The MFA program offers competitive funding opportunities to top applicants in the form of teaching assistantships, which are determined by the program’s admissions committee and do not require an additional application. Applicants under consideration for a teaching assistantship will be invited to an interview with program faculty. 

Compensation and duties attached to the teaching assistantship are governed by a contract negotiated between Rutgers University and the American Association of University Professors. Teaching assistantships usually include the teaching of three sections of undergraduate composition per academic year in return for a generous stipend ($25,969 in the most recent academic year). Teaching assistantships for returning graduate students are determined by the program administrators on a case-by-case basis.