College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Financing your MA in English

A graduate degree is an investment in your future, and an important factor in deciding whether to apply is its affordability. Our degree program is typically two years, or 48-49 quarter units (equivalent to 30 units in semester systems). You can find out the cost of your education by checking out the CPP Cost Calculator Page.

1. Teaching Assistantships

Students that have taken a course in pedagogy at the graduate level are eligible to apply for a funded Teaching Assistant (TA) position. These positions are offered in Literature, TESL, and Rhetoric & Composition, giving students valuable professional experience as well as funding for their education. For more information, check out the Professional Opportunities page.

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2. Grants and Scholarships

At the University level, a number of recent students have successfully been awarded the President's Council Scholarship, and received conference and workshop funding through the Administration Fund. Students also may be eligible for the Paula Sandoval Memorial Scholarship. Finally, students can also check out the Financial Aid Office's maintained lists of Grants and Scholarships for additional information on funding opportunities. 

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3. Financial Aid

Most students qualify for federal financial aid, and should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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