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Tuition and Fees



Our degree is a full-time program located on the Guelph-Humber campus. According to these specifications, tuition for the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA is broken down on the main University website by cohort (year of entry). 

For an approximate indication of current fees, by semester, see the following:


2023-24 Graduate Student Tuition Fees: Canadian

2023-24 Graduate Student Tuition Fees: International

**Note that tuition is offset by $1333.33 each semester of study for every enrolled MFA student (in the form of the Constance Rooke Scholarship); any other scholarships are added to this.**

Fees + Payments

A Note from the University of Guelph's Student Finance Services department—

**Please note that online payments will take three business days to reach our office. Please verify on your WebAdvisor (after 72 business hrs) to ensure payment has been received and keep a copy of your transaction record. We honour the date the transaction was successfully made with your bank.**

Billing and payment are done on a semester basis rather than annually. In an effort to spread out the financial burden, payments are required at the start of each semester instead of the student having to pay the entire amount all at once at the beginning of the school year.

Tuition and fees are calculated based on the selection of academic program, course load, cohort year, citizenship, room and meal plan selection and parking if required. These fees (tuition & fees, registration deposit, meal plan and residence fees - excluding the residence deposit) are due by the deadline date posted. Students' accounts may be viewed through WebAdvisor. The University does not issue printed bills or statements.

For more information, please visit:
Link: Student Finance

Authorization of Settlement

A Note to Current and Incoming Creative Writing MFA students—

Tuition and fees must be paid to the University of Guelph before the *start* of every new semester. As well, each student must complete an "Authorization of Settlement" via WebAdvisor before the *start* of every new semester. 

For those writers who have been admitted to the program, please note that your *base* funding is as follows—

All Creative Writing MFA students are granted a $8,000 Constance Rooke Scholarship when they are admitted to the program. No application is required for this award as it is granted to all students who attend the CW MFA program. 

This award is allocated over two years of study (the duration of the program is two years and the program does not admit part-time students). This particular award is provided to the student in the following manner — $4,000 in year one of study and $4,000 in year two of study (at the start of every semester, $1333.33 is granted to the student: 3 x $1333.33 (Fall, Winter, Summer) = $4,000 per year). This semesterly allocation of $1333.33 is set against the student's tuition, which obviously reduces the overall cost of the course of study. 

The University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA department holds many performance-based internal and external additional awards that are provided to its students based on performance. Please contact Libby Johnstone (  should you have any additional questions about program cost and funding.

Financial Aid

handsFor all those who are applying to the University of Guelph's Creative Writing MFA program, please note that this program is eligible for both SSHRC and OGS student funding. Please see the following sites for more information with regard to applying for these awards. 

Link: Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
Link: SSHRC Master's Scholarships

Also, for those students who are admitted to the CW MFA program and who wish to apply for these awards for their second year of study, the program holds an application information session in the early fall of every year.

Link to additional information on Internal Funding and Awards