Funding Sources for Graduate Students

The School of Architecture and the UNC Charlotte Graduate School aim to support as many of our graduate students as possible through a combination of research and teaching assistantships, tuition assitsance, stipends, and scholarships. Currently about 40% of our graduate students receive some kind of support from the School of Architecture

There are a number of merit-based awards that all accepted applicants are assessed for during the admission process. No seperate application is necessary. These are awarded to the most promising new graduate students. For 2-year MArch applicants, awards are based on prior academic and professional experience as well as skills and achievements in architecture. For 3+ MArch students, awards are based on academic achievement and promise. Admissions awards include:

  • Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP): These awards are for resident and international students and provide support for two or three years of tuition during the regular academic year. Each award also includes a yearly stipend. In past years this amount has been between up to $8000 and covers research assistant work with a faculty member or within one of the School of Architecture’s research labs - Digital Arts (DArts), City Building Lab (CBL), or the Integrated Building Design Lab (IBL). 

  • New Masters Student Assistantship and Merit Tuition Awards: These awards are for both resident and international applicants. The award reduces annual tuition liability by $1000 to $2000.  These awards also include a research assistant stipend, which varies in amount up to $6000 per year. 

All students are also evaulated prior to each Academic Year by the Office of Financial Aid and the Graduate School for the following need-based awards:

  • Graduate School Tuition Support (GSTS): These awards are for US citizens and permanent residents. The grants vary in amount and are based on unmet financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. To be considered for this award, prospective or continuing students must fill out a FAFSA. The School of Architecture does not administer or control these grants, which are distributed directly from the Graduate School.

Other awards the School of Architecture offers to new and continuing students include:

  • Research Assistantships: A number of limited research assistant stipends are also offered to continuing students without an accompanying tuition award. These awards vary in amount from $1000 to $3000 per year and typically are typically linked to one of the School of Architecture research labs.

  • Teaching Assistantships: Stipends for teaching assistantships are available for qualified masters students. The amount varies according to departmental needs for teaching but are typically $1000 to $1500 per semester. Assignments include: class administrative duties, mentoring and grading undergraduate students, and laboratory assistance.

  • School of Architecture Scholarships: There are also endowed School of Architecture scholarships that any matriculated student may apply for in the Fall semesters of their academic careers. These competitive awards range from $1000 to $2500 and are applied to Spring tuition. For more information, see the list of SoA Scholarship Opportunities and the SoA Scholarships FAQs.

Other sources of funding from the Graduate School, University, and external sources include: