Financial Information for MFA in Writing

MFA Writing
College of Motion Picture Arts

Residents of FL,



Non-US Citizens

First Year - 3 semesters
31 credit hours


($479.32 per hour)


($1,110.72 per hour)

Second Year - 3 semesters
30 credit hours


($479.32 per hour)


($1,110.72 per hour)

Equipment Loss & Damage Fee
($250 per semester)
$1,500.00 $1,500.00
TOTAL Cost of Program $30,738.52 $69,253.92

NOTE: The essential costs of student productions, including equipment, are included in the above tuition rates. Rates are based on matriculation and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year. Writing students will pay additional fees to study in London during an intensive writing experience in the first year, spring semester. The additional fees cover housing, health insurance, international student i.d. card and social and cultural excursions; they do not cover the cost of airfare, passport, food, and personal travel/activity/spending money.

* Listed states are members of the Academic Common Market. You must apply for in-state tuition before the start of classes in order to receive in-state tuition through the Academic Common Market. Visit the Southern Regional Education Board for details.

Out-of-state students should also visit the Florida residency website for FSU to determine if they may qualify for Florida residency in any other way. Visit the FSU Florida Residency page for details.

Above costs do not include the cost of food, housing and transportation. A one-bedroom apartment in Leon County costs approximately $560 per month, and a two-bedroom approximately $687.

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Motion Picture Arts awards a limited number of graduate assistantships each year. The award includes a stipend of approximately $1,400 per semester paid in bi-weekly increments and tuition waivers for nine credit hours. Graduate assistants may be assigned teaching or other classroom duties.

Consideration for an assistantship is based on experience and the financial need of the student. To apply for an assistantship, please upload the one-page document requested as part of the on-line graduate application.

For information on other funding and awards offered through Florida State University, please visit The FSU Graduate School Office of Funding and Awards.

Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides information and advising for graduate students in search of need-based financial aid. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure that they are eligible for the widest range of assistance.