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Graduate Financial Aid

The Knowlton School supports the majority of its graduate students throughout their studies. Approximately 70% of all Master of Architecture (M.Arch) students receive funding through fellowships, scholarships, or GA positions. The majority of 2nd and 3rd year Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) students receive a GA position and 1st year MLA students have the opportunity to receive a scholarship or potentially a GA position based on experience. Almost all of our Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) students participate in paid internships. The majority of our Ph.D. students are funded through GA appointments.

All applicants and students will be considered for program funding. For applicants to the programs, decisions are made based on application materials submitted for admission. Awards for applicants are announced in February-March, though awards may continue to be made through the summer. Returning students will be awarded aid based on performance in the program, and these awards are typically announced in June.


The OSU Graduate School awards a number of fellowships to incoming students each year through a university-wide competition.  During their first year of study, fellows receive a full tuition and fee waiver, a monthly stipend, and a health insurance subsidy. In subsequent years, Knowlton School Fellows typically receive funding through the school

Applicants wishing to be considered for fellowship nomination must submit their complete application for admission to the academic program by January 1. Note that students seeking fellowships do not submit any materials in addition to the standard admission application.

University Fellowship

  • Open to domestic and international applicants
  • GPA - Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or 88% on another scale)

Graduate Enrichment Fellowship

  • Open to U.S. citizens who contribute to the diversity of the program
  • GPA - Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

 Additional Information | Details can be found on the Graduate School’s website:


Graduate Associate (GA) appointments are of three types: Graduate Administrative Associates (GAA’s), Graduate Research Associates (GRA’s), and Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA’s). GAs with a 25% appointment work ten hours a week, receive a half tuition and partial fee waiver as well as a current monthly stipend of $960. GAs with a 50% GA appointment work twenty hours a week and receive a full tuition and partial fee waiver and a current monthly stipend of $1,920. Select GAs are also part of the Office Associates program, a student sponsorship plan that provides students with direct exposure to practitioners. The M.Arch and MLA sections typically award 25% positions. The PhD program funds the majority of their students at the 50% level. MCRP students do not typically have GA positions within the school as they participate in internships. Some MCRP students may obtain GA positions in planning-related areas within OSU.

New students may be awarded a GTA or GAA position based on a review of admissions applications and no additional application is needed. Current students are awarded GAA and GTA positions based on performance. GRA positions are typically decided by individual faculty who have available funding. Students are welcome to seek out GA positions in other departments on campus by contacting departments directly. Some areas that have hired Knowlton students in the past include ACCAD, Wexner Center for the Arts, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, Center for Aviation Studies, OSU Airport, and Kirwan Institute for Gender, Race and Ethnicity. Planning-related areas are typically on our MCRP Internship partners list and will receive our resume book of MCRP students seeking internships.

Graduate Associateship Appointment Benefits*

(Based on a 9-month Appointment for the 2019-2020 academic year)


25% GA Appointment


50% GA Appointment

       Non-Resident       Ohio Resident      Non-Resident       Ohio Resident
Cost of Tuition & Fees   $35,439   $12,935   $35,439   $12,935

GA Tuition & Fees Award   $16,955   $6,474   $34,942   $12,935
GA Stipend Award   $8,640   $8,640   $17,280   $17,280

Remaining Cost of Tuition & Fees   $9,844   -$2,179   -$16,783   -$17,280

*Cost of tuition and fees are based on the current rates for the 2018-2019 academic year and include the cost for 2 semesters (fall and spring) for a full-time graduate student in the Knowlton School. Different rates apply for post-candidacy PhD students. The stipend amounts listed are according to the new stipend rates for the 2019-2020 academic year policy for a 2 semester appointment. Both tuition and fee rates and stipend rates are subject to change for the upcoming academic year. The stipend award amount listed is calculated before taxes and other deductions. Stipend amounts are based on the current rate of $960/month for a 25% GA and $1,920/month for a 50% GA distributed over a 9-month period.

Additional Information | Graduate School’s website:


All students are considered for scholarships through the Knowlton School either based on an applicant’s application or on a current student’s performance. Students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship through the university can fill out the application for special scholarships through and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 


Students enrolled in the Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program typically complete an internship as a requirement of the program. A vast majority of the internships are off-campus in planning-related agencies. New students must complete any admission conditions prior to being eligible for an internship and current students must be in good standing to have an internship. Due to visa restrictions, international students may not participate in an internship off-campus until completing one year of study in the U.S. and as a result typically complete their internship requirement in the second year.

Prior to the beginning of each term, the MCRP Internship Coordinator will send out resumes to our internship partners. It is not guaranteed that all students will obtain an internship through the program’s facilitation, though most do. Instructions on this process are sent to applicants once admission is accepted. Students can also seek out internships on their own provided that the internship is planning-related and approved by our Internship Coordinator. Forms are located on the MCRP Internship Program’s Buckeyebox folder. New students are given access to the folder after our offer of admission has been accepted. Though some internships may be unpaid, the majority of our students participate in paid internships, typically earning $13-$18.50/hour. 

Additional Information | MCRP Internship Program page:


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