Creative Writing Masters Requirements | The New School in New York City

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships

  • A variety of forms of financial assistance are available from the Creative Writing Program for qualified students. It is not necessary to have an admission decision to begin the financial aid process. The Office of Student Financial Services can answer questions about applying for financial aid, figuring the overall cost of attendance, and billing and payment options.

    New School Scholarships (offered on the basis of merit)

    All graduate students in the Creative Writing Program who indicate on the application their interest in these awards will be considered for a competitive tuition scholarship. Awards are based on the strength of the application and the contributions the admissions committee believe the applicant can make to the Creative Writing Program community. No additional application components are required. Scholarships cover a percentage of tuition from 15 percent to 50 percent. A substantial proportion of our accepted students are offered merit scholarships.

    Teaching Assistantships and Opportunities

    Students admitted to the MFA in Creative Writing Program have the opportunity to apply for several university and community-based teaching opportunities in their second year. The New School offers all graduate students the opportunity to apply for teaching assistantships through its Graduate Student Teaching Program. These teaching assistant positions are available in the fall and spring semesters and overseen by the Provost's Office. For 2017, the hourly rate for Teaching Assistants is $29.77, or $4,465.50 per semester.

    Teaching fellowships are also available exclusively to MFA in Creative Writing students through the WriteOn NYC Program. Under the direction of Professor Helen Schulman, WriteOn NYC Teaching Fellows lead creative writing workshops for fourth through eighth grade students at The George Jackson Academy in Manhattan. For 2017, the pay rate is $3,500 per semester.

    The New School and Teachers and Writers Collaborative (TandW) provide up to six TandW associate opportunities for Creative Writing MFA candidates each year. Four students are selected for TandW education associate positions and two students are selected as TandW editorial associates. TandW associates receive a stipend of $3,000.

    Additional teaching opportunities may be available at Parsons School of Design and the Teachers and Writers Collaborative.

    All MFA in Creative Writing students are encouraged to register for the one-credit Teaching of Writing Seminar. Designed specifically for MFA students, the seminar focuses on teaching the creative writing workshop to a wide variety of populations, including undergraduate and adult students, K-12 students, and retired professionals, with specific training for working with incarcerated students and those in rehabilitation centers. The seminar is designed to prepare beginning teachers to enter the field, and for experienced teachers who wish to expand their skill set.

    Research and Program Assistantships

    Each year, the MFA in Creative Writing is able to offer a limited number of research assistantships and program assistantships to MFA in Creative Writing students. These assistantships are announced each spring for the following academic year.

    Through the New York Women's Foundation IGNITE! Initiative, two fellowships per year are awarded to second-year students. Fellows receive $7,500 to act as in-house journalists for the New York Women's Foundation, spending 10 hours a week for 12 weeks of reporting and writing on the foundation's activities in their office in Manhattan and visiting and reporting on their grantee partners around the city.

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