Financial Resources for Students
The School of Kingdom Writers full-time program carries a tuition cost of $7,200 per year. This is a year-round program.
Upon acceptance to the program, students are required to make a $600 deposit. Tuition may be paid in monthly installments of $600, or in full prior to the beginning of each school year.
We provide resources so that every student can fully pay for his or her time at the School of Kingdom Writers and graduate debt-free. We do not provide conventional financial aid like student loans or scholarships. By keeping costs as low as possible, creating an environment that is conducive to part-time income, and providing resources for mobilizing community support, we ensure that every student can fully pay for the program and the cost of living without debt.
Becoming a professional writer and paying your bills is hard enough. It’s nearly impossible when you’re also straddled with student debt.
Finances should not be a barrier, and we’ve been intentional about ensuring that the School of Kingdom Writers is accessible to all.
We’ve designed our program so that any student can graduate without debt. In fact, we won’t accept students who plan to finance their tuition. We want our students to have every opportunity for success, and student loan debt is simply not compatible.
Here are the steps we’ve taken to make a high quality debt-free education possible:
Low tuition and cost of living.
The average cost of tuition for a two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program at an in-state public university is $27,600. Private schools are typically three times this cost. Our program costs only $14,400, and includes more instruction, more support, and greater practical application. (See “How Do We Keep Our Tuition So Low?” for more info.)
In addition, our program carries few additional costs. You will NOT need to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of books, reside in expensive on-campus housing, or purchase a meal plan.
Shared housing with other students is also available. Students who use this option will see an extremely low cost of living, as they share expenses with other students. Students who choose to live on their own will also see a very low cost of living in Zanesville, Ohio.
Consistent schedule conducive to part-time work.
Unlike most higher education, this is a year-round program with a predictable weekly schedule. All instruction and coursework will be completed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. With rare exceptions, there will be no homework or additional projects that need to be completed.
This allows our students to work part-time jobs without causing scheduling headaches for themselves and their employers. Because this is a year-round program, schedules are sustainable and predictable.
Due to the low cost of the program and the opportunity for shared living expenses, some students will be able to pay for 100% of their costs with part-time work.
Community-based funding resources.
We believe that the people of God pay for things differently. As Christians, we work together to invest in each other and advance the Kingdom of God.
If you would like additional help paying for tuition, we will provide fundraising resources so that you can rally a community of believers around this mission that the Lord has given you. Are there ten people in your community who believe in your calling, and might be willing to make a small investment of $50 per month to help you advance the Kingdom? Don’t answer too fast! Believe it or not, the answer is yes, and many of them will be excited and grateful to support you.
They may not be able to do something this cool themselves, but they want to be a part of what God is doing! You can provide that opportunity. When you enter this program, you are in ministry. It’s right for the community to support you for a short time while you develop a self-sustainable ministry.
While this may seem intimidating at first, you’ll soon find that it’s an incredibly humbling and encouraging experience. These relationships that you form will pay off in myriad ways for your entire life in ministry.
We will train and equip you to find these patrons, so that you can subsidize your tuition cost, without debt. We will provide you with the materials and legal mechanisms for lawfully accepting donations. While these conversations may seem intimidating at first, this model does work and the results are far superior to graduating with debt!
Christian communities supporting one another is biblical. Debt is not. We’re here to help.
As an organization, we do not and will not carry any debt. It’s important to us that we’re putting our students in a position to do the same.
Combined, our low cost of attendance, opportunities for part-time work, and community fundraising model ensure that any student can attend this program, regardless of means.
If you have more questions about the cost of this program or how you might pay for it, please reach out to us using the form at the bottom of the page, or by emailing us at info@SOKW.org. We’d love to have a conversation today.
We’d love to hear from you!
Please send us an email at info@SOKW.org, or use the contact form to the right to get in touch with us.