In my quest to find an MFA program, I am once again in meltdown mode. Looking at a $42,000 price tag for Western State or $48,000 for Naropa (both low-res in-state) has me worried. Can I really justify putting myself into that much debt?
I’ve been looking at highly recognized MFA programs that are out of state as well. I’ve found that most of them are about the same cost or slightly less. I did find one, Ashland University in Ohio. The total program cost (not including travel) is $24,672. I doubt it is going to cost me $20,000 to go to Ohio a few times. They are the producers of River Teeth and have the only low-residency cross-genre program in nonfiction and poetry. I’m going to request information but so far it looks great. If only I could get the site to come up again. Ugh.