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Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Financial Aid

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Through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the department is able to award a generous number of partial tuition remission scholarships each year based on each student's financial need. These scholarship awards typically average approximately 35% of the tuition. Financial need is calculated on the basis of assets, outstanding debt (including undergraduate student loans), family situations, including the family's ability to contribute, and students' obligations. Students seeking this department-based financial aid should complete the financial aid section of the electronic application for admission.

All federal and state need-based aid programs, including loans and federal work study are administered by Student Financial Services. Applications for Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Work Study may be obtained by contacting:

Student Financial Services
Dowling Hall
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Research and Teaching Assistantships

The department awards a limited number of teaching and research assistantships each year for which all students may apply. Most often teaching assistantships are assigned to second-year students who have demonstrated proficiency in a particular subject matter. Teaching assistants are expected to work 10-12 hours per week and are paid a stipend for the semester. The primary role of the teaching assistant is to organize instructional resources, and to be available for individual and group tutoring or review sessions during the semester.

Alvin Levin Fellowship

The department is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body. The Alvin Levin Fellowship provides financial assistance to prospective students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and whose enrollment in the program would enhance the diversity of our intellectual community, based on racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education.

Neighborhood Fellows Program

The Neighborhood Fellows program awards up to five full tuition scholarships each year to experienced urban leaders of color entering UEP's mid-career Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) program, which requires at least seven years of significant, relevant professional experience. Candidates may be considered for this program only after being admitted to the MPP program. M.P.P. admitted candidates may nominate themselves by submitting to the M.P.P. Director a short letter articulating how they demonstrate deep experience and significant leadership in their work with urban communities. A selection committee will review the nominations in later February and early March.