Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid


Tuition: $425 per credit hour

Residency Fees:

BOARD (includes most meals during residency) $180 in summer; $200 in winter

ROOM (students stay in a residence hall with suite bathrooms in summer, and usually share same-gender communal baths in the residence halls available in winter) $250 for single; $200 for double (when available)

Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Graduation Fee: $125

Audit Fee per Course: $400

Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable, but applied to first semester’s tuition and/or fees):



Graduate tuition is billed per credit hour. The MFA program requires 12 credit hours per residency and semester: $5100. There are four full semesters and residencies, plus a fifth residency for thesis-presentation; for this fifth residency, students pay tuition for only one credit hour, plus room and board.

Tuition and fees are subject to changes and are likely to increase modestly each year; any changes will promptly appear on this page, and students will be informed.


To be eligible for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) application and be fully admitted as a matriculated student in the MFA program. The FASFA application is available here. You are required to secure a Personal Identification Number (PIN). WVWC’s School Code is 003830-00. For aid eligibility, students will also need to complete Entrance Counseling for Graduate Students and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for an unsubsidized student loan; directions available here.

Various financial aid opportunities are available for graduate students including interest-free loan deferrals, limited staff-position graduate assistantships (primarily for local students), Federal Student Loan programs, and other loan opportunities. Additionally, many employers provide full or partial tuition reimbursement to their employees who participate in job-relevant graduate study. (If you are a public school teacher, check with your county superintendent about funding for continuing education.)

For financial aid purposes, students are considered full-time when enrolled in six or more graduate credit hours per semester or session. Fourth Semester—or Thesis Semester—students should be aware that they will be enrolled in the 1-hour course (ENGL 655) when they return for their Fifth Residency, paying for 1 credit-hour plus room and board (if staying on campus). 1 hour of credit does not, however, qualify Fifth Residency students for financial aid, so these students will have two options for paying for the Fifth Residency session:

–plan to pay for the Fifth Residency session out of pocket (approximate cost: $930 to $1000 [$425 for tuition for one credit hour, and $380 to $450 for room and board, plus the $125 graduation fee]).

–refuse approximately $930 to $1000 of refund at the start of the fourth semester, leaving enough in one’s student account to cover the charges to be incurred during the Fifth Residency.

For further information, contact the WVWC Financial Aid Office at 304-473-8080.

We are also building an internal scholarship fund in honor of our late founder, Irene McKinney, and we award this scholarship when funds are sufficient for disbursal.