Wilkes University

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We know that continuing your education is a financial commitment, and a creative writing degree is often one that is pursued for your own advancement.

Many of our students are writers who want to learn all they can about the craft, art, business and life of a writer. That means you may be paying for a degree from your own savings and loans.


Tuition is $750 per credit plus applicable fees for the MA degree; $675 per credit plus fees for the MFA.

Semester Fees

  • University Fee - $84 per credit hour
  • Housing and meal costs during residency varies between June and January residences ($200-$275)

One-Time Fees

  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Graduation Fee - $170 (Charged to graduating students in their last semester)

Upon acceptance, each student must pay a $300 non-refundable deposit to hold their seat in their selected residency.

Wilkes offers a variety of scholarships to Creative Writing students. The following scholarships are gifts to the program from generous, supportive donors. The scholarship awardees will receive between $1000 and $5000 off their tuition.

The Beverly Hiscox Scholarship is awarded annually to a non-traditional student who is returning to school while supporting a family. The award is based upon need and demonstrated writing talent. It is given in honor of Beverly Hiscox, a Wilkes University Board of Trustees member and long-time supporter of our program. Awarded annually, faculty members nominate students who are already in the Creative Writing program.

The Norris Church Mailer Scholarship is awarded annually to a student with demonstrated talent, need and a commitment to serving the writing community. Created by Norman Mailer, it is given in honor of Norris Church Mailer, a writer and board member in her own right. Awarded annually, faculty members nominate students who are already in the program.

The Jennifer Diskin Scholarship is awarded annually to a student with demonstrated need and talent and a commitment to studying poetry. Funded by her family, it is given in honor of alumna Jennifer Diskin, who passed away after a brave struggle with cancer. Faculty members nominate deserving students who are already in the program.

The Bergman Family Foundation Award is awarded annually to students who demonstrate great need and ability. Students may nominate themselves for this award.

The Faculty and Alumni Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more incoming students at the M.A. level of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing based on financial need and a writing sample submitted as part of the application materials. The scholarship recipient(s) will be determined by a three-member faculty committee who will recommend the student(s) to the program director. This scholarship was funded through tax-deductible gifts from faculty and alumni.

Financial Aid
Please visit the graduate Financial Aid
area of our site to learn about assistance programs available at Wilkes.

Graduate Assistantships


Wilkes is one of the few low-residency programs to offer graduate assistantships. Entering and continuing students can apply each term for a partial or full assistantship.  There are six to ten assistantships available each semester, with publishers, various university departments (such as Marketing and Communication Studies), and the Creative Writing Office. Assistantships include tuition remission for three to nine credits per term and are potentially renewable at the end of each term.

Interested students should see the University-wide list of available assistantships. keeping in mind that the full listing doesn't appear until the period between semesters. 

In addition, small ($500-$1000) stipends are also available to our students, but not guaranteed annually.

The deadline for applying for G.A. positions is:

  • December 1 for January entry
  • May 1 for June entry