Financial Aid

Genre-based Fellowships, winter/spring 2016

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program offers four genre-based fellowships. These Fellowships provide $1,000 toward first-semester tuition for four students:

The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction

The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction

The Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent

The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry

Applicants who want to be considered for a genre-based fellowship should submit a general application form no later than September 18, 2015 (Postmark date). There is no separate application form. Awards are based on the quality of the writing sample included as part of the general application process; notification letters will be mailed to winners only.

To read bios of our donors, click the links below; our poetry donors wish to remain anonymous.

The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices

In honor of the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown—Kurt Brown’s wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program—and Lee Hope, Editor-in-chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, underwrite an annual fellowship of $1,000 to a writer in any genre.

All applicants are welcome to apply. The Kurt Brown Fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program.

Applicants who want to be considered for the Kurt Brown Fellowship should submit ageneral application form no later than March 11, 2016 (Postmark date), along with a brief (1 – 2 pages, typed, double-spaced) essay explaining of how you meet the Fellowship’s criteria (above) and why the Fellowship would meaningfully support your pursuit of a degree in Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. There is no separate application form. The Fellowship is awarded based on the applicant’s writing sample and his/her 1-2 page essay.

Writers Helping Writers/Need-Based Scholarships

Writers Helping Writers Scholarships are funded with help from Solstice Program alumni and friends and based on financial need. MFA applicants who wish to be considered for a Writers Helping Writers scholarship must:

1) Apply for financial aid by completing a FAFSA (see instructions below). This is a separate process from the admission application. Roughly twenty percent of our students receive Writers Helping Writers scholarships.

2) After completing your FAFSA, wait three business days, and then call Elizabeth Gorra at (617) 731-7628 or email her at Let her know you are applying to the Solstice MFA’s Need-Based Scholarship Program; she will ask for your social security number, which she will use to research your FAFSA information. Ms. Gorra will then report your FAFSA information to the Solstice MFA Program staff within one to two days.

3) We recommend that you apply for financial aid either before or at the same time that you apply for admission; however, you must be accepted for admission before you will receive a formal financial-aid award, including a Writers Helping Writers scholarship. If you complete steps 1 and 2 (above) before applying or when you apply, we should be able to let you know the status of your request when we respond to your application.

Prospective students applying for Writers Helping Writers scholarships are encouraged to submit their materials well in advance of the application deadline, regardless of whether they are applying for a summer residency/fall semester or winter residency/spring semester start. Admission to the program is run on a rolling basis, and so our limited number of Writer Helping Writes scholarships are awarded to eligible students until funds for each enrollment period are dispersed. It is therefore very important that students hoping for a Writers Helping Writers scholarship apply early.

Each Writers Helping Writers scholarship awarded will range from $2,000 to $4,000 total, allotted in $500 to $1,000 increments per semester over the course of four semesters.

Please note: Applicants are welcome to apply for both Writers Helping Writers scholarships and the Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices (for summer/fall only) or for a genre-based fellowship (winter/spring only) simultaneously. However, fellowships will be awarded following the application deadline for the semester in question; Writers Helping Writers scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility for Veterans’ Educational Benefits 

The Department of Veteran Affairs has confirmed that eligible student veterans and their family members may use their VA educational benefits to attend the Solstice MFA Program of Pine Manor College. For more information, contact Elizabeth Gorra at (617) 731-7628 or email her at

Note that general information and resources for student veterans can also be found at Affordable Colleges Online: Higher Education Affordability for Veterans.

Applying for Federal Direct Student Loans &

Financial Aid

Step 1:

If you don’t already have a Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN), visit to register for one. The PIN will serve as your electronic signature. This process generally takes only two to three days.

Step 2:

Once you have your PIN, go to

The FAFSA School Code for Pine Manor College is 002201. 

Students applying for summer/fall 2015 should complete the 14-15 FAFSA

In approximately one to two weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via e-mail from the federal processor. Review your SAR carefully. Any necessary corrections can be made online. Pine Manor receives your FAFSA information electronically.

Once you have been accepted into the program, your financial aid application will be reviewed, and we will send you notification of your loan eligibility. In order for us to disburse your Federal Direct Student Loans, please complete the following steps:

Online Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling

  • Go to

  • Under Manage My Direct Loans, select the “Sign In” button.

  • After signing in, scroll down to Counseling and select “Complete Entrance Counseling”.

Online Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  • Go to

  • Under Manage My Direct Loan, Select the “Sign In” button and fill in valid information.

  • Scroll down to Master Promissory Note and select “Complete MPN”

  • Select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized” Do not select “Grad PLUS”

  • Be sure to print a copy of your MPN for your records.

  • An electronic confirmation will be transmitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Should you have any difficulties, please contact Direct Loan Servicing at (800) 848-0979, or the PMC Office of Student Financial Services at 617-731-7628 or by email at

MFA Loan Request Form

Please fill out and fax or mail the MFA Loan Request Form pdf to Elizabeth Gorra.
(Contact information at bottom of page.)

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

If you are planning to apply for Federal loans, the FAFSA can be filled out any time during your application process.

Per above, we recommend students fill out the FASFA in tandem with the MFA application. Sooner is always better than later.

Questions about financial aid should be directed to:

ELIZABETH GORRA, Director of Financial Aid


(T) 617.731.7628
(F) 617.731.7102

SUSAN GONZALES, Assistant Director of Financial Aid


(T) 617-731-7129

Financial Aid Office
Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467