Financial Aid


Genre-based Fellowships

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing offers four fellowships for students starting the program during the winter residency/spring semester: 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, and the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry. These Fellowships provide $1000 toward first-semester tuition for four students who begin the program during the winter residency/spring semester.

Applicants who want to be considered for a genre-based fellowship should submit a general application form no later than September 12, 2014 (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 on October 6, 2014. Awards must be applied toward the winter residency/spring semester directly following acceptance; fellowships cannot be deferred or applied toward a summer residence/fall semester start.

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

The Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices

Through the generous support of Lee Hope and the Solstice Institute, the MFA Program is able to award The Lee Hope Fellowship to support an incoming student of diverse background or experience. The Fellowship provides $500 toward first-semester tuition for a student who begins the program during the summer residency/fall semester.

Applicants who want to be considered for the Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices should submit a general application form no later than March 20, 2015 (postmark date). There is no separate application form. The Hope Fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program. If you wish to be considered for this Fellowship, please include with your complete application 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.

The Fellowship is awarded based on the applicant’s writing sample and his/her 1-2 page essay. Notification letters will be mailed to the winner only by April 8, 2015. Awards must be applied toward the summer residency/fall semester directly following acceptance; fellowships cannot be deferred or applied toward a winter residency/spring semester start.

The Kurt Brown Fellowship

This Fellowship is sponsored by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices in honor of its late poetry editor, the distinguished essayist & poet Kurt Brown. In Kurt’s honor, the literary magazine—a sister publication of the Solstice MFA Program—offers this $1,000 Fellowship yearly to a writer in any genre who has published in, submitted to, subscribed to, or is a volunteer on the staff of the Solstice literary magazine and who has applied and been accepted to the Solstice MFA Program. This award is funded by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices and Laure-Anne Bosselaar Brown, Kurt Brown’s wife and a faculty member of the Solstice MFA Program.

There are two steps required to be eligible:

1) Potential applicants must first be selected by the magazine. To apply, click here:  Manuscripts for this “round” are judged by the editors of Solstice. 

2) The applicant selected by Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices must then apply to and be accepted by the Solstice MFA Program. The Fellowship will be awarded to a student starting the Solstice MFA Program during its 2015 summer residency/fall semester or toward its 2016 winter residency/spring semester.

Need-Based Scholarships

MFA applicants who wish to be considered for a Pine Minor College need-based 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 need-based 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 need-based scholarship. If you complete the Need-Based Scholarship Program 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 need-based 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 need-based scholarships are awarded to eligible students until funds for each enrollment period are dispersed. It is therefore very important that students hoping for a need-based scholarship apply early.

Each need-based 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 need-based scholarships and the Lee Hope Fellowship for Diverse Voices (for summer/fall only) or for a genre-based fellowship (winter/spring only). However, fellowships will be awarded following the application deadline for the semester in question; need-based 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:



    (T) 617.731.7628
    (F) 617.731.7102

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