The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) awards generous financial aid packages to MFA students in Creative Writing and Playwriting. Newly admitted MFA students to these two programs will receive a full tuition scholarship, coverage for the basic student health insurance plan, and stipend support which may be a combination of a non-service stipend and/or teaching fellowship, depending on the program of admission. Review detailed information about the fellowship awards and the policies and privileges associated with each fellowship by clicking any of the dropdown menus below.
The department of World Languages & Literature offers merit scholarships to our MFA in Literary Translation applicants based upon the strength of each applicant’s credentials. All admitted domestic and international applicants are considered for scholarship of up to 50% of full-time tuition and will be notified of the scholarship offer in the admission letter.
Non-service stipends permit for exceptional students to focus primarily on their degree coursework with no departmental teaching responsibilities. Students awarded non-service fellowships are required to enroll in a full load of academic courses as determined by their program or department.
|Stipend Amount||Amounts vary|
|Payment Period||Fall: September-December
|Payment Structure||Stipend is paid on the 4th Friday of each month in the semester|
|Taxes||The portion of financial aid that exceeds the expense of tuition, books, and fees maybe subject to income tax. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, this stipend is not subject to tax withholding by the University; however, it is your responsibility to report it accurately to the IRS and make payments on the taxable portion of your award. For international students, you will be required to apply for a Social Security Number and your stipend will have a taxation rate of 14% unless you are claiming exempt under a tax treaty.|
|Medical Insurance||The University will provide for the cost of your participation in the University’s basic student medical insurance plan ($3,054). You may opt to enroll in the PLUS plan; however, the difference in cost between the two plans will be your responsibility to pay (for AY 2021/2022, the cost difference is $1,036).|
A Teaching Fellowship provides both a stipend and full scholarship and an opportunity for graduate students to gain classroom experience under the close supervision of the faculty members who have the formal responsibility for the courses to which the teaching fellows are assigned. Your obligation in this fellowship would include instructional duties assigned by your department and for some programs, participation in a specific course in the pedagogy of your discipline. Instructional and other duties total approximately 20 hours per week. Fellows may register for no more 18 credits per semester.
The scholarship will be credited directly to your student account and covers tuition costs only for courses needed to fulfill degree requirements plus mandatory fees (Student Services Fee and the Health & Wellness Fee). There is no service required in return for the scholarship portion of this fellowship.
|Stipend Amount||$12,260.50/semester (effective Sept 1, 2021)|
|Payment Period||Fall: September-December (17 weeks); Spring: January-April (17 weeks)|
|Payment Structure||Stipend/salary is paid weekly on Fridays|
|Taxes||The portion of financial aid that exceeds the expense of tuition, books, and fees is subject to income tax. This stipend is subject to tax withholding by the University who is required to report the stipend portion of the award as income to the federal government.|
|Medical Insurance||The University will provide for the cost of your participation in the University’s basic student medical insurance plan($3,054). You may opt to enroll in the PLUS plan; however, the difference in cost between the two plans will be your responsibility to pay (for AY 2021/2022, the cost difference is $1,036).|
Cost of Attendance
For a breakdown of the tuition and fees for an academic year at Boston University as a student in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as well as an estimated cost of attendance, please check the GRS Financial Aid page.
As part of your fellowship award, the University will cover your individual participation in the Boston University Basic Student Health Insurance Plan (cost is $3,054). Students who opt to purchase the Boston University Student PLUS Plan will be responsible for payment of the additional premium amount of $1,036 by the Fall payment deadline. Please refer to Student Health Services for more information. The University will not cover any medical insurance costs for dependents. Family coverage is available at an additional cost to the student.
Students who are required to have medical insurance are automatically enrolled in the Boston University Basic Student Health Insurance Plan.
Who is required to have medical insurance?
Under the laws of Massachusetts, the following students are required to participate in a qualifying medical insurance plan:
- Students certified as full-time
- Students who are registered for 75% or more of a full-time course load (nine or more credit hours for most schools)
- International students (students who are not U.S. citizens and who do not have approved refugee or permanent resident status)
If a student wishes to waive the insurance, a medical insurance waiver form must be submitted. For more information about insurance coverage and deadlines for enrollment/waivers, please consult Student Health Services.
Students have the option to purchase Dental Care through the University, which is not included in the fellowship award.
During the period of the fellowship, you may not be employed outside the university nor be otherwise employed within Boston University. If you have been or are awarded any fellowship or other financial support for your studies from outside Boston University, you must inform the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Fellowships will continue for the duration of the five-year commitment if the student is making satisfactory academic progress each year, confirmed by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
The GRS minimum standard for Satisfactory Academic Progress is:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have no more than 2 failing grades (lower than B- or an incomplete grade older than 12 months) and/or W grades
- Pass all milestones of degree, such as comprehensive exams, qualifying exams and dissertation prospectus, on the schedule specified by the program
- Pass all milestones on the degree with sufficient quality of work as specified by the program
- Satisfactorily fulfill their service fellowship obligations as specified by the program