Financial Aid

Students at the American Planners Association Conference

Students at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation finance their education through a wide variety of options. The University of Maryland Office of Student Financial Aid assists students in obtaining need-based aid. To supplement need-based aid, the School offers many merit-based scholarships and awards. Some of this merit-based aid is dedicated to study-abroad and travel programs.

Scholarships and Awards

The Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development programs each have criteria for awarding scholarships and awards. Current scholarships and awards for each program are posted in the following sections.  


Architecture Scholarships

Urban Studies and Planning Scholarships

Historic Preservation Scholarships

Real Estate Development Scholarships

PhD Funding Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a number of graduate and teaching assistantships each semester. Appointments are considered on the basis of academic and professional qualifications.


Appointments typically carry a stipend of approximately $3,200 and five (5) credits of tuition remission; however, some positions provide a higher stipend and more credits of tuition remission. Graduate and teaching assistants (GAs and TAs) are charged the in-state rate for tuition credits not covered by tuition remission. GAs and TAs are required to sign a contract and work 10 hours per week (or more depending on the position) for the contract period. This includes hours during the GA/TA workweek prior to the start of each semester to make up for hours during the break.


For more information about assistantships, contact the director for your program of interest.

Other Financial Aid Resources

This list of funding opportunities is for information only, and it is not exhaustive. Other opportunities not listed here may also be available.