Financial Information

The MFA of the Americas is a 44-credit hour program; each semester is 11 credit* hours, including the final semester which culminates in a fifth residency. Having completed their final projects, graduating students join us for two nights to offer craft talks and final project readings/performances, as we celebrate them and their work. This partial residency is included within students' overall tuition; we do not have a residency fee.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the tuition is $913/credit hour, or $10,043/semester. The tuition covers room at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, for international residencies, plus select incidentals (e.g., metro tickets, hotel transfer). Students are responsible for their own food during international residencies.

For both residencies, students are responsible for the cost of traveling to the site and books. Note: Stetson offers travel scholarships through the WORLD Rinker Center for International Learning. See below.

*For students who entered the program prior to January 2018, the credit-hour allocation is 10-11-11-12.

Financial Award Information

New students should complete the FAFSA following the steps below to request financial aid:

  1. Register for an FSA ID by visiting Your FSA ID will be used to electronically sign the FAFSA. It may take up to one week to receive your ID.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year of enrollment. Include Stetson University's federal school code, 001531, when completing the FAFSA. Use your FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA.
  3. Visit My Stetson to check on the status of your financial aid award, review outstanding/satisfied requirements and accept or decline your aid.

To accept or decline your aid, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to My Stetson.
  2. Click on "One Stop" tab.
  3. View your financial aid through the "My Financial Plan" box.
  4. Click on "Accept Award Offer" and follow the steps to review your aid.

To review financial aid requirements, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to My Stetson.
  2. Click on "One Stop" tab.
  3. Review missing requirements on your One Stop Checklist.
  4. Complete the entrance counseling and the master promissory note by visiting; you will need your FSA ID (used for your FAFSA) to log in.

If you have questions about federal student aid, please contact the university's Office of Financial Aid at 386-822-7120 or

Financial Aid Options

Some options for financing your education include

  1. Check with your employer to explore the availability and use of tuition assistance benefits. Many organizations will offer some level of financial support.
  2. If you are or have been a member of the military, you may qualify for financial assistance from your military branch or service-connected associations. Learn more today.
  3. You may qualify for federal Stafford loans through the FAFSA.
  4. Explore student loans offered through outside financial institutions.

Limited scholarship funds are available for qualified applicants. Please contact the Office of Financial Planning at or 386-822-7120 for more details.

MFA Scholarship: The Villages

This scholarship provides $10,000/year to students enrolled in the MFA of the Americas program who reside in The Villages or surrounding area. Students may maintain the scholarship from entry to graduation (up to four semesters) by successfully Passing each course (classes are Pass/Fail) at Stetson. To be considered for this scholarship, please indicate your interest and qualifications in your Personal Statement, submitted as part of your application package to the MFA of the Americas program. Recipients of the Scholarship are selected by the Office of Financial Aid. Selection may include collaboration with appropriate dean, faculty, and staff affiliated with eh MFA of the Americas program.

WORLD Rinker Center for International Learning

Stetson University offers travel scholarships for students who are studying abroad. MFA students are eligible to apply for this funding to help offset travel costs for the international residencies. The application is generally due in early February.

Application link