Numerous sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students entering the School of Planning and Public Affairs. Many students receive departmental funding through graduate assistantships and fellowships to help cover tuition and living expenses.
The application for graduate awards must be submitted early in the year. The admissions committee will start reviewing applications on January 15th and continue until all funding has been awarded. (For Fall 2020 MPA admission, applications will be reviewed starting March 1st.) Students receiving aid will be informed as early as possible of their award and will be advised of their assistantship duties at the beginning of classes.
Fellowships are offered to new students and are a flat sum of money. There is no work requirement for a fellowship. Fellowships offered at the time of admission are not renewable for subsequent semesters.
Students must take at least 9 semester hours of planning (URP prefix) or public affairs (PBAF prefix) courses during the first two semesters in order to be eligible for a graduate assistantship. Sources of support include departmental research or teaching assistantships, research assistantships on externally funded grants, loans, and part-time positions at local planning agencies.
In addition to the stipend and tuition scholarship, graduate students with assistantships are awarded a health insurance allowance to be applied toward student health insurance programs or toward the comprehensive health insurance program available to University faculty and staff.
Other sources for funding your education are available.