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MFA in Writing Tuition and Fees

Annual Tuition

  • Tuition, including room and board for two ten-day residencies $19,900

Other indirect costs (used in calculating financial aid eligibility)

  • Books and supplies (estimated) $1,000
  • Transportation (U.S. citizens) (variable by state) $100–$1,000
  • Estimated federal loan fees $182

Other required college fees

  • Graduation residency charge (one-time charge) $765
  • Application fee (one-time charge) $70
  • Enrollment deposit (one-time charge; applied toward tuition for the first term) $500
  • International students SEVIS and visa fees (variable)

Financial Aid

Following are the various forms of financial assistance Bennington College awards to Master of Fine Art in Writing students.

  • Grants: A small number of alumni-funded awards are offered to outstanding applicants to the Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program.  
  • Loans: The federal student loan is the primary loan resource for most graduate students. Federal Grad PLUS loans may be available to MFA students if the federal unsubsidized student loan will not cover expenses.

Information for International Students

International students who are accepted into the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Bennington College must complete an International Student Certification of Finances in order to be issued a Form I-­20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F­1) Student Status, for Academic Students. After you receive the Form I­-20, you will be able to pay the I­901 SEVIS fee (for more information on the I­901 SEVIS fee you may visit the Homeland Security: Study in the States website and schedule your visa appointment at your U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Read the embassy or consulate’s website for specific instructions.

Due to the fact that you are applying to a low-residency program your SEVIS record will be terminated after each session and a new initial Form I-­20 will be issued for each session. This means that you will have to pay the SEVIS fee and obtain a visa for each of the five sessions you will attend at Bennington College. For more information, please contact the Primary Designated School Official at Bennington College, Kate Child.

Low-Residency Programs

Low-residency MFA in Writing students can borrow an amount covering the cost of tuition, residency, and an allowance for books, supplies, and transportation. Living costs during the period of non-residency are not covered by loans or other aid.