Thanks everyone.

@Rob What made you want to pursue an MFA? Do you think the price tag is justified? For me personally I'm still paying down my undergraduate student loans, which at this point are very manageable. As someone previously mentioned state school tuition generally seems more manageable although obtaining state residency would take some time. I guess that's where I'm stuck. I'd like to refine my artistic focus and be in a better position to be considered for a teaching position but at what cost?

@TFC Thanks for the advice, duly noted. If I apply I'll steer clear of mentioning anything regarding becoming a teacher.

It also seems that exploring options outside of the United States would be wise. I appreciate the advice!