Master of Urban and Regional Planning

/ Value of a University of Michigan Degree

Earning a master’s degree from Taubman College is an investment in your future.  U-M strives to be an affordable choice for you through our variety of need-based aid and scholarship offerings.


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/ Key Dates and Deadlines

  Opening Date Deadline
FAFSA December March 31

/ Financial Aid

Taubman College is committed to making quality education affordable and achievable to all students.

Applying for Aid

In order to apply for aid, applicants who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Incoming Master of Urban and Regional Planning students are eligible for Taubman College merit-based scholarship awards; your application for admission to the school is the application for these awards. Admitted applicants are notified of their merit award in their admission letter. These scholarships are limited and range from $5,000 to full tuition.

/ Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Matching Available

Taubman College provides a one-for-one match (up to $10,000) for graduate degree-seeking students who enroll with a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

/ Estimated Cost of Attendance

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

  Michigan residents Non-Residents International
Fall + Winter Tuition $34,715 $50,744 $50,744
Mandatory Fees (2 Full Terms) $332 $332 $332
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Living (varies by student) $22,200 $22,200 $22,200
Health Insurance     $2,520
International Student Fee     $1000
Total Per Year $58,447 $74,476 $77,996

Note: Please check the University of Michigan Registrar's Office website for current tuition figures. The Registrar's Office is the authoritative source of tuition information for the University.

Tuition and Due Date Information

Student Financial Services manages student account billing and tuition collection at the University of Michigan. Visit their website to learn more about paying tuition and due dates.

/ Rackham Graduate School

Rackham distributes more than $50 million in funding to graduate students each year. About three-fourths of that is allocated to graduate programs to support students’ funding packages. The other roughly 25 percent is distributed through Rackham-administered fellowship and grant competitions. Students can apply directly for some of these awards, while others require a nomination from your graduate program. Visit the Rackham funding page for information and application deadlines.

/ Graduate Student Instructor Positions

All Taubman College graduate students are eligible for Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions after their first fall term at Michigan. The number of positions that are available depends on the program’s teaching needs for the particular term. GSI positions are very competitive. On average, over 100 students apply for approximately 30 positions.

Typically, a GSI position would cover 100% of tuition, provide a small stipend and health benefits during the term of appointment. 

/ International Students

Federal regulations and U-M policy limit the types of financial assistance available to international students. International students are not eligible for U.S. need-based federal financial aid. Taubman College has limited funding opportunities for international students. Your application to our school also serves as your application for our departmental awards. These are competitive, merit-based awards. In addition, some donor awards have specific applicant criteria. Applicants are notified of these awards in the letter of admission.

Additional funding resources for international students:

/ Residency

If you have questions about Michigan residency requirements, see the University of Michigan Residency Guidelines.

If there is any question about whether you are a resident of the State of Michigan, it is best to file a residency application as early as possible.

/ Spring Travel Grants​

Each spring semester, our faculty teach spring travel courses for credit. All students from Taubman College are guaranteed $1,500 in support for international travel and $1,000 for domestic travel.

/ How do M.U.R.P. Students Pay for Graduate School?

  • Federal and university financial aid: Funding considers financial need, and sources include grants, loans, and student employment. A completed FAFSA is required.
  • Taubman College funding: These merit scholarships are awarded by the school, generally at the time of admission.
  • GSA student employment: These competitive positions—Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)—often include a full-tuition waiver, health and dental benefits, and a monthly stipend. Positions are limited.
  • External funding: Fastweb, Pivot, and SPIN are three popular clearinghouses for student-centered grants offered by independent organizations.
  • Rackham funding (scholarships, fellowships, travel): Rackham Graduate School offers competitive grants similar to Taubman College funding.