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How much will it cost to complete the program?
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How much will it cost to complete the program?

Annual in-state tuition in 2001-02 was $6180. Living and other academic expenses are approximately $8830 per year.

For a Wisconsin resident, the total cost for two years of full-time study, including living expenses, is approximately $28,438.

For a non-resident the total costs for two years of full-time study is approximately $52,350 ($35,356 in tuition for two years and $16,994 in other expenses).

For more details, see http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/FINAID/Cost.html.

What sorts of financial aid are available?

A variety of sources of financial aid are available.

1. Department assistantships. The Department of Urban Planning offers teaching assistantships and project assistantships, awarded on the basis of academic merit and skills required for the specific position being filled. Assistantships include a full waiver of tuition and a stipend of approximately $5400 - 6000 per year, depending on the type of appointment. The total value of an assistantship, including the tuition waiver is approximately $23,000 for two years of full-time study for a Wisconsin resident and $36,500 for two years of full-time study for a non-resident. Assistantships include a work requirement, usually requiring 13 hours of work per week during the academic year. Work includes assisting faculty with teaching courses, assisting faculty with their research, and assisting the program with administrative tasks related to student life and alumni/professional relations.

2. UWM Graduate School Fellowship. The Graduate School offers a limited number of fellowships for graduate study awarded on the basis of academic merit. Graduate fellowships carry a stipend of $9,000 per year plus resident tuition waiver. Unlike an assistantship, a fellowship does not require work. The Fellowship does not provide a tuition waiver.

3. UWM Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. The Graduate School offers the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOP). Approximately 40 new AOP Diversity Fellowships are awarded annually to disadvantaged members of groups underrepresented in graduate study. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: a) African American; b) Latino; c) American Indian/Alaskan Native; and d) statutorily designated Southeast Asian (a person who was admitted to the U.S. after December 31, 1975, and who is either a former citizen of Laos, Vietnam, or Cambodia or whose ancestor was or is a citizen of Laos, Vietnam, or Cambodia). All awards are for full-time study. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The fellowship stipend for the 2000-2001 academic (9-month) year was $12,000 plus resident tuition waiver.

4. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Work Study Program. UWM has twice been awarded funds to support students through the HUD Community Development Work Study Program. Students in urban planning, public administration, and urban studies are eligible. Students work 20 hours per week in a community development organization, rotating through four different placements through their two years in the program. Students earn $12.50 per hour in their work study placements and receive up to $5000 per year in tuition assistance.

5. Work study. Many students support their education through pre-professional work, such as internships and part-time employment in planning agencies. Many students find that by working in a planning agency for 10 - 15 hours per week, they are able to earn $3000 - 6000 during the academic year while gaining valuable work experience in planning.