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. 

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 two sections of undergraduate composition per academic year in return for a generous stipend ($31,162 in the most recent academic year).