Finances

There are a variety of funding opportunities available for Master of Urban Planning students. Please see below to learn more about the opportunities. Applicants applying to the MUP program for entry in autumn quarter will automatically be considered for funding for which they are eligible. No additional application is needed to be considered for funding.

Fellowships

The Master of Urban Planning program expects to offer a total of five fellowships to admitted applicants for their first year in the program. The fellowships are available through partnerships with the Department of Urban Design and Planning and:

  • the University of Washington Graduate School’s Top Scholar Awards (TSA). The primary goal of the TSA is to help recruit outstanding students to the University of Washington by building competitive financial packages for top student prospects. The awards are highly competitive and given to the top-ranked applicants in the MUP candidate pool.
  • the University of Washington Graduate Opportunity and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP).  GO-MAP is committed to serving the needs of underrepresented graduate students of color to enhance equity and graduate student success. The awards are granted based on academic merit, diversity contribution, financial need, and overall rank in the MUP candidate pool.

The fellowship appointments with both TSA and GO-MAP provide a monthly stipend and tuition waivers for one academic year (9 months).

No additional application is needed to be considered for the fellowships. Applicants who are selected for funding will be notified by the MUP Admissions Committee in February or March.

Recruitment Awards

The Master of Urban Planning program expects to offer two recruitment awards to admitted, out-of-state applicants. The recruitment awards will be offered as a monthly stipend for one academic year (9 months) for their first year in the program, and come with a waiver for out-of-state tuition (recipients will still need to pay in-state tuition).  Awards will be granted based on out-of-state status, overall rank in the MUP candidate pool and financial need.

No additional application is needed to be considered for the fellowships. Applicants who are selected for funding will be notified by the MUP Admissions Committee in February or March.

Tuition Awards

The Master of Urban Planning program expects to nominate up to three admitted applicants for a tuition award through the University of Washington Graduate Opportunity and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP).  GO-MAP encourages the nomination of underrepresented minority graduate students who have achieved academic merit despite significant social, economic, and/or educational challenges (i.e., first generation or those whose educational training has not exposed them to a wide array of resources). They are based on academic merit, diversity contribution, financial need, and rank in the MUP candidate pool, and range from partial to full tuition support for up to three quarters. The funding allocation is based on GO-MAP’s available resources, which vary from year to year.

Applicants who are selected for nomination will be contacted by the MUP Admissions Committee in February or March.

Scholarships

The Department of Urban Design and Planning expects to offer up to three recruitment scholarships to admitted applicants. These scholarships are allocated to the Department by the College of Built Environments and vary from year to year. They are typically one-time awards that are usually applied to the recipients’ tuition accounts in autumn quarter of their first year. The amount can range from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The criteria varies per scholarship.

No additional application is needed to be considered for the scholarships. Applicants who are selected for funding will be notified by the MUP Admissions Committee in February or March.

Furthermore, all enrolled MUP students can apply for Departmental scholarships for their second year in the program. These are one-time awards that are usually applied to the recipients’ tuition accounts in autumn quarter of their second year. Scholarships vary each year, but can range from $1,000 – $9,000. In recent years, about half of the students who applied for scholarships received one.

UW Graduate School Funding

Admitted applicants and currently enrolled students are encouraged to view the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) funding resource page.

On this page, you will find a link to the GFIS Funding Resources Guide and the GFIS funding blog, through which some of our MUP students have had success applying for and receiving funding for opportunities listed here.

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Diversity Funding Opportunities

There are a couple of diversity-specific awards offered by the Department of Urban Design and Planning that are available to students who meet each award’s specific criteria: the fellowship appointments and tuition awards, both offered in partnership with the Graduate Opportunity and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP). Please see accordion tabs above to learn more about these opportunities.

Furthermore, GO-MAP maintains a page for Diversity Finding Opportunities on their website.

Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships

Research assistant (RA) or hourly positions may become available to enrolled students during the course of the academic year, depending on faculty projects and available grant support. These positions typically go to second year students, although may go to first year students if there is a good match in skills and interests. In the event that a first year student secures an RA or hourly position, it is most likely to occur during the academic year (rather than prior to entering the program).

Similarly, teaching assistant (TA) opportunities are available to MUP students if the student has the required skills and if a position is open. Typically, PhD students in the Department have priority to teach, but MUP students may become a TA if a PhD student cannot be identified. In this event, most often, but not always, TA’s go to second year students.

Available positions in the Department are advertised to currently enrolled students via an email listserv. Also, some RA’s and TA’s are directly coordinated between the faculty member and student, with the Department’s approval.

Furthermore, MUP students can apply for RA’s and TA’s in other departments on campus.

Because RA and TA opportunities are variable depending on faculty projects, grant support, and other criteria, they are not considered a guaranteed source of funding for master’s students.

Internships & Part-Time Employment

Many of our MUP students work part-time in planning-related jobs or internships to supplement their income. Internship and job announcements are routinely announced to MUP students via an email listserv. Opportunities are also posted on the Department’s LinkedIn page. The Department recommends that students do not exceed working 20 hours a week. Most first year students find that they have room in their schedule to work part-time starting in spring quarter of their first year and beyond.

International Students

The MUP program expects to nominate one admitted international applicant for an International Student Tuition Waiver for their first academic year (9 months) in the MUP program. Recipients will still need to pay tuition for their second year in the program. The tuition waivers are granted by the University of Washington Graduate School. The MUP program will nominate an applicant based on their overall rank in the MUP candidate pool.

Beyond this, international applicants are typically eligible for all other Departmental funding opportunities, including fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, scholarships, etc., as described in the accordion tabs above. However, because funding for MUP students is not guaranteed, it is crucial that international students be prepared to fully fund their education.

For further information, please see the University of Washington Graduate School’s page on international student financial ability requirement.

Federal Financial Aid

Many MUP students rely on loans to finance their education. All U.S. applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a FAFSA for federal financial aid. For further information about the FAFSA, please see www.fafsa.gov.

For further information about UW financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Tuition

The estimated cost for one year tuition and fees for full-time enrollment during the academic year 2016-2017, assuming enrollment during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters:

Resident tuition and fees: $17,976
Nonresident tuition and fees: $31,212

A complete list of tuition rates, student fees and a per-credit-hour breakdown of tuition rates is available at the University of Washington’s Office of Planning & Budgeting website.

MUP students pay the equivalent of Graduate Tier III tuition.