Financial Aid

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Our School regularly provides among the highest discounts on cost of education among planning schools nationally through a wide range of financial aid programs. Merit-based financial aid is primarily through fellowships, graduate research or teaching assistantships and co-ops. These are awarded competitively based on applicant and returning student credentials.  All MCRP, MS/GIST, MS/UD and PhD applicants who have complete applications by the announced priority deadlines are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid. 

Need-based financial aid is awarded through the Georgia Tech Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA).  Our students applying through this system who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents have been receiving 100 percent of FAFSA-determined need, most often through student loans. A separate financial aid application is required. The application process operates on a separate schedule. Please consult the OSFA web pages for deadlines, application forms and further information.


Fellowships awarded by our School range from modest awards to significant support including a monthly stipend and tuition waiver.  These programs are often funded by alumni or are made in honor or memory of important city planners who studied here or worked with the School.  They may involve work responsibilities in a lab or studio, or they may be made without work expectation.

Thomas D. Galloway Fellowships are supported by an endowment created in the name of City Planning Scholar and former College of Architecture (now College of Design) Dean Thomas D. Galloway. Recipients work part-time under faculty direction, receive a stipend, and waive the majority of their tuition.

Frederick K. Bell Fellowships are supported by an endowment created in the name of former Atlanta and South Carolina planner Frederick K. Bell. They provide funds to assist SCaRP graduate students to support their studies.

Presidential Fellowships provide a high level of multi-year support to truly outstanding doctoral students.  These are competitively awarded across the Georgia Tech campus.

Charles Brown Fellowship in Urban Design and Development honors College of Architecture (now College of Design) alumnus and Atlanta developer Charles Brown.

William Kennedy Fellowship honors the memory of Atlanta’s long time zoning administrator William Kennedy.

Thera Richter Fellowships honor the memory of the first woman to earn a graduate degree at Georgia Tech, Thera Richter (MCP ’59).

Frank Wilkinson Fellowships support students working to anticipate and solve problems of urban fringe development.

Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy Fellowship provides a high-quality professional development opportunity for aspiring transportation specialists under the guidance of Eno staff.

GTAs and GRAs

Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Research Assistants engage planning graduate students in part-time teaching or research duties under faculty direction, pay a stipend, and waive all but a limited portion of tuition.

Cooperative Work-Study (CO-OP)

Employers enter into cooperative agreements with Georgia Tech to provide on-the-job training. Students work part-time in agencies and firms in the Atlanta metro region while also studying for their MCRP or Ph.D. degree. Students work 15 hours per week while taking 12 hours of class work and receive a stipend as well as tuition assistance. Out of state students receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition.

Academic Common Market

Residents of 15 southern US states other than Georgia are potentially eligible for in-state tuition for study toward city planning graduate degrees at Georgia Tech. To review states currently approving the MCRP or City Planning Ph.D. for out-of-state tuition waiver, visit the Academic Common Market.

Georgia Tech Financial Aid

Students may also be eligible for loans, grants, scholarships, or other aid. Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial support. Here is a sample of some aid opportunities:

Out-of-state tuition waivers (allowing non-Georgia residents to pay resident tuition fees) are awarded on a competitive basis to selected students in their second year of study.

Minority students and women are eligible to participate in the Regents’ Opportunity Scholarship Program. These are renewable awards for residents of Georgia for two semesters of study.

Georgia Tech sponsors a D.C. Internship Program which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and is eligible for course credit.

Several fellowships are available, including President’s Fellowships, President’s Minority Fellowships, and Goizueta Fellowships.

Outside Funding Opportunities

APTF Scholarship Programs The Mission of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is to increase and retain the number of young professionals entering the public transportation field as a career in order to sustain growth and improvement throughout the industry.

Center For Architecture Foundation Scholarships

Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program. Students from a wide range of countries are eligible to apply for support for study in U.S graduate programs in urban and regional planning.  In most years one or more such students are supported for study in our School.

Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship (APA Scholarship Program)

EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for graduate environmental study.

Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are designed for outstanding young Indians to pursue a master’s degree program at selected US colleges.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. Students from a wide range of countries are eligible to apply for support for study in U.S graduate programs in urban and regional planning.  In most years one or more such students are supported for study in our School.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to support study by students who plan to pursue careers in the public sector.

Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded by Resources for the Future to support dissertation research on the environment, natural resources or energy.

Judith McManus Price Scholarship (APA Scholarship Program) for women and minority planning students who intend to pursue careers as practicing planners. 

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Scholarship for students with unusual promise in the fine arts.

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for graduate students interested in national policies that affect marine and coastal areas.

Latinos and Planning Division Scholarship (APA Scholarship Program)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

PEO International Peace Scholarship programs

Robert A Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Scholarship (APA Scholarship Program)

Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program. Supports dissertation work in other than the applicant’s home country.

Urban Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in Georgia State University's College of Law.

Urban Forestry Fellowship is available to one or more graduate or advanced undergraduate students studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or related courses of study with a special interest in the urban forest

World Bank Scholarship Programs

For additional fellowship opportunities, visit Policy Internships/ Fellowships for Georgia Tech students.