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Financial Resources


There are a variety of resources available to students in our graduate and undergraduate programs, including Fellowships, Scholarships, and GRAs. Below are some of the funding opportunities available to students in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. Information on tuition and fees can be found here.

In-state Tuition for Residents of Western States

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

One of the best financial options available to students in the western states is the Western Regional Graduate Program. Part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), the WRGP offers in-state tuition to PSU students currently living in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, SD, UT, WA, WY. All three of the TSUSP programs (MURP, MUS, and PhD) are eligible for this benefit. For more information, visit the WICHE website. Students must be full-time, in good academic standing, and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies. Application forms should be submitted as soon as you receive notice of admission from PSU Admissions, if not before. Forms are available here.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

A limited number of TSUSP GRAs are awarded for the academic year as part of the admissions process.  These assistantships provide 9 credits of tuition remission and a monthly stipend.  In addition, assistantships are also available through ongoing and special projects of individual faculty members and research centers that are affiliated with the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the College of Urban and Public Affairs.  These include:

Center for Urban Studies
Center for Transportation Studies
Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies
Population Research Center
Institute on Aging

Note: Students should contact faculty about possible projects directly.

Visit the Graduate Assistantships page for more information.

General information about University Graduate Assistantships is available here.


Deadlines for scholarships differ and are due well ahead of the start of the academic year. Please check deadlines at your earliest opportunity.

College of Urban and Public Affairs Scholarships and Awards

A list of all scholarships currently being offered by CUPA is available here.

To apply for these scholarships, please visit the PSU Scholarship online application system.  

Please note: Even if you are not yet accepted into a program in the College of Urban and Public Affairs but have submitted an application you are still elligible to apply for scholarships.  The deadline for the scholarship application in many cases is before the departments make their decisions about who they are accepting, which means if you wait to find out if you were accepted first the chance to apply for scholarship support may have already passed.

Please contact with any CUPA scholarship related questions.

•    UPA Memorial Scholarship
This award is given annually to outstanding undergraduate students in the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

•   Yaden Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
This award is given annually to full-time undergraduate students in the College of Urban and Public Affairs with a 3.0 GPA and financial need. 

•   State Treasurer Urban Pioneer Award
This scholarship is awarded to a Graduate or Undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Urban & Public Affairs who is a 1st generation student or a student returning to school at a later point in their life.

PSU Scholarship Handbook

 A "must have" document for all students, the PSU Scholarship Handbook offers information and application deadlines for more than 100 PSU scholarships, arranged by department.

PSU Diversity Scholarships

The Diversity and Multicultural Student Services office maintains a complete notebook of scholarships aimed at attracting outstanding students from diverse backgrounds.

PSU Advising & Career Services

The ASC, located in the University Services Building, is an advising center for PSU students. This office offers access to the College Cost Explorer Fund Finder database.

Graduate Students: visit the Graduate Scholarships page for more information about scholarships and fellowships.

Other Funding Resources

Portland State University
•    Academically-Controlled Auxiliary Activities (AAA) Fund

This fund, an allocation of the student fee committee, helps support activities not ordinarily funded through other university resources.  AAA supports travel for PSU students who participate in faculty-governed scholarly conferences (reading papers, participating in panels, or giving creative presentations).  Reimbursement for expenses associated with travel, lodging, and conference registration fees. Form is available here.

•    Sustainability at PSU
PSU’s Sustainability Mission:  “To serve as a leading academic laboratory for developing sustainable processes and practices using multi-disciplinary approaches in partnership with business, government, and other organizations.” The $25 million Miller grant focuses on PSU’s academic, research and engagement activities in sustainability.  A variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships are available to students. Visit the Institute for Sustainable Solutions website for more information.

Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC)
The OSAC is the state student financial aid agency for Oregon. Their web site offers a wealth of financial aid and scholarship information and visitors can apply online for both Federal and Oregon programs through the FAFSA and the OSAC ESA. The OSAC also administers over 150 Private Award & Business Scholarship Programs. (The OSAC was formerly known as the "Oregon State Scholarship Commission (OSSC).")

Loan Repayment for Public Work
The government maintains a loan forgiveness program for 10 years of service as a public employee. This program would apply to many TSUSP graduates who take jobs in the public or non-profit sectors. Visit for more information.

Potential Funding Sources for Urban Studies Dissertations & Theses