tuition for only one credit hour, plus room and board.


[$425 x 49 credit hours; $500 x 5 residencies room/board if staying on campus, $150 graduation fee]

*Note that books and travel to residencies are not included in this breakdown, nor are cross-genre study or Ireland Residency.

Students are billed for a residency and semester approximately one month in advance of the residency; a student account balance must be paid (or a payment plan initiated by the student) before the residency in order for a student to participate in the residency and semester. If on a payment plan, a student must schedule payments so that the outstanding balance is paid by November 15 in fall and April 15 in spring so there will be no holds for registration for the subsequent term.

Tuition and fees are subject to changes and are likely to increase modestly each year; any changes will promptly appear on this page, and students will be informed.


Limited, modest scholarships are available. Awards (generally in the amount of $1000-$2000) are based on both merit and financial need. There is no separate application process for scholarships; applicants with financial need may contact the MFA Director about funding availability.

To be eligible for financial aid in the form of loans, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) application and be fully admitted as a matriculated student in the MFA program. The FASFA application is available here. You are required to secure a Personal Identification Number (PIN). WVWC’s School Code is 003830-00. For aid eligibility, students will also need to complete Entrance Counseling for Graduate Students and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for an unsubsidized student loan; directions available here.

Interest-free loan deferrals are also available for graduate students. Additionally, many employers provide full or partial tuition reimbursement to their employees who participate in job-relevant graduate study. (If you are a public school teacher, check with your county superintendent about funding for continuing education.)

For financial aid purposes, students are considered full-time when enrolled in six or more graduate credit hours per semester or session. Fourth Semester—or Thesis Semester—students should be aware that they will be enrolled in the 1-hour course (ENGL 655) when they return for their Fifth Residency, paying for 1 credit-hour plus room and board (if staying on campus). 1 hour of credit does not, however, qualify Fifth Residency students for financial aid, so these students will have two options for paying for the Fifth Residency session:

–plan to pay for the Fifth Residency session out of pocket. Approximate cost: $1075 [$425 for tuition for one credit hour, $500 for room and board (depending on selections), and the $150 graduation fee].

–refuse approximately $1075 of financial aid refund at the start of the fourth semester, leaving enough in one’s student account to cover the charges to be incurred during the Fifth Residency.

For further information, contact the WVWC Financial Aid Office at 304-473-8080.