The Free-Ride Package
Finally we are able to offer a free ride. That is, we will pay the cost of two full years of in-state tuition to every single admitted student. (If you’re not yet a New York resident this will be applied to your out-of-state tuition with the result that you’ll get a whopping discount.)
This does not come without you expending any effort, although the task we’ve found you is pretty thrilling.
If you’re a fiction or nonfiction student, we’ll give you a Hertog Fellowship. That means we will pair you with a celebrated New York writer to work ten hours a week for one semester as a research assistant. In recent semesters our students have worked with Jonathan Franzen, Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, Jennifer Egan, Gary Shteyngart, Honor Moore and many others. Here's a full list of names that Hunter MFA students get to drop.
If you’re a poet, you will be guaranteed a Thomas Hunter Fellowship which means you will work ten hours a week for an established poet or editor. These celebrated individuals will value your help as much as you’ll value the year's free ride. Hunter poetry students have organized papers, researched and edited for Mary Karr, Phillip Levine, Jill Bialosky and Edward Hirsch. Here's a full list.
With each of these fellowships, you'll become deeply involved in the project of a stellar mentor. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how research is used by writers and finally, you’ll see the fruit of their own labors transformed in the published work. And oh the names you’ll drop.
Note: All research fellowships are assigned after students have begun the course. There is no application form or other application procedure. If you're a prospective student, there's no need for you to apply separately.
Because there’s always fine print, even here.
You must successfully file a Fafsa application in order to receive that lovely tuition waiver. You can do this (now) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ Generally speaking it’s a simple, process provided you are a US citizen or permanent resident. Although Hunter cannot counsel you on your eligibility, Fafsa can and will.
MFA students may apply to teach undergraduate classes in their second year, either, Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL300) or the Distinguished Living Writers Course. The number of openings changes each year, depending on English Dept availability. Nevertheless, MFA students have been appointed to these positions every year up to 2016 (in which nine MFA students got jobs.) Successful applicants will be hired as adjunct lecturers and are paid in line with the Hunter faculty pay scale. In the past some of these MFA students have stayed on with the English Department after graduation. In these cases they have normally taught Expository Writing (ENGL100) and Introduction to Literature (ENGL220).
Threepenny Review internships
Each Spring Semester, one MFA student interns as an editorial assistant at the literary journal The Threepenny Review, learning a variety of skills such as proofreading and evaluating manuscripts. Hunter pays a cool $5,000 to each intern.
This internship is part of a wider relationship between Hunter and The Threepenny Review, which also includes Threepenny staff and writers occasionally guest-speaking in Hunter MFA classes, upon request from MFA faculty.