MFA Funding and Support

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students at the time they are admitted to the program. Some additional teaching assistantships may be available to students entering their second year. In their first year, TAs teach one composition course each quarter under the supervision of the Director of Expository Writing. In their second year, these students may have the opportunity to teach the introductory course in their genre under the supervision of the Director of Creative Writing. Students must be admitted to the graduate program to be considered for a TA appointment, but incoming students are eligible to apply at the same time they submit their other application materials. Teaching assistants earn a stipend plus a tuition waiver and student health, dental, and vision insurance.

Grants and Prizes

The program administers over half a dozen scholarships and prizes for graduate and undergraduate students in creative writing. We also have a long-standing relationship with the Amazon Literary Partnership, which enables us to offer graduate student support. 

Loans, Work-Study Eligibility, and other Financial Aid

Information is available through the following:

Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Washington
Box 355880
Seattle WA 98195-5880

Call 206-543-6101

 The Graduate School also maintains a page devoted to funding resources: How do I pay for graduate school?



MFA students may have the opportunity to grade papers for undergraduate classes.

Graduate Funding Information Service

The GFIS is a resource offered by the UW Libraries to help graduate students locate funding oportunities for graduate school related expenses, including tuition, research, conference and research travel.  Students can visit GFIS for drop-in hours, schedule individual appointments, or request information by e-mail.