Financial Assistance

Numerous sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students entering the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Many students receive departmental funding through graduate assistantships to help cover tuition and living expenses. Students must take at least 9 semester hours of planning (URP prefix) courses during the first two semesters in which they receive aid 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.

  • The typical departmentally supported assistantship is one-quarter time (with a 10 hour/week work requirement) and is accompanied by a tuition scholarship. Quarter-time assistantships qualify students to pay the in-state tuition and fee rate, with in-state tuition covered by the tuition scholarship. Spouses of students with assistantships also qualify for the in-state tuition rate. The stipend for quarter-time assistantships in 2017-18 will be $9,508 per year (payable through direct deposit in ten monthly payments of $950.80 per month), and will be accompanied by a tuition scholarship of $9,078 for the academic year (credited in two equal credits of $4,539 per semester), which is equal to 100 percent of tuition.
  • The payment of mandatory fees is the responsibility of the student. Mandatory fees for students with assistantships in 2017-18 are set at $517.75 per semester (fall or spring), reflecting a waiver of the Technology Fee ($150 per semester) for all students with quarter-time assistantships. You will also receive a scholarship for 50% of the mandatory student fees.

In addition to the stipend and tuition scholarship, funded graduate students 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.

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. 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.

Other sources for funding your education are available, including the Graduate Diversity Scholarship and the Kenneth T. Key Scholarship for Taiwanese-born graduate students. Graduate assistantship positions offered by other departments are posted on the Graduate Assistant Job Board and sources of external support may be located through the Division of Sponsored Programs. The American Planning Association has a scholarships and fellowships website as well.