Cost/Financial Aid

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Financial Aid is available for graduate students. Please call 270-809-2546 for more information. General information on financial aid and scholarships can be found here.

Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Regional Tuition and Fees

Murray State University takes pride in keeping costs low without compromising quality. The current weak economy compels potential graduate students to consider the likely return on investment, and we urge you to compare our costs with those of other top low-residency MFA programs. 


(Includes Residency Fee and 9 hours of credit)

Residents of Kentucky. Also residents of Montgomery County in Tennessee; Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in Indiana; and Massac County in Illinois.




Residents of Tennessee (other than counties listed above)




Residents of Missouri




Residents of Indiana (other than counties listed above)




Residents of Illinois (other than the county listed above)




Residents of Ohio




Residents of Alabama




Out-Of-State Residents





Residency housing costs in Murray are significantly lower than those typically found in low-residency programs, with dorms available at $25/day. Several motels in the area offer reasonable rates to students. Some meals are provided during the residency, and the university cafeterias are open, offering low-cost meals. 

*These figures are based on the 2014-2015 tuition rates and are approximate. See Tuition and Fees for more detailed information. Housing, food and travel to/from the residency are not included in these estimated costs. These costs are for the residency/tutorial sequence only and do not include tuition for 9 hours of required literature classes and 1 hour tuition for the thesis residency .