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Financial Aid

Consistently ranked as one of the best values in public higher education, Terps receive an affordable world-class education. To help you pursue your passions, the university offers an array of financial aid programs as part of our commitment to making an excellent education affordable. Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid to learn about types of aid available, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. 

Undergraduate Financial Aid Graduate Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available to students who are taking two courses per semester. Eligible students will need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Using the FAFSA, eligible students may be offered a Direct Federal Unsubsidized and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. These students are required to enroll for at least 24 units (6 credits) or more each semester. Please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure requirements.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Opportunities for scholarship provide not just funding for your education, but the chance to be part of a legacy. The School of Public Policy’s prestigious scholarship awards, generously endowed by members of our community committed to helping finance education, are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students each year. To apply for scholarships, please review the details below for available awards.

Undergraduate

Scholarships are available to incoming students and are awarded as part of the Admissions process. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available beginning February 26. Please review the criteria for each of the scholarships listed below and submit a separate application for each scholarship you wish to apply for. All scholarship applications for the ‘21-’22 academic year are due on Monday, March 15. 

Senator John A. Cade was one of Maryland's most extraordinary and exemplary public servants. As a member of the Maryland Senate from 1975-1996, his dedication to government, public service and education helped enhance the lives of his constituents.

"As much as any legislator, Jack Cade understood that it was education that made a difference. He was a champion for higher education funding throughout his career." --Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.

Eligible candidates must:

  • be a current Maryland resident
  • be a current School of Public Policy undergraduate student with at least one semester remaining
  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • have an interest in public service, government involvement, or political leadership.
Deadlines and Process

The application process for spring 2021 will open to current Public Policy undergraduates in April.

Rosalie Reilly was one of Maryland's most extraordinary and exemplary public servants who was a role model for young women entering politics and was a champion for educating young leaders as they prepared to enter public life. This fellowship was created to honor the memory of Ms. Reilly by enabling students to carry on her legacy of public service and leadership.

Eligible candidates must:

  • be available to serve at least 135 fellowship hours while enrolled at the University
  • have an interest in public service, government involvement, or political leadership
  • be an undergraduate or graduate student
  • be graduating Fall 2021 or later
  • have a 3.0 GPA or higher
About the Fellowship Project

The service work you do for the fellowship will be up to you, subject to department approval. Past recipients have often fulfilled their fellowship service requirement through an internship with a non-profit or in government. You may also opt to fulfill this requirement through an independent, civically oriented service project of your own design. You do not need to have your fellowship service commitment settled in order to apply for and be awarded the fellowship, however, upon notification of the award, you will have one week to sign and return the Fellowship contract.

Recipients of the Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial Fellowship agree to the following terms, conditions, and expectations:

  • 135 fellowship hours completed within one year of receiving notification of the award
  • Regular meetings and communication with Dr. Jennifer Littlefield, School of Public Policy, to discuss project completion/status updates
  • Project proposal (1 page) due 30 days after signed contract
  • Timeline of project (1 page) due 30 days after signed contract
  • A 4- to 5-page synopsis of project (directive questions will be provided in advance) due at project conclusion
Deadlines and Process

The application process for spring 2021 will open to current Public Policy undergraduates in April.

This fund will support incoming undergraduate students in the School of Public Policy.  Multiple awards will be given in the amount of $1,000 -  $2,000. 

Deadlines and Process

The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s undergraduate program between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021.

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This endowment supports outstanding students. Established by the Maryland National Capital business Industry Association, in honor of the retirement of the National Association of Home Builders President, Robert L. Mitchell.

Deadlines and Process

The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s undergraduate program between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021.

Graduate

With a range of prestigious fellowships, programs and assistantships, outstanding students have the opportunity to support their graduate study via merit-based awards. Opportunities for support range from generous gift-supported endowments to national, cohort-based programs that offer full fellowships. All domestic and international students can be considered for merit-based aid. 

Graduate fellowships from the School of Public Policy are available to incoming students and are awarded as part of the Admissions process. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available beginning February 26. Please review the criteria for each of the scholarships listed below and submit a separate application for each scholarship you wish to apply for. All scholarship applications for the ‘21-’22 academic year are due on Monday, March 15.

Alexander & Cleaver Fellowship Award
Established by the law firm of Alexander & Cleaver LLP to support economically-disadvantaged students of outstanding merit, who excel in a wide range of endeavors.

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Allen Schick Scholarship/Fellowship Fund
Established in honor of Professor Allen Schick, the fund helps Public Policy graduate students gain knowledge outside the classroom necessary to excel in their future policy career through an unpaid internship, study abroad experience, or other academic opportunities

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Susan Schwab Fellowship Fund
This fund is named after Ambassador Susan Schwab, former Dean of the School of Public Policy, and provides fellowship support for students pursuing activities related in internships that provide exposure to international issues.

