Tuition and Financial Aid: Graduate Programs

Fund Your Future

Graduate study is a major investment in your personal and professional future. At the Batten School, we are committed to working with each student to explore all funding options.  Many students are able to secure funding through fellowships, scholarships, internship stipends, grants, work-study positions, graduate teaching assistantships, grader positions, research, and more. To learn more about the various funding options, please visit the relevant sections below.

For Academic Year 2020-2021, tuition and fees for in-state students is $29,714 and for out-of-state students is $53,612. In addition to tuition and fees, students must also consider the cost of books and supplies, housing, and other living expenses. You can review the Estimated Graduate Cost of Attendance during an academic year (nine months) and learn more about general financial aid from the University of Virginia on Student Financial Services’ website. This financial support can take several forms, including loans

Aid Information

Merit-based fellowships are the primary means by which the Batten School administers financial aid to its students. Admitted students need not submit any form of financial aid application to receive consideration for merit-based fellowships. The Batten School awards merit-based fellowships after a review of the materials submitted in the students’ application for admission.

While we do not administer assistantships as financial aid, they are available at the Batten School and have the practical effect of offering financial assistance to students through tuition remission and, often, stipends. Several faculty members hire graduate research assistants to support a number of different projects in different policy fields. The number of graduate research assistantships will fluctuate from year to year as the size and quantity of faculty grants changes in any given year. During the spring semester of the first year of the MPP program, students may apply for graduate teaching assistantships that will begin the following fall semester.

The Batten School administers several need-based fellowships, the most prominent of which are The Bocock-Hitz award. The Bocock-Hitz award go to students entering the first year of the MPP program or the second year of the Accelerated MPP program. Admitted students will receive information about applying for need-based fellowships during both semesters – spring and fall – preceding their year of eligibility. Other need-based awards are offered twice a year once all federal and UVA financial aid forms are completed.

Batten places significant value on civic engagement and leadership experience. We honor fellowship programs for these extraordinary citizens, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program and the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. 

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help meet the cost of education. Eligibility is based on financial need and must be earned through student employment. Many job opportunities are available to eligible students on or off Grounds. To request to be considered for FWS, choose this option on the intent page of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Annual award amounts can be up to $5,000 for graduate students. More information about FWS can be found on the University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services web page

Students with remaining financial need may take out student loans. You may apply by completing a FAFSA application. The University of Virginia’s school code is 003745.  Make sure to check out Common Application Errors to ensure your application for federal aid can be processed as quickly as possible.

When you apply for financial aid, you are automatically considered for Direct Loans. Graduate students who want to apply for a Direct Graduate PLUS loan will indicate on their University Financial Aid Application (UFAA). You will be prompted to complete the UFAA once you have completed the FAFSA.  

The University of Virginia participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. This program offers low-interest loans to dependent and independent, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in school at least half-time (minimum of six credit hours per semester) in a degree-seeking program. Student Financial Services certifies private loans that come from a private lending institution such as a bank or credit union. Entrance counseling is required for all first-time borrowers.

As you consider whether to accept part or all of the loans offered to you, please carefully consider the terms and repayment for each type of loan. The Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator is an excellent resource.

For more information, please visit the the 2020-2021 Academic Year Loans for Graduates.

Tuition and fees will vary. In the year dual-degree students are recognized as a full time student in each program, students will be charged that school’s tuition rate. In the year that students are completing their degrees, tuition will be a blended rate, with one school charging an amount one semester and the other school charging its rate the second semester. 

Graduate students are also eligible to apply for other part-time employment opportunities at the Batten School. The most common types of positions are:

  • Graduate Grader – Graders are responsible for grading student work and responding to student questions only. Hours per week varies based upon the course. 
  • Graduate Tutor – Tutors are responsible for working with students 1:1 for assistance in quantitative coursework when it is determined that the student needs more help than provided as part of the standard curriculum. Hours per week varies based on the tutor’s availability. 
  • Staff Assistant – Batten’s administrative units (e.g., Admissions, Communications) frequently hire graduate students to work 10-20 hours per week. Jobs are posted on an as-needed basis.

Students may also find employment within other parts of the University or in the local community. Per University policy, students may work no more than 20 hours per week in University jobs while school is in session.

In their first year at the Batten School (their final undergraduate year), students will continue to be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate; in the second year of the MPP, students are charged graduate tuition rates, which are higher than undergraduate tuition rates. Accelerated MPP students are still considered undergraduates by the University during the first year of the MPP Program, and any financial aid during that first year is still handled through the University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services. All graduate level financial aid is department- and School-based, and the Batten School begins making financial aid available to students enrolled in the Accelerated MPP Program during the students’ second year of the program. Students will have access to Batten-provided need- and merit-based fellowships and assistantships in addition to Federally-subsidized loans, and Federal Work Study during their second year.