FINANCIAL AID FAQ's
How much does the program cost per year?
Each academic year, the tuition and fee rates change. Here are the links to the current tuition and fee rates for the 2013-2014 Academic Year (please note that Architecture is in the College of Fine and Applied Arts):
Illinois Resident Student Rates
Non-Illinois Resident and International Student Rates
Do you offer financial aid within the School of Architecture?
Aid for Undergraduate Students is offered in the form of scholarships. Applications for annual departmental scholarships can be found in the Student menu.
Aid for Graduate Students is offered in the form of assistantships and fellowships. Materials submitted at the time of application to an Illinois School of Architecture graduate program serve as an application for all available fellowships. Applicants and students are awarded fellowships on the basis of merit. Assistantships are applied for each Spring upon the receipt of admission applications. Assistantships are awarded to about 1/8th of our graduate student population.
What type of waiver is offered with assistantships?
For Master of Architecture and Master of Science students, Graduate Assistantships held within the Illinois School of Architecture carry a base rate tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. Most assistantships in the school are awarded at 25% time, requiring an average of 10 hours of work each week of the appointment.
Graduate Assistantships held by PhD students carry a full rate tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. PhD student assistantships vary from 25% to 50% time, requiring an average of 10 to 20 hours of work each week of the appointment, depending on percentage of appointment.
What are the requirements for assistantships?
All students applying for assistantships must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must maintain a strong academic record while holding the assistantship. International students must have at least a 24 on the speaking sub section of their TOEFL or an 8 on the speaking sub section of their IELTS. Students who do not have these scores will have the opportunity to take the EPI (English Placement Interview) through our Center for Teaching Excellence (http://cte.illinois.edu/testing/oral_eng/main.html). These are available for a limited time every semester and in the summer.
What type of waiver is offered with Fellowships?
Students awarded a fellowship receive a full tuition waiver and a waiver of some fees, as well as a monthly stipend (which varies with each fellowship).