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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Our School provides a wide range of financial aid programs to attempt to lower education costs for our students.

Merit-based financial aid is given primarily through fellowships and graduate research or teaching assistantships. These are awarded competitively based on applicant and returning student credentials. All MCRP, MS-GIST, and Ph.D. applicants who submit 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). A separate financial aid application is required. The application process operates on a separate schedule.


Our School awards a variety of fellowships. 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, or they may be made without work expectation.

Frederick K. Bell Fellowships support MCRP students in memory of the Atlanta and South Carolina planner.

Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Lopez Fellowships support MCRP students working in areas of land development, transportation, and urban design.

Thera Richter Fellowships support female MCRP students in memory of Tech’s first female master’s degree holder.

Thomas D. Galloway Fellowships are supported by an endowment created in the name of City Planning Scholar and College of Design Dean Thomas D. Galloway.

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

GTAs and GRAs

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

Other areas on campus, including the research centers, hire GRAs and GTAs on a semester basis. It is possible to work as a GRA or GTA without receiving an assistantship with your admissions offer, though it is not a guarantee.

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, MS-GIST 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.

Arranging a co-op is the responsibility of the student pursuing one. It is an excellent option for funding your education while obtaining practical experience.

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. States currently approving the MCRP or City Planning Ph.D. for out-of-state tuition waiver can be found on the Academic Common Market website.

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. Aid opportunities include:

  • 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.
  • Several graduate level general fellowships are available, including President’s Fellowships, President’s Minority Fellowships, and Goizueta Fellowships.

Outside Funding Opportunities

There are a number of outside funding opportunities available to students on a competitive basis. Each week the School sends a newsletter that lists these opportunities as the School becomes aware of them.


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