Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NYC Again

Hi Tom,

Thanks so much for all of your hard work on the MFA Handbook. It has been a tremendously helpful resource for me. I especially appreciated your focus on the amount of funding offered by each program that you profiled. This relates to my question. From the Handbook and from my own research, there do not seem to be many MFA programs in New York City that fund their students even moderately well. Do you know of any in Manhattan or Brooklyn which provide their writers with a good (or perhaps even excellent) financial aid package? I can find none. Thanks again.

Baffled in Bethpage

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Bib, look into Hunter. That's the one that people always mention on here. I'm not sure about funding, but affordable is the word people use. I think that Brooklyn is also well worthwhile investigating. Let us know what you turn up, okay?

7 comments:

SE said...

All the CUNY schools have very low tuition, incredibly low when compared to the outrageously high costs at NYU, Columbia, New School, Sarah Lawrence, etc. Of the CUNY schools in addition to Hunter: Brooklyn's program is wonderful, with wonderful faculty. CCNY's looks very good too. And Queens College is starting a new MFA program in fall 2007; fiction facutly include John Weire and Jeffrey Allen, both wonderful novelists, and poetry has Kimiko Hahn and Nicole Cooley. Also in the NYC area, Rutgers-Newark is starting an MFA program in Fall 07, with Jayne Ann Phillips and Tayari Jones as fiction faculty. The Rutgers tuition will be quite low for New Jersey residents but also, I believe, relatively low for others too, compared to NYU etc.

anne479 said...

While NYU is very expensive, it is to my knowledge the only MFA program in New York City that gives large fellowships. Look into their New York Times Foundation fellowship (which involves teaching high school); they also say that 65-85% of their students receive partial or full remission, sometimes including stipends. Other than that, yes, the CUNY schools are a very viable option.

soma said...

As one of the MFA students at City College who receive financial aid, I have to say that the school offers an incredibly affordable program. And which public school can top a faculty that includes Marilyn Hacker, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elaine Equi, et al?

Gercel said...

As one of the MFA students at City College who receive financial aid, I have to say that the school offers an incredibly affordable program. And which public school can top a faculty that includes Marilyn Hacker, Wayne Koestenbaum, Elaine Equi, et al? et al?

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