Inside Thomas Commons near fireplace

Make sure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine your eligibility for various forms of financial assistance. Although Cornell offers some merit based scholarships (no additional paperwork is needed) to admitted M.F.A. candidates, we encourage you to seek out alternative sources of funding to help offset the cost. 

Questions about financial aid can be addressed by our financial assistance staff and questions pertaining to payment options can be addressed by our business student accounts staff


Tuition is $2,700 per credit. You'll need a total of 11 credits which comes to $29,700.

Your technology fees will be $100 per semester for a total of $400 over the course of the program. 

In addition, you will have residency fees for each of the five residencies. 

Option Fee per residency Total (all five) residency fees Total tuition and all fees together
Meals only $270 $1,350 $31,450
Meals and double room $675 $3,375 $33,475
Meals and single room $1,100 $5,500 $35,600