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Jerry C. Lindh Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Jerry C. Lindh, the fund provides scholarship support for students who demonstrate academic excellence, are active in community service, and intend to dedicate their careers to our country's service.

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Steny Hoyer Regents Fellowship
Established by Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer to support outstanding students.

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Blair Lee III Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of Blair Lee III, who served as Maryland’s Secretary of State and Acting Governor, this fund provides fellowship support to outstanding students pursuing public sector financial management.

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

John J. Sexton Fellowship
Established in memory of John J. Sexton and his belief in the importance of a healthy political system, the fund supports students interested in and pursuing activities relating to state and local governments. 

Deadlines and Process: The application process for spring 2021 will be open for prospective students accepted to the School of Public Policy’s graduate programs between February 26, 2021 - March 15, 2021

Graduate awards are highly competitive, and we suggest you also visit the Graduate School for additional funding opportunities and external fellowships.

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Fellowships

Twice each year, SPP issues a call for applications for student fellowships. View the application.

Only one application is necessary to be considered for all fellowships, except the Robertson and Coverdell programs, which require separate applications. 

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The Robertson Foundation For Government - Robertson Fellows Program

Awarded annually to four outstanding students pursuing a career in the Federal Government in foreign policy, national security and/or international affairs

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Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Awarded annually to up to five students who satisfactorily completed Peace Corps service

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Graduate Assistantships

The School awards full and partial assistantships to meritorious students. Graduate assistants typically assist a professor with research or teaching or work in an administrative capacity in one of our offices or research centers. A typical assistantship covers some tuition expenses and provides a stipend to partially offset living expenses. Additionally, graduate assistants are charged tuition at the in-state rate and have the option to participate in a subsidized health insurance program and other benefits. (Available to U.S. and international students.)

Current Students

Each spring, SPP issues a call for applications for student fellowships that support currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate Public Policy students. The application period will open in April 2021.

Learn more about graduate assistantships

Internship Funding

Additional grants and scholarships are available to support SPP students' experienced-based learning in non-profit, community-based, and governmental organizations. Students enrolled full-time at the UMD School of Public Policy may spend up to one academic semester working part-time, or one summer working full-time, on projects that allow them to apply the analytical skills they gain in class to challenges faced by non-profit, governmental, and community-based organizations. Students are paid by SPP through funds set up by The William Donald Schaefer Internship Program and donor funding. These opportunities are available to U.S. and international students.

Learn more about internships funding opportunities here, or contact Bryan Kempton, Director of Career Services.

Learn more about internship funding

Certificates

Fellowship funding is available to cover a portion of certificate program tuition. To be eligible for fellowship funding, students will first need to be admitted into a graduate certificate program.

Intelligence Analysis

The Intelligence Analysis certificate fellowship requires a separate application, to be completed after you have applied for the program.

Apply for an Intelligence Analysis fellowship
Nonprofit Management and Leadership

TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program
As part of TIAA’s ongoing collaboration with the Do Good Institute and the School of Public Policy, admitted students can receive up to $7,000 toward the Nonprofit Management and Leadership certificate through the TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program. Students who apply to the Graduate Certificate program and are admitted will automatically be considered for the TIAA Fellowship. No separate fellowship application is required.

Alexander and Cleaver Fellowship Award

The law firm of Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. established the award in July 1998 to support outstanding students in the School of Public Policy who are economically disadvantaged, excel in a wide range of endeavors and demonstrate the promise of becoming tomorrow's leaders.

Allen Schick Scholarship Fund

Created in honor of Professor Allen Schick, the Schick Endowed Scholarship fund supports merit-based scholarships for graduate students in the School of Public Policy. This support helps SPP students gain the knowledge outside the classroom necessary to excel in their future policy career through an unpaid internship, study abroad experience, or other academic opportunities.

Blair Lee III Fellowship Fund

The Blair Lee III Fellowship was established by his family in 1988 to provide fellowship awards to one or more students in the School of Public Policy. Mr. Lee was the acting Governor of Maryland from 1977 to 1979 and served as Secretary of State of Maryland from 1969 to 1971.

CPT William P. Cole III Peace Fellowship Fund (USM)

The Cpt. William P. Cole III Peace Fellowship was established in 1982 in memory of Cpt. Cole, who was killed during World War II. The Fund provides fellowship assistance for research into the preventative measures of war and the development and preservation of peace among all nations.

Ellis E. Meredith Fellowship Fund

The Ellis E. Meredith Fellowship Fund provides annual support to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Public Policy.

Gladys Noon Spellman Fellowship Fund (USM)

Established by the family and friends of Congresswoman Gladys Noon Spellman, a dedicated public servant and champion for the people of the State of Maryland, the fund supports fellowships for students in the School of Public Policy.

