Financial Aid

Financial Assistance for UPPP Graduate Student Programs

The financial assistance for graduate students differs substantially when compared to the types of funding available to undergraduate students. Graduate student funding at UCI is usually of one or more of the following types:

  • Fellowships (Internal and Extramural Grants)
  • Federal and/or Private Loans
  • Teaching and Research Assistant Employment Opportunities

The Urban Planning and Public Policy department offers merit-based funding to both Ph.D. and master's students. Many Ph.D. students receive multi-year financial support packages at the time of admission. Ph.D. students are supported by departmental fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Master's students are eligible for departmental fellowships and for a limited number of teaching and research assistantships, and will be notified of their departmental funding offer at the time of admission. 

In addition to departmental funding offers, the campus administers need-based financial support for graduate students. Information on these aid programs is available in the UCI General Catalogue. Forms and more detailed information are available on UCI's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website or by calling 949-824-8262.

"To be considered for federal loan programs, all domestic (e.g., non-foreign) graduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Similarly, if you are offered a UCI fellowship and you are a U.S. resident, you must complete a FAFSA prior to receiving any funding." For more details, review the Office of Financial Aid's Entering Graduate Students page.

International students are not eligible for federal funding, thus will not submit a FAFSA. However, international students are "eligible to receive university fellowship funding and/or employment as a teaching assistant or graduate student researcher, depending on the availability of funds and determination of the student's academic units." UCI Grad Division's Funding for International Students webpage for funding procedures and resources. 

Graduate students in Urban Planning and Public Policy are also highly competitive candidates for fellowships, scholarships, and awards from a variety of organizations and agencies, including:

  • American Planning Association, Orange County, Bob Goldin Memorial Scholarships
  • American Planning Association, Orange County Chapter Student Paper Award
  • California Planning Foundation Scholarships
  • Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Scholarships
  • California Sustainable Leadership Fellowship
  • Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship
  • Great Valley Center Fellowship
  • Lincoln Land Institute Fellowship
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Dissertation Award
  • Ben Stevens Dissertation Fellowship of the North American Regional Science Association
  • Fannie Mae Foundation Prize for Best Student Paper, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Urban Affairs Association Emerging Scholar Award
  • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Fellowship
  • Presidential Management Internship
  • Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship
  • Association of Environmental Professionals Scholarship
  • UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowships
  • UC Global Food Initiative Fellowships
  • California Transportation Foundation Scholarships
  • American Planning Association Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship
  • American Planning Association Planning and Law Division Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition Awards
  • American Planning Association Tranportation Division Student Paper Competition Awards
  • American Planning Association Economic Development Division Holzheimer Memorial Scholarship
  • UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Fellowships
  • Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowships
  • American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter Scholarships
  • Railway Association of Southern California Scholarships
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarships

Applying for external fellowships, scholarships, and awards is strongly encouraged as a means to meeting your educational and living expenses. Plan ahead, allow enough time to identify fellowship opportunities and to prepare application materials. The application itself is an important component of academic and professional development. The process of articulating your academic and professional goals will help you prepare your credentials for future endeavors.