Finance Your Education

Your graduate education is a major investment in your future. Whether you are applying to the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program or to the Master of Public Policy and Administration program, the information below will inform you about options to finance your studies.

Accelerated Master of Public Policy

The University of Massachusetts’ Financial Aid Services provides detailed information on the options available to all prospective UMass graduate students. However, financial aid options for MPP students’ graduate year are quite limited, due to the accelerated nature and relatively low cost of the program. Students should assume that financial aid is unlikely for their year at SPP. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all areas of financial aid that may be available to them, including fellowship opportunities for foreign nationals and domestic students.

Program Costs

Costs for the MPP program include tuition, university fees, health care costs and living expenses. A breakdown of all costs is available through the Bursar’s Office. When calculating tuition costs, please remember that the MPP program requires the completion of 37 credits.

 

Master of Public Policy and Administration

The University of Massachusetts’ Financial Aid Services provides detailed information on the options available to all prospective UMass graduate students. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all areas of graduate financial aid that may be available to them, including fellowship opportunities for foreign nationals and domestic students.

Research Assistantships through SPP

SPP also offers some financial aid in the form of paid research assistantships for students in the MPPA program. Available assistantships may be offered to highly qualified first and second year students. Along with a bi-weekly stipend, research assistantships may come with a tuition and curriculum fee waiver and paid health insurance. Research assistants primarily work with core professors within the department. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

To be considered for a SPP graduate research assistantship, you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid;
  • Apply by February 1; and
  • Indicate on your SPP application that you are interested in being considered for financial aid.

Program Costs

Costs for the MPPA program include tuition, university fees, health care costs and living expenses. A breakdown of all costs is available through the Bursar’s Office. When calculating tuition costs, please remember that the MPPA program requires the completion of 48 credits.