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Chapman 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.

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Department of English Scholarships


Scholarships are available for students with an emphasis on Creative Writing or Journalism. 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 English Department offers three fellowships each year to select incoming MFA students with an annual stipend of $18,000 plus full tuition remission for the program. Additional full-tuition fellowships are available on a limited basis.

All M.F.A. 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 Graduate Programs Coordinator Allison DeVries at devries@chapman.edu.

Scholarships: 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.

Assistantships: 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.

Teaching Associates: All graduate students (MA, MFA, Dual Degree and 4+1) in the English Department at Chapman University are eligible to apply to participate in the Department’s popular and competitive Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) program at the end of their first year of study and after taking ENG 580: Teaching Composition (offered every spring semester). Selected graduate students earn a stipend and develop valuable experience teaching composition in a theoretically-informed and supportive environment, especially useful for those who wish to pursue teaching careers at community colleges or four-year universities and/or who wish to continue on to Ph.D. programs.

For more information, contact the English Department office during business hours or via email to the department chair.

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 Financial Aid Office webpage.