There are several sources of academic funding available to students of the program, including financial aid, research assistantships, scholarships, and travel grants.

Financial Aid

The University of Florida’s Office of Student Financial Affairs offers a full range of student loan and work-study programs, as well as additional assistance on a competitive basis to minorities, women in “non-traditional” fields, and students with outstanding academic backgrounds.

Research Assistantships

Because we have such an active research program, most students in the department receive financial aid in the form of research assistantships. Selection for assistantships is competitive. These positions involve part-time work, usually from 10 to 20 hours a week, with faculty supervision. Students receive an hourly wage plus a partial tuition waiver. In addition, during their required professional internship experience, students are typically paid by the host agency.

By submitting your application by the Priority Funding deadline, financial assistance from within the Department will be considered at the time of application review; a separate application for departmental financial assistance is not necessary.

Scholarships & Grants

There are scholarship and fellowship opportunities for incoming and existing students through the Department and through outside funding sources, such as the American Planning Association.  Students may become members of the American Planning Association at no cost.

Judith Mucci Scholarship Fund
This tuition scholarship is awarded to an incoming student of outstanding professional promise from the East Central Florida Area.

APA Foundation Scholarship 
One facet of the APA Foundation’s mission is advancing social equity in the profession and in our communities. In support of this mission, the Foundation is launching the APA Foundation Scholarship. Recipients of the APA Foundation Scholarship will advance social equity in the profession and demonstrate academic success. For more information, visit:

APA Division Scholarships
Six APA Divisions award scholarships and fellowships to qualified planning graduate students. For more information, visit:

UF Travel Awards and Grants
Travel to conferences, symposia and special research opportunities is essential to your academic and professional development as a graduate student engaged in research, and there are resources on campus to help you take advantage of it. The UF Graduate School coordinates travel funding for the Graduate School, Office of Research, and Graduate Student Council. For more information, visit:
In addition, the Department and the San Felasco Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-FL) offer travel grants to the annual conference.

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