We have a number of teaching assistantships available for outstanding applicants.  Roughly 60% of our students are awarded TA-ships. Our TAs have a 2-1 teaching load and receive enormous support from our writing program director and staff. TAs teach freshman writing for the first two years; in their final year of study, most TAs will teach a 200-level writing course.

Teaching assistant stipends change from year to year.  For the 2013-2014 year, the first-year stipend is $13,200, with a remission of all non-resident fees. In addition, the department will normally award a Grace V. Nixon Scholarship ($1,000 to $1,500) to TAs, which are renewable throughout the candidate's three-year course of study.

Scholarships and Fellowships

There are a number of scholarships and fellowships available for our MFA students. These include university travel awards, departmental scholarships, MFA fellowships and MFA workshop and writing retreat fellowships.  Please visit our graduate scholarship page for a full accounting of available support.

Estimated costs

Approximately 60% of our students have teaching assistantships, with half of these receiving in-state fee waivers. Please note that these are approximate numbers. Also: these estimates do not take into account additional graduate scholarships and fellowships, some of which will greatly reduce the total cost. 

Student A (TA-ship with in-state fee waiver)

  • TA stipend - $13,200
  • Nixon Scholarship - $1,500
  • Out of station tuition: waived
  • In-state fees – waived
  • Health insurance - $1,500

Student B (TA-ship)

  • TA stipend: $13,200
  • Nixon Scholarship: $1,500
  • Out of state tuition: waived
  • In-state fees: $7,500
  • Health insurance: $1,500

Student C (Idaho resident)

  • Tuition and fees: $7586
  • Health insurance: $1,500

Student D (non-Idaho resident)

  • Tuition and fees: $20,662
  • Health insurance: $1,500


Please visit the College of Graduate Studies for more information on tuition and fees. Please visit the SHIP office for information on student health insurance.