Graduate Program: Financial Aid and Teaching Opportunities


DoVA offers merit-based fellowships to qualified MFA students. Under the current funding structure, all MFAs (including international students) receive a half-tuition fellowship in the first year of the program, and provided that they are progressing well in the program, a full tuition fellowship in the second year. MFA students also pay applicable fees (see the Costs section below for more information). The funding structure is subject to change. Admitted students will receive detailed funding information in their offer of admission. 

Teaching Assistantships

To accommodate students' interests in teaching, the university offers paid teaching assistantships in most Visual Arts courses. Teaching assistantships are assigned for the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring) during the preceding summer quarter.  Under the current funding structure, students receive three TA positions in their first year and three TA positions in their second year. These positions pay $3000 per class, for a total of $9000 each year.The current funding structure is subject to change; students receive official notice of their TA assignments in the summer before each academic year they're in residence. MFA students are also encouraged to apply for assistantships in other departments across the university.

Visual Arts Teaching Fellowship

In their last quarter of residence, students are invited to apply for a Visual Arts Teaching Fellowship, which offers the opportunity to teach four courses in the department in the year following graduation.

Student Loans

Students may apply for loans through the Student Loan Administration. The loan application is separate from the application for admission. International students should also consult the Office of International Affairs for tips on applying for loans.

Tuition, Fees, and Other Costs

Total tuition for a full-time MFA student in the 2018-2019 school year is $57,996. With DoVA's current fellowship package, all qualified MFA students would pay $28,998 in the first-year of enrollment, and no tuition in the second year.

For information about fees and approximate costs of attendance, please visit the Student Loan Administration's website

Graduate Program Guide