» Scholarships & Financial Aid

Wilkinson students graduateChapman University and Wilkinson College's Department of English work together to ensure students have access to the necessary funds for school.

Money from scholarships and financial aid may be put towards paying tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies for all classes taken at Chapman. Most scholarships and aid are given on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, students are encouraged to prepare and submit all applications by their respective deadlines. Please keep in mind that you will need to reapply each year.

+ - Financial Aid

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for financial aid through Chapman University. All financial aid applications are processed at the University level, and not by the individual colleges. 

For more information, visit the Chapman University’s Financial Aid Office webpage.

+ - Undergraduate Scholarships

Talent awards are available for students majoring in Creative Writing (BFA) or the Journalism emphasis (BA). Applications for Fall Semester are due April 1; applications for Spring Semester are due November 1.

Click on the appropriate link below to learn more about each scholarship, and to access the related application. The applications are Adobe PDF and will require the free Adobe Reader to open them.

Creative Writing Application

Journalism Application (incoming freshman and transfer students)

Marshutz Undergraduate Journalism Award (current undergraduate students)

+ - Graduate Programs


The English Department offers three fellowships for MFA students with an annual stipend of $18,000 plus full tuition remission. Additional full-tuition fellowships are available on a limited basis.

All MFA applicants for fall semester admission are considered for the fellowships. To be considered, the application must be received by February 1. To find out more about these fellowships and other scholarships, please contact the English Department office at (714) 532-6026 or contact the chair at jlevin@chapman.edu.

John Fowles Literary Awards for Graduating MFA Students

Each Spring the department recognizes the best work in fiction, poetry and nonfiction by graduating students.


Graduate students are selected for certain scholarships at the discretion of the Department faculty. If you are selected, you will be notified of your selection via letter and/or Panther email; the notification will include information on the scholarship's name, amount of funds to be dispersed and date by which you need to confirm your acceptance of the scholarship.


The Graduate Assistantships for MFA students function like work-study in that a student earns an hourly wage for 5-10 hours per week. Each graduate assistant is assigned to a particular faculty member to assist with a course, a reading series, a website, research tasks or other projects. Opportunities vary from semester to semester, and students gain hands-on experience to help them consider a variety of career options.

For more information, contact the English office during business hours.

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