Prospective Graduate Students

Cost of English Graduate Degree

USF English offers comprehensive funding for MAs, MFAs, and PhDs.

USF English fully funds tuition costs of all full-time graduate students through multi-year teaching assistantships (students are responsible for fees). Masters students are guaranteed their teaching assistantships for two years, and doctoral students are guaranteed four years, though they can apply for a fifth year of support. The total compensation for new TAs during the 2017-2018 academic year is broken down below:


Stipend for New TAs

Tuition Remission

Health Insurance Subsidy

Total Compensation  for AY 17/18



Waiver for 100% of roughly $14,213 in tuition for nine graduate credits*

100% of the $1900 premium that covers fall and spring semesters

Almost $30,000



Waiver for 100% of $14,213 in tuition for nine graduate credits*

100% of the $1900 premium that covers fall and spring semesters

Almost $32,000

*Tuition remission does NOT include $788.68 in fees per semester that must be paid by the ninth week of the semester for enrollment in nine graduate credits.

An assistantship guarantees graduate students valuable experience teaching under the supervision of the Director of First-Year Composition in an award-winning writing program. New teaching assistants in USF English receive excellent teacher training that begins with a two-week orientation. The orientation is followed by a semester-long teaching seminar and formal support from graduate student colleagues. Teaching assistants are assigned to teach two courses per semester or the equivalent. USF English offers a broad range of teaching, administrative, and research opportunities that count as teaching assignments.

USF English graduate students are eligible for additional funding and awards.

USF English students are eligible for fellowships and scholarships. Our students have recently won the USF's Presidential Doctoral Fellowship, the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Graduate students in English Studies at USF are also eligible for competitive funding from several sources to offset their conference travel, including the Department of English, the First-Year Composition Program, and the university's student government. We offer many internal financial awards every year, recognizing creative writing, literary studies, and rhetoric and composition scholarship.

USF English graduate students live all over the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay Area is comprised of Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and many smaller communities. Graduate students can choose from any number of places to live (including by two of the top 10 beaches in the US!). The majority of our graduate students commute, while others live within walking distance. Rental listings can be found on,,, and (specific to Hyde Park).

In the immediate vicinity of the Tampa campus

There are several options for living on campus, some of which are reserved exclusively for graduate students. Affiliated housing complexes very close to campus are not owned or operated by the university but are largely occupied by USF students. There are also many non-affiliated apartment complexes nearby. Enter the Tampa campus zip code, 33620, and search to get started.


Outside of the immediate Tampa campus vicinity, two of the closest areas largely populated with USF faculty and students are Temple Terrace and New Tampa. Temple Terrace is southeast of USF, and it is largely suburban, diverse, and more established. Getting to the Tampa campus from Temple Terrace takes around 10-15 minutes, depending on location and traffic. Both areas are very close to campus and the Hillsborough River, which is part of the larger Hillsborough River State Park that offers camping, canoeing, kayaking, nature trails, and more. USF students can rent kayaks and canoes for $5.00 at the Campus Recreation Center.

New Tampa is north/northeast of the Tampa campus, very suburban, and consists largely of new housing developments, apartment complexes, and condos. It has excellent public schools. Restaurants and national retailers abound. Because main roads can get congested during high traffic times, New Tampa's commuters take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to get to campus, depending on location and time of day. Flatwoods Park in New Tampa has both a paved loop and nature trails for hiking, running, and biking. Nearby Trout Creek Park connects to Flatwoods through the nature trails.

A Little Further Out

Seminole Heights is an up-and-coming neighborhood situated in between the Tampa campus and downtown. Expect a 15-20 minute commute. It's one of the trendier communities close to campus ("hipsters" will find community here). Seminole Heights boasts several new, award-winning local restaurants, independent bars, brew pubs, farmer's markets, and coffee shops. Rents are reasonable, and the Hillsborough River is close by.

Carrollwood, a mostly suburban, established area, is west of USF. Expect a 20-30 minute commute. It's family friendly and contains many grocery stores (including natural and specialty food stores) and chain (and some local) restaurants. Dale Mabry Highway, Carrollwood's major road, runs south through South Tampa.

Close to Downtown and Downtown

South Tampa is an urban, upscale community with superior public schools. Expect about a 30-45-minute commute to the Tampa campus. Hyde Park and Palma Ceia—two main neighborhoods in South Tampa—are desirable areas to live because of their proximity to Howard Avenue nightlife and also to Bayshore Blvd—one of the longest continuous (and most beautiful) sidewalks in the world, which runs along the Hillsborough Bay. These neighborhoods also are close to local restaurants, coffee shops, and specialty retailers. Bayshore Blvd is a popular place for running, walking, and biking.

Hyde Park Village is a shopping/event plaza in the heart of Old Hyde Park that hosts a monthly outside market and other community events. There is a good mixture of higher-priced apartment complexes, duplexes, houses, and condos.

Davis Islands is connected to downtown Tampa and Hyde Park by a short bridge off of Bayshore Blvd, but is otherwise a fairly self-sufficient town with its own night life and community. It is small and largely walkable. The commute is about the same as it is from South Tampa, as are the rental rates.

Ybor City is known for its very active and flavorful nightlife and its rich, diverse cultural history, largely Latin-influenced. It has a festive atmosphere and a great independent music scene. It's more affordable than other areas surrounding downtown.

Downtown Tampa and the Channel District are home to many of Tampa's cultural spots and events (the Straz Performing Arts Center, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Theatre, the Florida Aquarium, Curtis Hixon Park). Newer condos and high-rises are aplenty but not cheap.

Some USF English students live in surrounding cities such as St. Petersburg and Clearwater, which are closer to the beaches. Their commutes to the Tampa campus range from 45 minutes to over an hour.

Tampa is an affordable city to live in.

Tampa's cost of living is lower than many other metro areas and the lowest in Florida. Use a cost of living calculator to compare it to other cities.