Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid is a strong focus for the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. We realize that finances are an important consideration for students in our program. During the 2020-21 academic year, 90 percent of graduate architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design students received financial support, with financial awards ranging from $5,294 to $54,176 annually, depending on each individual's situation.

Students who expect to be reliant on any amount of scholarship support from the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to assist in the funding of their graduate studies are required to apply for financial aid no later than February 15. An application for financial aid will not influence decisions for graduate admission, so there is no penalty for seeking aid. Financial aid awards, including all scholarships, are based on considerations of academic excellence and financial need. Our policy is to provide aid to as many applicants as possible by distributing awards to more students rather than concentrating larger awards to fewer students. Scholarship funding is limited, and priority is given to candidates who meet the application deadline.

More information about scholarships can be found here.

Instructions for applying for financial aid are outlined below; for information about tuition and fees for programs in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, click here. Any specific questions or concerns regarding graduate financial aid should be directed to:

Todd Farr
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Washington University in St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Campus Box 1031
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
Phone: 314.935.3642
Fax: 314.935.6462

Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program

The Sam Fox School is excited to offer the Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program, which welcomed its first group of students in fall 2020. Through this program, the School will award 10 full-tuition scholarships each year to outstanding candidates for graduate study. Ambassadors will also receive an annual $750 travel stipend to support individual research or School-sponsored travel. The tuition waiver and stipend will be renewed annually for Ambassadors in good standing.

Ambassadors will be selected from top applicants to the following degree programs: Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. Learn more>>

Scholarships, Loans, & Assistantships

Financial aid packages awarded through the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design often consist of a combination of scholarship and loan assistance.

- Scholarships are awarded by the Graduate Scholarship Committee of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to applicants for financial aid. For a detailed list of available scholarships, click here.

- Federal student loans are available to students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents (if they 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.

- Graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, but these assistanships are not guaranteed. Students apply for assistantships after they have arrived on campus. Typically, teaching assistants are drawn from graduate students who have been in the School for at least one semester and have done well academically.

Assistantship selection is coordinated through the Dean's Office and is done in the semester preceding the semester the student serves as a TA. Recipients 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. Assistantship awards are paid biweekly as salary during the semester of the award (i.e., not as a deduction from tuition owed for that semester). A number of research assistantships may also be offered annually; however, the number of positions will vary depending on the volume of current projects being pursued by faculty members.


Applicants for financial aid who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents must submit the federal government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be completed online at When completing the FAFSA, please include Washington University's code (002520) in Step 6 of the form to ensure that financial data will be received as needed.

Citizens of other countries who do not hold U.S. Permanent Residence status must submit an International Student Application for Graduate Financial Aid. Click here to download the pdf version of the 2021-22 form.


Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the fall semester must submit their financial aid application form by February 15. Applicants for financial aid who plan to enroll in the spring semester must submit their financial aid application form by October 1. Summer school financial aid applications for returning students must be submitted by February 1. All students must reapply annually for financial aid.