Tuition and Fees

Each MFA course is five credits and is considered full-time.  The program requires a total of 45 credits (nine courses, one course per semester) over a three year period. 

The 2013/2014 Resident Tuition and Fees are $391 per credit, making each course total $1955.

The 2013/2014 Nonresident Tuition and Fees are $799 per credit, making each course $3995.

The Summer Residency cost is approximately $1,500 which includes housing, meals and the $275 summer lab fee.  This does not include transportation costs or expenses associated with books and supplies.

Please visit the UAA Tuition and Fees pages to obtain updated cost information.

Financial Assistance

The University of Alaska Anchorage has many financial aid options to help you cover the cost of your degree. The  Office of Student Financial Assistance includes information about financial assistance, payment plans, financial aid disbursement schedules, and  scholarships

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance directly for all of your financial aid questions.  You may contact them  at 907-786-1480 or e-mail them at:

At the moment the Creative Writing & Literary Arts program does not currently offer scholarships or assistantships.



If you are intersested in scholarships, we suggest you begin by perusing the College of Arts and Sciences scholarships and also review the scholarships listed under General and Miscellaneous, Private, and UA Statewide Scholarships.

There is one scholarship specifically for Creative Writing students called the UAA April Relyea Scholarship.

UAA's scholarship deadline is typically February 15th.  While this deadline is several weeks before CWLA acceptance notification is mailed, incoming students are allowed to apply for the scholarships and may be awarded the scholarship if 1) they are accepted into the CWLA program and 2) the scholarship review committee awards them the scholarship.


The Jason Wenger Memorial Writing Award

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The Jason Wenger Memorial Writing Award honors one of the most spirited and generous graduate students to enter the MFA program. Jason was passionate about writing, known among his colleagues for his rigorous critiques, and was two tons of fun.  Each year up to three graduating students receive a monetary award in his name.


There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks.
Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough,
to pay attention to the story.
 ~ Linda Hogan