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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Master's Students (2018-2019)
Tuition (per unit) $959
University Services Fee $161
Graduate Extension $46/unit

**All tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.**

See the full list of Tuition & Fees for additional university fees that apply to graduate students.

MFA Creative Writing Scholarship Opportunities 

Mount Saint Mary's University is pleased to announce the availability of the following scholarship and financial aid opportunities:

Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative 

The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI) supports the young men and women returning in record numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan, whose abilities and experience make them ideal college student candidates. Recognizing that public colleges and universities are not the perfect fit for all students and that the transition from military life to student life can have its challenges, the AVSI is designed to provide returning veterans the support needed to attend and ultimately graduate from private institutions of higher learning.

Graduate Merit Scholarships 

The Creative Writing program at Mount Saint Mary's University offers departmental scholarships. These Scholarships are merit-based and competitive, and are awarded to new students at time of admissions. The faculty admission committee automatically considers all applicants for a scholarship opportunity. The amount of a scholarship varies depending on the promise and merit of a student’s application.

The Transitions Scholarship 

Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) is pleased to offer new Fall 2018 applicants the Title V Graduate Transitions Scholarship, supported by a five year grant from the US Department of Education Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program. This Program is marked by its commitment to supporting the needs of Hispanic American students and/or students with financial need who are entering into graduate level academic study. As part of this Title V Post-baccalaureate Transitions Program, approximately fifteen (15) Graduate Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to selected new students entering in Fall 2018 in one of the Mount's Graduate Degree Programs for study during the 2018-2019 academic year. These Graduate Scholarships will be granted as tuition credit installments over three semesters (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019,) and are non-renewable.

To apply, visit The Transitions Scholarship page.

Priority deadline is July 1st, 2018. Scholarship applications will not be considered unless an applicant has been admitted for graduate study, and FAFSA applications are submitted. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Archdioceses Tuition Reduction Program 

A tuition discount of an amount specified by the University each year may be awarded to those graduate students who fulfill one of the following requirements:

Members of Catholic religious communities, Catholic diocesan priests and Catholic deacons in good standing, upon verification from appropriate religious authority.

Laypersons enrolled in graduate programs who are full-time (40 hours per week) employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or parish as listed in the current diocesan directory or in "The Official Catholic Directory"; (P.J. Kennedy & Sons, pub.), upon written verification of employment. This employment must be the major source of income for the student.

Laypersons who are chaplains in hospitals or prisons and who are full-time employees of a Roman Catholic diocese or a Roman Catholic institution (according to "The Official Catholic Directory"); written verification of employment required.

The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to qualify for the wavier. Workshops and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are not included in this waiver. It is the student's responsibility to complete and file a Tuition Discount Application form with the Business Office prior to registration. At each subsequent registration period, the student may verify employment by submitting a copy of their most current paycheck stub to the Business Office.

Corporate Tuition Discount Program - Southern California Gas Company 

Southern California Gas Company - Employees of Southern California Gas Company who are admitted to a Mount St. Mary's University graduate program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount.  Contact Graduate Admissions for details at 213-477-2800.

Financial Aid Information 

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct loans are the most common loans for undergraduate and graduate students. Federal Direct loans must be repaid with interest. Presently graduate students can only take unsubsidized loans.

Unsubsidized Loan: The student is responsible for paying all the interest on the loan, during and after college.

Graduate Unsubsidized Loan Amount: $20,500 per year

Alternative Loans

Alternative Loans are private loans to supplement educational financing

How to Apply for Financial Aid

External Financial Aid Resources