Financial Resources

Financial Resources at TSUSP

There are a variety of resources available to students in our graduate and undergraduate programs, including fellowships, scholarships, grants and graduate assistantships. Below are some of the funding opportunities available to students in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning.

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 WRGP  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.

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

A number of scholarships and fellowships are available to students at the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. These include those only for TSUSP students, those available to all CUPA students, and university wide opportunities.

Potential Funding Sources for Urban Studies Dissertations & Theses

There are a variety of funding sources available to TSUSP students for Masters Theses and Dissertation research. These include both national, state, and local grants and other funding sources.

Other Funding Resources

There are also a number of other sources of funding for your education and research at TSUSP. These include on campus employment opportunities, funding for travel to conferences, and others.

  • Graders for Large Classes. Students are hired by the department on an hourly basis each term to assist TSUSP faculty members with large enrollment classes.
  • University Studies Mentor Program. Graduate Mentors are hired as Graduate Teaching Assistants for University Studies Sophomore Inquiry classes in Portland State University’s innovative general education program.  Mentors receive graduate tuition up to 9 credits and a monthly stipend.
  • Student Educational Travel (SET grants) are student fee funded grants awarded each year to students to travel to present at conferences or to give presentations.
  • Sustainability scholarships, grants and fellowships are available to students. 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.
  • Oregon Student Assistance Commission (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 500 scholarships.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a program through the U.S. government 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.