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              Tuition, Aid, & Scholarships

Tuition & Fees

M.F.A. students at Randolph are charged $598.67 per credit hour.

Semester Tuition (15 credits):        $8,980

 Student Fees:          $350

Residency Fee*:          $285

One Semester Total:       $9,615  

*Residency fees cover breakfast, lunch, and some activities.

   Two-Year Program Total**:     $39,235

**Numbers are based on the 2022-23 academic year tuition and fees and include the fifth residency fee of $775 (the graduation residency fee). For housing options, see below.  

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Scholarships & Grants

The Randolph College M.F.A. program is committed to supporting our students by developing grants and scholarships. Our awards are given based on a combination of merit and need, and with awareness that it is good for our community to maintain an aesthetically and socially diverse community of literary artists.  


The Nancy Craig Blackburn '71 Fellowships and Scholarships Program honors the life, legacy, and family of Nancy Craig Blackburn, a 1971 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Nancy Blackburn, the embodiment of sweetness and love, was a wife, mother, friend, gardener, avid reader, artist, humorist, and hostess - a tremendous generous spirit. Those whose lives she touched will carry her memory with them always. This appreciation now continues and grows as The Blackburn Fellowships and Scholarships are awarded to select MFA students in each new cohort, allowing the Randolph College MFA to serve writers who our world needs to read.


At this time, a few other small grants are available. All new MFA applicants who complete their FAFSA paperwork will be considered for fellowships and scholarships.

If you have additional questions, contact Christopher Gaumer, M.F.A. assistant director.

Financial Aid

We provide a comprehensive program of financial assistance.

When applicants are admitted to the program and have completed their financial aid forms, the financial aid office reviews each student's financial aid application and determines the assistance available.

The most common form of assistance available to graduate students is the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, from which qualifying students may borrow amounts covering the full cost of tuition, fees, and approved housing.

The FAFSA form, available at, is the first step in applying for federal aid.

The Randolph College federal code number is 003734.

To be considered for any grants or scholarships that are provided by the M.F.A. program, students must complete the FAFSA form.

Variable Expenses

Residency Housing 

Students may qualify to use financial aid to pay for housing organized by the college.

Housing organized by the college is optional for the summer residency and required for the off-campus, winter residency.

 2022 Summer Housing (on campus):        $225

 2022 Winter Housing (off campus):        **$995

**This number is an estimate of the cost of winter housing. The exact cost will be provided the month following summer residency. 

Additional Expenses

Travel to and from Virginia for residency sessions.

12-20 books each semester.

Pay Enrollment Deposit

(Admitted MFA Students Only):

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