Fees & Financial Aid

Students listening and taking notes during a workshop


The cost of one 2-week session of the 2022 Summer Residential Program will be $2,500. This fee includes instruction and materials for your core course and access to all extracurricular camp events (readings, workshops, discussions, writing activities, open mics, talent shows, social gatherings, etc). 

There is a $10 reading fee to apply to the 2022 Summer Residential Program. The fee can be paid in Submittable during the application process. The reading fee goes directly to the highly-qualified writers--students and graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop--who read and evaluate the writing samples. These writers read with great attention and care, and we believe in compensating them for their work. However, we do not want the fee to be an impediment to any applicant, and are happy to waive the fee without penalty for students who are unable to pay. The online application will give you the option of bypassing the fee.

Financial Aid

There is aid available for applicants who meet our need-based requirements. Every year we are able to grant several full tuition grants and several partial tuition grants. We encourage all interested students to apply. Accepted students will be asked to fill out a financial aid application and awards will be made in the spring.

Refund policy

If you are accepted to the program, you must reserve your place in your session by paying a deposit of $250 by April 18, 2022. If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 you will receive $100 of your deposit back. Payment of the balance is due by June 1, 2022. Thereafter no refunds are available.