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Writing Certificate


Application Fee

Students applying to the Certificate Program must first pay the $80 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and only valid for one application cycle. 

Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee of $35 is required for each student once per quarter. 

Program Tuition

The Certificate Program is a part-time, six-course program. The tuition for the current academic year is as follows*: The first five courses in the program are $1,120 each. The elective, which is selected from one of the regular Continuing Studies online writing courses, is $910.

Tuition and fees are due for each course upon registration.

$1,200 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): The Writing Life
$1,200 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): Novel I
$1,200 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): Novel II
$1,200 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): Novel III
$1,200 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): Novel IV
$955 (course tuition) + $35 (registration fee): Genre Elective (Tuition could vary slightly, depending on course selection).
$7,130 = Total Program Cost*

*Please note that the tuition for this program is subject to change annually. Students should expect a modest tuition increase each academic year.

Optional One-on-One Tutorial

Students may sign up for a Tutorial for $4,000 + $35 quarterly registration fee. See the Curriculum page for details. Manuscripts exceeding 100,000 words will be charged $40 per additional 1,000 words.


Students who qualify for a tuition discount on Continuing Studies courses may also apply their discount toward the Certificate Program (except for “CSP Full” discounts). However, students may be required, at any time, to provide proof of their eligibility for any discount. Please refer to our Tuition & Payment page for more information on available discounts. Please note: Discounts do not apply to the One-on-One Tutorial.

Financial Aid

Continuing Studies students are not considered matriculated Stanford University students and therefore are not eligible for financial aid. Stanford Continuing Studies does not offer a payment program.

1098-T Tax Form

Continuing Studies is classified as a professional development/personal enrichment program and does not meet the University's criteria to send 1098-T tax forms to students. These forms are only offered for tuition paid toward undergraduate or graduate courses.