Financial Aid

The Urban Planning and Public Policy department offers merit-based funding to both master's and Ph.D. students. Many Ph.D. students receive multi-year financial support packages at the time of admission. Ph.D. students are supported by fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Our Ph.D. students also have received prestigious fellowships from national organizations such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Lincoln Land Institute. Our master's students can obtain attractive financial support that meets and often exceeds what is available at competitor institutions. Master's students are eligible for fellowships and for a limited number of teaching and research assistantships.

Graduate students in Urban Planning and Public Policy have been recognized with numerous fellowships and awards, including:

American Planning Association, Orange County Chapter Student Paper Award
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

In addition to departmental financial aid, the campus provides opportunities for financial aid to both master's and Ph.D. students. Information on these aid programs is available in the UCI General Catalog. Forms and more detailed information are available at the Financial Aid Office site or by calling 949-824-8262.

Many master's students are supported through part-time employment or internships at local public agencies and private consulting firms. Internships offer invaluable hands-on experience and opportunities to establish professional contacts.