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. 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. Beyond these paid assistantships, graduate students may seek the consent of an instructor to assist in any undergraduate class for additional teaching experience.  MFA students are also encouraged to apply for assistantships in other departments across the university.

Other Teaching Opportunities

In their last quarter of residence, students are invited to apply for a Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship, which offers the opportunity to teach a compensated Visual Language course under the mentorship of a faculty member.

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

For the most up-to-date tuition information, please visit the Bursar's website.  Scroll down to Humanities Division, and "MA and MFA 3 Courses" to find the cost of tuition by quarter.  MFA students in Visual Arts take three courses per quarter, three quarters per year.  

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

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