Cost of Attendance - Arts

Student Financial Planning is pleased to provide the following financial aid information to graduate students in the School of the Arts. Our office in 202 Kent Hall is the central contact for counseling Arts students on financial aid.

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Important: Students in the School of the Arts must meet Graduate Student Eligibility Requirements for financial aid.

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AnchorCost of Attendance

The cost of attendance, also known as the "budget" or "COA", represents the student's maximum financial aid eligibility. The budget is determined by the school and consists of tuition and fees plus estimated living expenses.

In determining the budget, the school applies a conservative estimate of living expenses to all students. We recognize, however, that actual living expenses vary from person to person. If the student faces higher actual costs or has extenuating circumstances that warrant a higher cost of attendance, the student may request a budget increase (2015-16).

 

Anchor2015-16 MFA First & Second Year Full Residency Students - 12 to 18 Credits

(Based on a nine-month academic year) 
ItemCost
Tuition$55,356
Books$2,670
Fees**$4,861
Commute$1,584
Personal$4,230
Living$18,765
Origination$218
TOTAL$87,684
**Includes health insurance costs, resource fees, University facilities fee and student activity fee  

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Anchor2015-16 MFA Research Arts Students*

(Based on a nine-month academic year) 
ItemCost
Tuition$4,620
Books$2,670
Fees**$4,861
Commute$1,584
Personal$4,230
Living$18,765
Origination$218
TOTAL$36,948

* Cost does not include associated program fees listed below:
$4,750 Thesis Fee for M.F.A. Research, 3rd, 4th and 5th year Film Division
$5,000 Thesis Fee for M.F.A. Research, beyond 5th year Film Divison
$5,000 Thesis Fee for M.F.A. Research, Theatre Division, annual
$3,000 Thesis Fee for M.F.A. Research, optional course, Writing Division

** Includes health insurance costs, career services fee, university facilities fee, and student activity fee. Additional fees may apply.

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Anchor2015-16 MA First Year Residency Students

(Based on a nine-month academic year) 
ItemCost
Tuition$49,300
Books$2,670
Fees**$4,861
Commute$1,584
Personal$4,230
Living$18,765
Origination$218
TOTAL$81,628

**Includes health insurance costs, resource fees, University facilities fee and student activity fee 

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Anchor2015-16 MA Extended Residency Students

(Based on a four-month academic year) 
ItemCost
Tuition$9,378
Books$1,335
Fees**$2,196
Commute$704
Personal$1,880
Living$8,340
Origination$109
TOTAL$23,942
**Includes health insurance costs, resource fees, University facilities fee and student activity fee  

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AnchorTypes of Aid

AnchorStudent Loans

AnchorPerkins Loans (Federal Loans)

General information regarding Federal Perkins Loans can be found in the section of the SFS website on Graduate Financial Aid.

Aside from the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Planning requires the following documents:

  • Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN): All new students and/or first time borrowers must complete a Perkins Master Promissory Note. The Perkins MPN can be completed online through Student Services Online (SSOL), printed, and submitted to Student Financial Planning.
  • Entrance Interview: All new students and/or first time borrowers are required to complete the Entrance Interview before funds are disbursed to their university student account. The Entrance Interview can be completed online through Student Services Online (SSOL).
  • Exit Interview: Students who are graduating or cease to be registered for at least six credits must complete the Exit interview. The Exit Interview can be completed online through Student Services Online (SSOL).

AnchorFederal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

General information regarding Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans can be found in the University's Graduate Financial Aid site.

Note: *Students who are in the 6th, 7th or 8th year of the Film program, must also obtain approval from Dave Beeman at the Graduate School of Arts prior to being awarded federal loans.

Aside from the FAFSA, the Office of Student Financial Planning requires the following documents:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN): All new students and/or first time borrowers must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Entrance Interview: All new students and/or first time borrowers are required to complete the Entrance Interview before funds are disbursed to their University student account. The Entrance Interview can be completed at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Exit Interview: Students who are graduating or cease to be registered for at least six credits must complete the Exit interview. The Exit Interview can be completed online through www.studentloans.gov

AnchorFederal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

 

AnchorAlternative Loan Programs (Additional Educational Loans)

Private Loans

AnchorScholarships and Grants

AnchorInstitutional Aid

Institutional aid is awarded and administered by the Graduate School of Arts.

AnchorOutside Scholarship and Grants

A search for outside scholarship money is more time-consuming but the rewards may well be worth the effort.

The School of Arts has compiled the Artist's Resource Center, a guide to outside scholarships and grants.

Students must notify our office if receiving funds from any outside sources.

If a student receives a scholarship from an outside organization, the Office of Student Financial Planning first applies the amount against the student's unmet need, then toward self-help awards (by reducing private loans or work-study), and finally by reducing federal aid (affecting federal loans first) so that total financial aid (including the outside scholarship) does not exceed the cost of attendance.