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The Helen Zell Writers' Program is a fully-funded MFA Program. 

In the first year, all MFA students accepted into the program are offered a full tuition waiver, a stipend of $25,980 (currently for '23-'24), as well as $6,000 in summer funding, and health care benefits. Applicants may also be considered, where appropriate, for Rackham Merit Fellowships.

Second year support includes a complete tuition waiver, stipend of $25,980 (currently for 2023-2024), and health care benefits through a Graduate Student Instructorship. GSIs teach one undergraduate course per semester, usually a section each of English 125 (Introduction to College Writing) and English 223 (Introduction to Creative Writing). GSI training and mentoring for English 125 and 223 is administered by the English Department Writing Program (EDWP)

Additionally, various fellowships and prizes are awarded each year to MFA students. Specific opportunities are described below.