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Cost & Aid, 2024-25

US MFA in Screenwriting

This two-year low-residency online program features one on-campus ten-day residency and one online ten-day residency per year. The tuition listed here is for one year (two semesters) and includes the cost of housing and meals for the onsite residency at no extra charge.

Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$19,750
Federal student loans–$19,750
Your payment$0
Optional: additional low-interest federal loans?-$14,000

Additional Financial Aid Information

$14,000 per year in optional federal student loans are available toward living expenses and travel for the residencies.
Students are responsible for travel, but the cost of housing and meals is covered by the tuition.
There is one optional residency in Los Angeles at the end of the program. Students are responsible for all costs.
Your FAFSA automatically qualifies you for the majority of federal student loans for this program. The remaining portion is composed of Federal Graduate PLUS loans which require “no adverse credit” or an endorser. Repayment begins after your enrollment ends.

There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Options

Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.


International MFA in Screenwriting

The tuition listed here is for one year (two semesters). International students unfortunately cannot receive visa approval to attend one small component of the program – two 10-day in-person residencies for US students. You will be able to participate in these sessions online or may otherwise substitute approved independent studies. All other facets of the degree are the same – online, globally, for all students. Please note: the program’s language of instruction is English, and all assignments must be written in or translated into English for review.

Annual Cost
Tuition and fees$19,750
Your payment$19,750

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.