In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a creative writing degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,846 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

29% above average compared to other degrees

$ 25,022 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

25% above average compared to other degrees

$ 38,611 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

19% above average compared to other degrees

What do creative writing graduates earn?

Creative writing students make an average of $46,701 per year after graduation. This is 30% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 46,701 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 21% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular creative writing schools in the US

There are 500 schools in the US that offer a creative writing degree. The creative writing schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Irvine, New York University and California State University-Long Beach. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in creative writing per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Irvine$13,738
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Purdue University-Main Campus$9,992
Cornell University$52,853

Top US schools for a creative writing degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering creative writing degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
Colorado College15%$52,818

Cheapest US schools for a creative writing degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a creative writing degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
American River College$1,104
San Diego Mesa College$1,142
Long Beach City College$1,188
Berkeley City College$1,230
College of the Desert$1,335
Cerritos College$1,346
Santa Barbara City College$1,374
Grossmont College$1,386
San Juan College$1,474
Foothill College$1,554


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