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 $724 per credit plus applicable fees.

Semester Fees

  • University Fee - $72 per credit hour
  • Online Fee - $20 per term
  • Housing and meal costs during residency varies between June and January residences

One-Time Fees

  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Reader Fee for Thesis - $300
  • Graduation Fee - $170 (Charged to graduating students in their last semester)

Upon acceptance, each student must pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to hold their seat in their selected residency.

Wilkes offers a variety of scholarships to Creative Writing students and is actively soliciting more. The following scholarships are likewise gifts to the program from generous, supportive donors:

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. It is given in honor of alumna Jennifer Diskin who passed away after a brave struggle with cancer. Started by her family, poetry faculty members nominate students who are already in the program.

The Bergman Family Foundation Award is awarded annually to two students who demonstrate great need and ability. Students may nominate themselves for this award by writing a letter to the Bergman family when called for by the program director.

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 started to offer a scholarship opportunity to students who are new to the program and 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

Graduate Assistant Application

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. Assistantships include tuition remission for three to nine credits per term (January to June or June to January) and are renewable at the end of each term. Assistantship responsibilities vary with the talent and expertise of each student.  Some work on special projects with the program director, others work with SenArt films, Etruscan Press or any of our off-campus program partners.

Interested students should see the University wide list of available assistantships. The Wilkes University Office of Marketing Communications regularly offers full assistantships, many of which have been awarded to Creative Writing students. Our Athletic division also offers assistantships to assistant coaches.

Tuition remission does not include payment of university/program fees, housing or food during the residency, or graduation fees. Some small stipends are available, but not guaranteed annually.

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

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