Taubman College

Financial Aid and Scholarships

More information on funding for Doctoral (Ph.D.) students


Master of Urban Planning Incoming Merit-Based Scholarships

All Master of Urban Planning applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. The criteria used for awarding scholarships include: the applicant's prior academic accomplishments; the applicant's potential to contribute to the Urban and Regional Planning program through coursework and extracurricular activities based on the his/her life and work experiences; and the applicant's potential to complete the program successfully and contribute to the planning profession based on his/her stated interests and career goals. Applicants are notified whether they have been offered a scholarship award in their admission letter. Scholarships can range from partial to full semesters of tuition. About one quarter to one third of incoming Master of Urban Planning students typically receive a scholarship. These financial scholarships are possible because of our generous alumni and friends of Taubman College. Because financial resources are limited, applicants are encouraged to seek out other sources of funding as well.

Master of Urban Planning Continuing Student Scholarships

The Urban Planning program currently does not award continuing student scholarships, beyond awards made at admission to the program.

Federal Financial Aid Awards (FAFSA)

The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid administers federal loan and work-study programs for graduate students. You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-U.S. citizen (permanent resident with alien registration card). You do not need to be admitted to the University before submitting the FAFSA. To apply for financial aid for Fall/Winter, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and April 30th. Although you may submit the FAFSA later (by April 30), early application is strongly advised and ensures you will be considered for all aid for which you are eligible. Be sure to list the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Federal School Code number 002325).

See the Office of Financial Aid about the various types of aid available, or download a Graduate Student Financial Aid Programs flier here.

  • Work-Study and Other Jobs: Students who work during the summers and during the academic year can make a significant contribution toward meeting their college costs. And having a job while in school may help prepare students for life after college as well. Both Work-Study and non-Work-Study jobs are available on the U-M campus and in the surrounding communities, and the Student Employment Office serves all students, whether or not they qualify for Work-Study employment.

    A Federal Work Study award is an award that allows a student to work for eligible employers on and off campus to earn money to pay for school. A student must be hired for a work study job through the Student Employment Office and earn the wages up to the specified award amount. Work Study employees are paid directly by their employer; the wages earned are NOT automatically applied towards tuition. It is the student's responsibility to manage their earnings accordingly. Work-study positions are made available through the program as hourly research assistant or administrative assistant positions. Incoming and returning students are notified of any positions available at the start of the fall term.

  • Private Loans: There are private loan options for students, such as a CitiAssist loan, a Signature loan from Sallie Mae, or an MI-LOAN. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for detailed information.

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Positions

Students may apply for a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) position after their first term at Michigan. GSI positions are limited and highly competitive. The criteria used to award GSI appointments for the Urban and Regional Planning Program include program teaching needs and applicant qualifications to meet those needs based on academic accomplishment, coursework completed, and prior professional work experience. Applicants with prior scholarship commitments may be given preference for GSI appointments (i.e., the GSI appointment may be used to satisfy a prior commitment). A GSI position includes a full tuition waiver, monthly stipend and health benefits for that term. Most Urban Planning GSIships are committed to doctoral students in the program, although several positions are typically made to MUP students each term. In addition, many GSI positions are available to non-departmental students because the departments' own students do not fill all the openings. Typically, large introductory classes in GSI-rich programs with many undergraduate majors, like Sociology, Anthropology, and History, lack graduate students to fill all their GSI positions. In the past, URP students have found positions with Economics, Statistics, Sociology, History, American Culture, Women's Studies, Communications, and foreign language instruction through the Residential College (UM undergraduate program).