Financial Support and Housing
The Department of English is committed to providing three full years of financial support to all domestic students in the MFA Programs in Writing. Students are supported equally in order to foster an atmosphere of community rather than competition.
Financial support for MFA students is given in the form of Teaching Assistantships (also referred to as Tuition Fellowships for out-of-state students). Teaching Assistantships provide full tuition coverage as well as University health insurance (medical, dental, and vision). MFA students on TA-ship are also assigned to teach one undergraduate composition or creative writing course per quarter (three courses per academic year). MFA students receive academic credit as well as a nine-month salary for teaching. For 2016-2017, students will earn an estimated $20,050.00 for the academic year. Annual renewal of a TA-ship is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and teaching performance. Out-of-state students admitted into the program are required to file for California residency by the end their first year in order to continue receiving financial support.
As a state funded institution, there is very limited financial support available for international students. Unfortunately, full financial support is rarely possible. International students admitted into the Programs in Writing are responsible for paying the Nonresident Tuition and fees in addition to housing and the cost of living.
UCI offers six graduate housing communities: Palo Verde, Verano Place, Vista Del Campo, Vista Del Campo Norte, Pureta Del Sol, and Campus Village. Rates and amenities vary in each community. For more information please visit UCI Student Housing website or call (949) 824-6811. Campus housing costs are not covered by the Teaching Assistantship financial package.