The 2019-2020 tuition rates for the MFA program are $530 per credit hour or $6,360 per semester, well below the national average for low-residency MFA programs.
Upon acceptance, a $400 deposit is required to hold the student’s place in the program. This deposit is non-refundable and is applied to tuition. There is also an access fee of $80 for Fall and Spring terms (each term) and $50 for Jan and Summer terms (each term).
Full payment of tuition and registration fees are due two weeks before the beginning of each residency (early May for the Summer Residency and Fall Mentoring Semester and early December for the January Residency and Winter/Spring Mentoring Semester) and may be paid online before arrival at the residency. Tuition is nonrefundable after the tuition payment deadline.
The MFA program works with Residential Life to provide affordable on-campus room & board during the summer residency session when available, and with local hotels to provide housing during the January residency session. Rates vary from year to year, but estimated costs are approximately $1200 to $1500 annually for room and board.
The Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing and the Department of English at Converse College are authorized by the administration to fill two to three Graduate Teaching Assistantships each year for second-year MFA students who have successfully completed at least 24 graduate hours in the MFA program at the time of the appointment. The MFA program provides “Quarter-time” appointments that offer an adjunct course stipend and involve teaching only one course per semester. Teaching opportunities exist for both traditional classroom courses and online courses; therefore, students do not need to relocate to the area to be considered for a TA position. The course stipend for graduate teaching is $1500 per course.
The Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the MFA program serves three purposes: it provides financial support for graduate students, allowing them to pursue their studies; it provides teaching experience for graduate students, under supervision of a full-time Converse faculty member; and, finally, it provides a service for the College and Department of English. Appointments to Graduate Teaching Assistantships are made by the Chair of the English Department upon the recommendation of the Director of Creative Writing. Prior to appointment the student must be admitted to the graduate MFA program as a bona fide candidate for degree, and must have completed at least 24 hours of graduate credit in the MFA program.
The Curtis Publishing Fellowship is a collaborative venture between Converse College’s MFA program and the Award-winning Hub City Writers Project Press. The fellowship provides the opportunity for MFA students to intern with Hub City Press in all areas of publishing and editing, including manuscript review, manuscript selection, and marketing, and includes a scholarship of $500 for the recipient’s work. Fourth semester and graduating residency semester students in the Converse MFA program are eligible to apply.
A limited number of partial work scholarships are available for qualified first and second-year MFA students (dependent on annual budget approval). Students receiving these scholarships may perform office duties or residence hall duties during residency sessions. Approved work scholarships are open to applications from all MFA students. When available, scholarships range in amounts from $500-$750.
Writing Center Assistantship
In addition, MFA students living in the Spartanburg/Greenville area may apply for an annual assistantship working in the Converse College Writing Center. The Writing Center position is open to student applicants from all Converse graduate programs, and provides a tuition waiver for up to 4 credit hours.
Contact the MFA director for additional information about scholarships and assistantships.
Many students choose student loan funds to assist with their educational costs in the MFA program. You do not have to demonstrate “financial need” to secure a Federal Stafford Loan, but you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA opens for applications on October 1. For more information on how to apply for subsidized and non-subsidized student loans, contact the Office of Financial Planning.