Financial Aid

All students who expect to be reliant on any amount of financial assistance from Washington University to fund their graduate studies must apply for financial aid in January or early February. An application for financial aid will not influence decisions for admission to the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, so there is no penalty for seeking aid. Note that scholarship funding is limited. Priority for scholarships will be given to financial aid applications received on or before February 15.

Financial aid awards are based on separate 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. Applicants to the graduate programs and returning students who submit their financial aid applications after the deadline will reduce their chances for aid and may receive appreciably smaller awards than students who apply on time.

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:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
Washington University
Campus Box 1079 /Givens Hall 105
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Phone: 314.935.6227 or 800.295.6227 (within the continental United States)
Fax: 314.935.7656


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 2016-2017 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.

Scholarships, Loans & Assistanships

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 assistanships, 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 bi-weekly 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.