Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning offers Graduate Assistantships for students who assist with faculty research and community projects, or who work in placements with nonprofit and local government agencies. Assistantships provide tuition remission in addition to a small monthly stipend. The number of positions available each year depends on University funding as well as external grants and contracts. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.

To apply:

After completing an application for admission, individuals who would also like to be considered for an assistantship should submit the following material:

  • A statement of 500 words that describes how your specific skill sets, educational background, and past experiences make you qualified for an assistantship and how you will balance the demands of full-time graduate coursework with the responsibilities of an assistantship
  • 2 letters of reference from former professors and/or employers (If reference letters are uploaded with your application for admission, you do not need to send separate letters for the GA application.)

Deadline: In order to receive full consideration for Graduate Assistantships, applications must be received by March 1.

Note: Graduate Assistantships are not typically available for students beginning their studies in the Spring semester.

Graduate Assistantship application material should be sent directly to the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning at the following address or emailed to cityplanning@memphis.edu:

Graduate Coordinator

City & Regional Planning
107 Browning Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Housing and Community Development Fellowship

HCD fellowships are administered through the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy. These are graduate assistantships that are funded through a partnership with the City's Division of Housing and Community Development. The fellowship requires 20 hours per week of work with an outside agency (including local government agencies and non-profit community development organizations) in exchange for full tuition remission and a small monthly stipend.

These positions are funded separately from our departmental GA positions and require a separate application. Additional information and a link to the online application can be found here. 

International Student Merit Scholarships

The University of Memphis (UofM) selectively awards competitive merit-based scholarships for newly admitted degree-seeking international students on an F-1 visa taking classes on campus. Additional information and a link to the online application can be found here. 

Urban Fellows (City of Memphis)

The City of Memphis Urban Fellows Program provides local college students and recent graduates the opportunity to intern within the City of Memphis Government. Interns receive challenging projects to complete in areas of the City that they are interested in.  Urban Fellows work between 15 and 28 hours per week alongside their assigned mentor(s) and division. Three internship sessions are hosted a year, one in the spring, summer, and fall. This program is administered by the City of Memphis, not by the University.  Additional information can be found here.

Tuition Savings Program for Students

The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for students in the 16 Southern Regional Education Board member states who want to pursue degrees in fields that are not offered by their in-state institutions. These students enroll in out-of-state universities that offer the specialized degree programs, and they pay only the in-state tuition rates. Visit the Academic Common Market for more information.
Federal Financial Aid

For information about obtaining Federal Financial Aid, including Stafford and Perkins loans, visit the University of Memphis Student Financial Aid homepage.