Literary Arts

Financial Information

Over the last two decades, all incoming MFA students received full funding.

Packages for Literary Arts students generally take the following form. Stipends are paid monthly, in equal installments.

In the first year, all graduate students receive a fellowship; in addition to providing tuition remission, the health fee, and health insurance, Brown will also pay a monthly stipend. Fellowships do not require employment or teaching. The stipend for the 2023-2024 academic year is projected at no less than $31,809 (roughly $3,000 per month for nine months).

Between the first and second academic year, students in good standing receive a summer stipend of $4,712 (roughly $1,500 per month for three months).

In the second year, all graduate students in good standing who are qualified will be awarded teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants teach one undergraduate writing workshop per semester, and receive a full stipend, tuition remission, health fee, and health insurance. The stipend for the 2023-2024 academic year is projected to be no less than $31,809 (roughly $3,000 per month for nine months).


ALL U.S. applicants must complete a FAFSA in order to receive departmental funding, whether or not you plan to take out a supplementary student loan. You should file your FAFSA during the months of November, December or January*. Please list Brown University's graduate Federal School code of E00058.

*The government rolled out a new FAFSA form in late 2023; candidates have reported difficulties gaining access to and negotiating the form. Brown recognizes the situation and will monitor the progress made on the site. For now, we ask that you make a reasonable effort to complete the process by the end of January – but if the process remains challenged, late arriving FAFSA submissions will be accepted during the 2023-24 application window.

Additional Funds

U.S. students who wish to supplement their stipends with additional funds may apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan. To research loan borrowing options and other financing alternatives, including an Installment Payment plan, go to the Financing & Support page on the Graduate School website. 

International Students

While not eligible for federally-supported student loans or federally-supported work study positions, international students are eligible for the same financial aid package as offered to all other students -- tuition scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, summer stipends, health fee coverage and health insurance.

Application Fee Waivers

Some applicants may wish to seek a waiver of the application fee; in order to do so, you must submit a completed application no later than 30 November – two weeks in advance of the program’s application deadline. Please choose the “Request a fee waiver” option as your method of payment when submitting the application.

For more information on waivers see Application Fee Waiver on the Graduate School website.