Merit-based Aid & Fellowships

Be rewarded for your achievements

SPEA offers merit-based awards, assistantships, fellowships, tuition remission, and volunteer benefits to assist graduate students in financing their education. Available funding options vary by program—see what options we provide for the degree you are pursuing.

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

We offer incoming students a generous amount of merit aid through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 40 percent of incoming students receive merit-based aid awards from SPEA.

To apply

Submit your complete application by our February 1 priority application dedline and check the appropriate box in Section V of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.

How to Apply Complete the Departmental Questions form

The decision process

If you apply by our February 1 priority application deadline, you will automatically be considered for all SPEA merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

SPEA merit-based aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our February 1 priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

Our Service Corps Fellowships combine merit-based aid with real-world experience.

Learn more about Service Corps

We value the experiences Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Teach for America alumni bring to our classrooms and officially recognize your experiences with volunteer benefits. You will receive a 3-credit hour reduction per year of service (maximum reduction is 6 credits). A 3-credit hour reduction saves more than $1,500 for a resident and more than $3,800 for a non-resident.

Learn more about Volunteer Benefits

We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here in SPEA. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between ten and fifteen hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise.

Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) & MPA-MSES

We offer incoming students a generous amount of merit aid through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 40 percent of incoming students receive merit-based aid awards from SPEA.

To apply

Submit your complete application by our February 1 priority application dedline and check the appropriate box in Section V of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.

How to Apply Complete the Departmental Questions form

The decision process

If you apply by our February 1 priority application deadline, you will automatically be considered for all SPEA merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

SPEA merit-based aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our February 1 priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

Our Service Corps Fellowships combine merit-based aid with real-world experience.

Learn more about Service Corps

We value the experiences Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Teach for America alumni bring to our classrooms and officially recognize your experiences with volunteer benefits. You will receive a 3-credit hour reduction per year of service (maximum reduction is 6 credits). A 3-credit hour reduction saves more than $1,500 for a resident and more than $3,800 for a non-resident.

Learn more about Volunteer Benefits

We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here in SPEA. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between ten and fifteen hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise.

Master of Environmental Sustainability (MES)

We offer incoming students a generous amount of merit aid through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 40 percent of incoming students receive merit-based aid awards from SPEA.

To apply

Submit your complete application by our February 1 priority application dedline and check the appropriate box in Section V of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.

How to Apply Complete the Departmental Questions form

The decision process

If you apply by our February 1 priority application deadline, you will automatically be considered for all SPEA merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

SPEA merit-based aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our February 1 priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

We value the experiences Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Teach for America alumni bring to our classrooms and officially recognize your experiences with volunteer benefits. You will receive a 3-credit hour reduction per year of service (maximum reduction is 6 credits). A 3-credit hour reduction saves more than $1,500 for a resident and more than $3,800 for a non-resident.

Learn more about Volunteer Benefits

We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here in SPEA. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between ten and fifteen hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise.

Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM)

We offer incoming students a generous amount of merit aid through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 40 percent of incoming students receive merit-based aid awards from SPEA.

To apply

Submit your complete application by our February 1 priority application dedline and check the appropriate box in Section V of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.

How to Apply Complete the Departmental Questions form

The decision process

If you apply by our February 1 priority application deadline, you will automatically be considered for all SPEA merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

SPEA merit-based aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our February 1 priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here in SPEA. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between ten and fifteen hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise.

Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) and MAAA-MPA

We offer incoming students a generous amount of merit aid through a competitive award process each spring—approximately 40 percent of incoming students receive merit-based aid awards from SPEA.

To apply

Submit your complete application by our February 1 priority application dedline and check the appropriate box in Section V of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.

How to Apply Complete the Departmental Questions form

The decision process

If you apply by our February 1 priority application deadline, you will automatically be considered for all SPEA merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.

Award notification

SPEA merit-based aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions—your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After our February 1 priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award in mid-March.

The Arts Corps program partners with local and campus arts organizations to create arts-based fellowships for graduate students. Arts Corps fellows are selected through an application and interview process with each organization. Positions range from 10 to 15 hours per week.

Learn more about Arts Corps

Many Arts Corps positions are funded through the federal work-study program. For work study positions, students must submit the FAFSA and qualify for federal work study aid.

Learn more about the FAFSA

We offer many graduate and teaching assistantship positions throughout the academic year right here in SPEA. These positions support classroom instruction, faculty research, and administrative functions. Graduate and teaching assistants typically work between ten and fifteen hours per week and are paid at an hourly rate. We will notify students of these opportunities as they arise. 

I was very fortunate to have multiple fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships that helped finance my SPEA education.

Jessica Corry, MPA’14 Nonprofit Management, Specialized Concentration in International Human Rights Policy & Advocacy