MFA in Creative Writing

Admissions & Aid

Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help you every step of the way. 

Our team will be glad to answer your questions and walk you through the application and financial aid process. If you’re not sure if the program is right for you, contact the program director, check out our FAQ, or download Your MFA Decision Journal to help you better understand your motivations and goals. 

Application Requirements

  • College transcripts for each college or university attended
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • A creative writing sample.
    • Length: A maximum of 25 pages for fiction or creative nonfiction, a maximum of 10 pages for poetry (no more than one poem per page).
  • Personal essay (3-4 pages)
    In this essay please address the following:
    1. Discuss your specific interest in the Alma College MFA and your preparation for pursuing a formal study of creative writing
    2. Your strengths and weaknesses as a writer
    3. Goals for your two years in the program
    4. Additional experience including what you can bring to our artistic community
  • Literature essay (3-4 pages).
    In this essay please discuss the books and writers that have influenced you.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

There is no application fee. 

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Residency - May 1, 2021
  • Winter Residency - November 1, 2021

You will receive an admission decision in two weeks. 

Academic Calendar

2021-22

Summer Residency
June 17-27

Mentored Studies Term
July-November

End of Term. Final Grades Due: December 7, 2021

Winter Residency
December 27, 2021-January 6, 2022

Mentored Studies Term
January-May

End of Term. Final Grades Due: June 7, 2021                                                              
2022-23

Summer Residency
June 16-26

Mentored Studies Term
July-November

End of Term. Final Grades Due: December 6, 2022

Winter Residency
December 27, 2022-January 6, 2023                                                                                       

Oxford Residency (optional)
January (Exact Dates TBD)

Mentored Studies Term
January-May

End of Term. Final Grades Due: June 6, 2023

Summer Residency
June 15-25 (Graduating Residency for first cohort.)

Tuition & Fees 

The tuition for each six-month term is $9,000. An annual fee of $2,500 covers housing and meals on the Alma campus and at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center. The graduating residency fee is $800. Additional expenses include books and travel to and from Michigan twice a year or, optionally, to Oxford, England once.

2021-22 Tuition & Fees Per Term (two terms per year)

Tuition - $9000.00 

Housing & Meals - $1000.00

Single Room Fee (Winter Only) - $200.00 

Enrollment Deposit - $500.00

Late Notice of Leave of Absence - $525.00

Graduating Residency Fee - $975.00

One-Month Extension Fee - $2576.00                                                                                   

Tuition Policy

All applicable fees and charges are payable in advance of enrollment. Tuition is due on a term basis. Each term begins with residency so tuition is due before the first day of each new residency. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.All MFA students will be billed for the term (tuition; room and board for students staying on campus; the single-room fee for students who request a single room, if available), with the exception of graduating students who are charged room and board (if staying on campus) and the graduation residency fee.

Enrollment Deposit Fee

New students are required to pay an enrollment deposit fee at registration. The deposit is applied to the matriculated student’s first term of tuition and fees, less a $100 administration fee.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policy

The withdrawal must be in writing and should be sent directly to the Director’s office and the Registrar’s office. The date of withdrawal is the earlier of:

  • The date the student notifies the college; or

  • The ending date of the previous term if the student fails to register for a new term.

A student who fails to notify Alma College of withdrawal from the program is obligated for all tuition assessed for the complete term. Students who withdraw prior to the end of the semester should refer to the student handbook for information about appropriate tuition refunds. The amount of the refund, if applicable, will be determined by the effective date of the withdrawal and the balance of the student account, after financial aid adjustments, as of the withdrawal date. Financial aid adjustments are based on federal guidelines.Tuition is partially reversed or refunded when students withdraw completely from the program. The amount of the refund, if applicable, will be determined by the effective date of the withdrawal.

Complete policies of registration and tuition can be found in the Student Handbook.

Financial Aid

Our students take advantage of the program’s low residency format to continue with their current employment and finance their education from their own resources. Students are encouraged to complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)