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Tuition for the Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program of Pine Manor College is $6,550 per semester. Tuition includes all workshops, classes, seminars, panel discussions, one-on-one sessions with faculty mentors, and readings during the 10-day residency (which launches the semester), and independent study with the student’s faculty mentor throughout the semester.

The tuition fee for the fifth, graduating residency—the culmination of the MFA program—is $950, which includes the graduation ceremony.

The residency is an integral part of each semester and takes place on the Pine Manor Campus. Students may choose to live on campus during the residency. Double rooms are available for $55 per night, and single rooms (which are limited and assigned in order of seniority) cost $65 per night.

Any student may opt to purchase the three-meals-a-day plan for $215. This includes dinner on the first residency night and brunch on the last day. All meals are served at the college’s centrally located cafeteria. Students also have the option of paying cash at the door for individual meals. A $110 hospitality fee is charged per semester for all students; this fee covers opening-night and half-way point receptions, daily coffee & tea service, a student-alum event, entrance to the graduation reception, and a wrap-up breakfast. (In the event of a virtual residency, as was the case in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a $55 remote learning fee replaces the hospitality fee.)

Graduating students can expect a binding fee of approximately $100 for the binding of their critical theses.

Once accepted, students will be sent room and board request forms.

Books each semester will vary in cost, depending on the reading list developed by the faculty mentor and student.

Please note: Massachusetts requires proof of valid health insurance for all students who are enrolled at least ¾ time in a degree program. The Bursar’s office will email enrollment/waiter forms in advance each semester with information about deadlines and costs. IMPORTANT: Failure to fill out the form by the stated deadline on the form will result in automatic enrollment in the health insurance program that Pine Manor College provides.

PMC will also send all matriculated students a link to download annual 1098-T tax forms by January 31 of each calendar year. The 1098-T form allows students to claim “qualified educational expenses” in the preceding tax year. Qualified expenses include tuition, any fees that are required for enrollment, and course materials the student was required to buy from the school. NOTE: Any student not enrolled at PMC in the prior calendar year will not receive a 1098 form.

Questions about billing and insurance should be directed to the Bursar, Vincent White. He can be reached at, or at 617-731-7624. Information about financial aid can be found in our financial aid guidelines and by calling our Financial Aid Office at 617-731-7129.