All applicants selected for admission into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a . citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at . The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadline of February 1 for fall applicants. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.)
We also cannot provide you with contact information for our current MFA students unless and until you've been admitted to the program (or placed on the wait-list). Again, we receive over 600 applications for our program and our 12 graduate students cannot handle the requests we have for their time. You are always welcome to come to campus and take one of the University's free guided tours or self-tour yourself around. Feel free to poke your head in the Creative Writing suite at 6195 Helen C. White Hall, which will give you a sense of our program. If you don't see a dartboard and several glass bookcases full of faculty, fellow, and student books—and if you don't hear laughter—then you are not in the Creative Writing suite.