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MFA Creative Writing | Fellowships & Financial Aid


  • Literature
    Fax: 202-885-2938
    Battelle Tompkins, Room 237

    Rangel-Mullin, Rebecca
    Sr. Administrative Assistant

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Merit Awards

The Literature Department offers our strongest applicants fellowships that include full tuition remission and a substantial (taxable) stipend for each of two years of full-time study. We also offer some partial awards: half tuition remission and half stipend. The competition for merit scholarships is keen. The priority application deadline to be considered for merit fellowships is November 15. After November 15, the program continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. New applicants will continue to be considered for merit awards upon availability of funds.

  • Factors that contribute to selection for merit awards are an outstanding undergraduate academic record, a well-written and engaging personal statement, and most importantly a strong writing sample in one genre. Some workshop experience is also encouraged. Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores. In order to be considered for a merit award, students must submit their completed application by November 15. 
  • Students who receive merit awards have the opportunity to work up to twenty hours a week—for which they are compensated on an hourly basis—as writing consultants at AU’s Writing Center and/or as teaching assistants to professors who are teaching General Education or undergraduate literature survey courses. 
  • Students who receive partial merit awards may opt to be teaching assistants or writing consultants for ten hours a week at the same hourly compensation. 
  • Budget permitting, we also offer a few work-study assistantships for up to ten hours a week—with the same compensation noted above—for students to serve as either teaching assistants or writing consultants. These optional hours of work provide not only further financial assistance but also valuable hands-on experience to students interested in teaching.


Need-Based Financial Aid



  • Students are encouraged to contact the university’s Human Resources Office (202-885-2591) for information about part-time and full-time employment opportunities on-campus.  The university provides eligible faculty and staff members with educational benefits including tuition remission for graduate courses taken at American University. Note: You must have completed four months of active full-time employment before the last day of late registration for any given semester in order to qualify for tuition remission benefits for that semester. The maximum benefit available is eight credits per semester. In addition, your total credits for courses taken under the program may not exceed 20 credits per academic year. For more information, please contact the university’s Human Resources Office.