Finance your education! There are many different ways that students can finance their Master of Public Administration degree. Check out the resources on this page to help you find the best option to finance your education.
Featured Financial Aid
The Master of Public Administration offers exclusive financial aid opportunities to its students in the form of scholarships and a graduate assistantship. All MPA students, both new and current, are eligible to apply for these financial aid opportunities.
Reporting Outside Funding
Tuition benefits are managed through the MPA program, even if the assistantship or fellowship is funded by another area of the college or division. Students with a graduate research assistantship (GRA/GA), teaching assistantship (TA), or graduate fellow (GF) from other departments will need the MPA program manager to seek approval from the Graduate School for students earning benefit outside of their academic department.
For students earning their tuition benefit support from another area, please complete this form and submit to MPA program manager.
Many departments at the University of Utah offer graduate assistantships. MPA students are encouraged to research and apply for available opportunities. Many assistantships can be located by searching for "graduate assistant" in the University of Utah's employment database.
Grants and Loans
MPA students commonly use grants and loans to help finance their degree. Use the link below to access more information about eligibility and applications.
Explore the University of Utah's Financial Aid Database to find more great options to help you fund your studies!
MPA Graduate Assistantship
The MPA Graduate Assistantship provides awardees with the opportunity to work with
department leadership in program management and student recruitment. The assistantship
requires 20 hours per week, except for school breaks and holidays.
In return, the graduate assistant is eligible for a full tuition waiver (excluding differential tuition) and an additional stipend to cover other costs. Stipend amounts may vary, depending on funding, but will usually amount to approximately $20,000 per academic year, paid out biweekly.
The application process for the graduate assistantship is highly competitive due to the extraordinary opportunities provided to the awardee. Students interested in applying for the assistantship may submit an online application using the link provided below.
Application deadline: January 15th
Commitment: 20 hours/week working, not including holidays and breaks
Award: Full tuition waiver, stipend
The MPA scholarship provides a small amount of financial aid to awardees. To apply, you must be a current student, or applying to the MPA program. Click the link below to access the application!
Application deadline: March 1st
Commitments: No commitments necessary
Award: Small financial award, amount varies based on funding