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Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design: Scholarships & Financial Aid

We recognize that financial support is an important part of your graduate school decision-making process, and we are committed to providing assistance to as many students as possible.
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Applications for financial aid are due February 15.

To be eligible for scholarships, teaching assistantships, and/or student loan assistance, you must apply for financial aid. Support is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Applying for scholarships and financial aid has no bearing on admissions decisions. Early applications are encouraged.

How do I apply for financial aid?

For U.S. Citizens + Permanent Residents
U.S. applicants for financial aid should submit the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be completed online at In step 6 of the form, include Washington University’s code: 002520. You must reapply annually for this aid.
For International Students
Citizens of other countries who do not hold U.S. Permanent Residence status should submit this downloadable International Student Application for Graduate Financial Aid (pdf).


94% of students in our graduate architecture programs received financial support in 2021-22, ranging from $5,000 to $55,586 annually.

Scholarships & Fellowships

UNIVERSITY-WIDE SCHOLARSHIPS (separate applications + deadlines apply)

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

  • Full-tuition award
  • $36,720 annual stipend + $1,500 educational allowance
  • For students interested in careers in academia

Separate application required

Deadline: January 25

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study

  • Full-tuition award
  • $36,720 annual stipend + $600 travel award
  • For women in graduate study desiring to serve and lead at the highest levels of society

Separate application required

Deadline: January 25

McDonnell International Scholars Academy

  • Full-tuition award
  • $29,000 annual stipend + travel opportunities
  • For students with the academic promise to become future leaders in their field

Separate application required

Deadline: January 31

SAM FOX SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS (applicants are automatically considered for these awards; no separate applications required, except where noted)

Sam Fox Ambassadors

  • Full-tuition award
  • Travel stipend
  • Recognizes outstanding candidates for graduate study across all Sam Fox School programs

Danforth Scholars Program

  • 75% tuition award
  • Recognizes potential for University contributions and early professional promise

Director's Full-Tuition Award

  • Full-tuition award
  • Recognizes a student with an exceptional academic record, portfolio, and professional promise

Asian Scholarship Fund

  • Full-tuition award
  • A merit-based scholarship for students from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam

Honorary Scholarships for Returning Students

  • Acknowledges outstanding academic performance

AIA St. Louis Scholarships

  • Partial scholarship, from $1,500 to $12,000
  • For graduates of St. Louis high schools who meet work and other eligibility requirements.

Separate application required.

Contact Todd Farr, for information

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, but they are not guaranteed. Assistantships are typically awarded to students who have been in the School for at least one semester and have done well academically.

TAs assist our faculty with design, graphics, structures, computer, and lecture courses. Studio teaching assistant positions are filled by students who have been identified as qualified candidates based on their cumulative academic record and design studio accomplishment at Washington University.

Students may apply for assistantships after they have arrived on campus. TA selection is coordinated through the Dean’s Office and is done in the semester preceding the one in which the student will serve as a TA. TAs are paid biweekly as a salary during the semester of the award (i.e., not as a deduction from tuition owed for that semester).

Research assistantships may also be offered annually. The number of positions will vary depending on the volume of current projects being pursued by faculty members.

Loan Assistance

Federal guaranteed loans are available to students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who meet all eligibility requirements and who have submitted the FAFSA. Loans available to graduate students include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Key Deadlines For Returning Students

Jan 31, 2022

Summer 2022 Deadline for Returning Students

For all returning Sam Fox School graduate students who are applying for aid to support summer school.

Feb 15, 2022

Fall 2022 Deadline for Returning Students

For all applicants and returning students in the MArch, MLA, MSAAD, MSAS, and MUD programs who are seeking aid for the upcoming academic year.