LSU fully funds all students accepted into the program, offering teaching assistantships and a full tuition waiver, as well as an excellent health insurance package. Editorial assistantships are also occasionally awarded at The Southern Review and The New Delta Review.
The stipends are typically as follows:
• $16,500 if entering with a BA
• $17,000 if entering with an MA
Incoming MFA students generally work as teaching assistants for a variety of large lecture courses during their first year, leading one break-out discussion section per semester. Students entering with an MA, however, are usually assigned their own section of English Composition.
In the fall of their second year, all MFA students are normally assigned their own section of English Composition, one per semester.
Third-year MFA students will likely teach one or two creative writing course in their genre. This is not, however, a guarantee and is dependent on course availability.