Tuition, Scholarships, and Aid


Tuition for the MFA in Creative Writing at Butler University is set at $920.00 per credit hour for the 2021-2022 school year. Allowing for small annual increases in tuition, a student entering the program in Fall 2021 should expect tuition and fees for the degree to total roughly $33,000. A quick glance at the tuition costs for other MFAs shows that Butler is an extraordinary value, especially when one considers the high quality of our faculty and visitors, our small class sizes, and our auxiliary programming.

More information about tuition, billing, and payment can be found at the Student Accounts webpage


The MFA at Butler offers considerable funding to its students through a growing system of scholarships tied to service and professional development.


Efroymson Scholarships (2 per year): The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, sponsors the Efroymson Scholarships in Creative Writing. These scholarships are awarded to two out-of-state applicants who show great promise. The scholarship awards $15,000 to scholars, typically applied as $6,000 for the first two years and $3,000 for a third year.

K-12 Teacher DiscountAnnounced in Feb 2023, the MFA will offer a special tuition discount for any K-12 teacher in Central Indiana. The discount will be applicable throughout the student’s time earning the degree. Please contact our MFA Director for more information.


A variety of funding opportunities are available, some directly from the MFA program and many through our affiliate programs.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to graduate students through Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct Plus Loans, and private loan mechanisms. Graduate students must attend the MFA half-time (3 credit hours or more per semester) to be eligible (please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to confirm such details in your case). Loans are also available for summer study.

Visit the financial aid website for more information. For counseling, please contact Financial Aid at 317-940-8200 or toll free at 877-940-8200.

Health Insurance

For information on health insurance options for Butler graduate students, please contact Butler University Health Services, 317-940-8728.