Green Fellowship in Environmental Policy Fund

The Green Fellowship Fund provides tuition support for master's degree students in the School of Public Policy who are interested in pursuing environmental policy and intent to pursue a career in environmental policy at the federal level. It was generously established by the Green Fund in honor of Frances Kelley Green's efforts on behalf of the environment through education and enlightened public policy.

James F. Hoobler Fellowship Award Fund (USM)

Created in memory of distinguished alumnus, Dr. James Hoobler (MA `67, Ph.D. `80), the James F. Hoobler Fellowship award supports an annual award for a student pursuing a graduate degree emphasizing public policy and management either in the School of Public Policy or the Department of Government and Politics.

Jerry C. Lindh Memorial Scholarship Fund (USM)

The Jerry C. Lindh Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, are active in community service, and intend to dedicate their careers to our country's service.

John J. Sexton Fund (USM)

Established by friends and family of John J. Sexton in 1983, this fellowship is used to support students in the School of Public Policy and, in particular, to fund activities relating to state and local governments. The purpose of this fellowship is to help increase the understanding of students and the public of the importance of a healthy political system.

Joseph D. Tydings Fellowship Fund (USM)

The Joseph D. Tydings Fellowship was established in December 1984 to support a fellowship in the School of Public Policy. Joseph Tydings is an emeritus trustee and former member of the Board of Regents. As a student at Maryland, he was an outstanding lacrosse player. He is also the step son of the late Millard E. Tydings, the namesake of the building that houses the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Millard E. Tydings Regents Fellowship Fund

Created in the memory of the late Senator Millard E. Tydings, this fellowship supports a public policy graduate student each year to further his life-long dedication to public and civil service.

Rhonda M Williams Graduate Fellowship Fund

Rhonda M. Williams joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1986 as an assistant professor of Afro-American studies and economics. While serving as director of the Afro-American Studies Program, Dr. Williams was widely published and was an active consultant and instructor in curriculum transformation. She spent nine years working with the Afro-American Studies Program’s Multicultural Teacher Education Training Institute for Prince George's County public school teachers. In her honor, this fund supports BA/MPP students in their final year of study at Maryland.

Robert L. Mitchell Leadership Scholarship Fund

The Robert L. Mitchell Leadership Fellowship Endowment Fund supports undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Policy. The Robert L. Mitchell Leadership Fellows Endowment was initially established as the Robert Mitchell leadership Scholarship Fund in February 2001 by the Maryland National Capital business Industry Association, in honor of the retirement of the National Association of Home Builders President, Robert L. Mitchell.

Steny Hoyer Regents Fellowship Fund (USM)

Established by Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Hoyer Regents Fellowship Fund supports outstanding graduate students within the School of Public Policy.

Susan C. Schwab Fellowship Fund

Named after former School of Public Policy Dean, Ambassador Susan Schwab, this fund provides fellowship support for students in internships that provide exposure to international issues.

William Donald Schaefer Chair and Internship Program in Public Policy

The William Donald Schaefer Internship Program was established in honor of William Donald Schaefer in 1994 as the Schaefer Chair within the School of Public Policy. He was the former Governor of the State of Maryland, Mayor of Baltimore City, and Comptroller of the State of Maryland during his over fifty-year career in public service. The internship program was established to provide School of Public Policy students the experience they need to excel in future policy careers.

Willard Hackerman Endowed Assistantship

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company established the Willard Hackerman Endowed Public Policy Graduate Assistantship in December 2001 to provide graduate assistantships for research related to housing and community development and related public policy issues.

Alan and Dafna Fleichmann Fellowship Fund

The Alan and Dafna Fleichmann Fellowship Fund was established to provide fellowship support to a current public policy student.

Catherine M. Kelleher Fellowship Fund for International Security Studies

The Kelleher Fellowship Fund provides full support to international security policy graduate students who further the role of women in the field.

The Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial Fellowship

Rosalie Reilly was one of Maryland's most extraordinary and exemplary public servants who was a role model for young women entering politics and was a champion for educating young leaders as they prepared to enter public life. This fellowship was created to honor the memory of Ms. Reilly by enabling students to carry on her legacy of public service and leadership.

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Joseph W. Rogers Fellowship Fund

The Joseph W. Rogers Fellowship fund was established to provide fellowship support to a current public policy student.

SPP Alumni Internship Program Fund

The SPP Alumni Internship Fund was established to support current SPP students as they gain experiential knowledge through unpaid internships. Whether they intern in the federal government, a non-profit organization, or an NGO, our students venture outside the classroom and gain the knowledge to excel in their future policy career.

TIAA Nonprofit Management Fellowship Fund

TIAA, a leading financial services provider, and the School of Public Policy’s Do Good Institute (DGI) will collaborate on helping to shape the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. The collaboration will focus on three core themes – thought leadership, fellowships and mentoring aimed at connecting the nonprofit heritage of TIAA to the mission of DGI.