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Financial Assistance


The average cost of the program for students pursuing MPP full time, with in-state tuition, is $16,000.  All western state residents are eligible for in-state tuition plus 10% (see WRGP information below).  Part time attendence is slightly higher due to semesterly student fees.

Most MPP courses are charged at The University of Utah General Graduate Tuition rate (either resident or nonresident depending on your classification).  A $340/credit-hour tuition differential will be charged for the following classes:

  • PUBPL 6900 (Public Policy Research)
  • PUBPL 6910 (Internship)
  • PUBPL 6950 (Capstone)
  • PUBPL 6960 (Independent Study)
  • PUBPL 6000 (Econ Principles and Publ Pol Stats)*
  • PUBPL 6002 (Stat Packages for Public Policy)*

Students may also take courses in other departments that charge differential tuition in addition to the General Tuition Rate. You can learn more about tuition rates and differential tuition at The University of Utah Tuition and Fees Web Page.

*Class currently offered at a reduced differential rate of $200 but subject to change

WICHE States GraphicThe Master of Public Policy program is part of the Western Region Graduate Program.  As part of the student exchange program of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WRGP places students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.

To be included in WRGP, programs must be nominated by their institutions, peer reviewed by other graduate institutions in the West, and approved biannually by the Student Exchange Program Advisory Council, a policy body that represents all participating states.

Through WRGP, residents of the following states are eligible to enroll in available programs at reduced tuition rates: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

To receive the WRGP tuition rates, students apply directly to University of Utah's Master of Public Policy program and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants.  For more information, please click on the links above.

Graduate Assistantships

MPP Graduate Assistantship: The MPP program will be hiring a new Graduate Assistant - Research Focus (GR) for the 2023-24 academic year. Please find the announcement and application at the following links:

2023-2024 MPP GR Announcement (CLOSED)

2023-2024 MPP GR Application  (CLOSED)

Other Potential Graduate Assistantships

Tuition Benefit Notification Form: if you have recieved a tuition benefitted position (GA, RA, or TA) outside of the MPP program, please fill out this form and submit it to the Program Manager.

Kem Gardner Policy Institute: Pending University approval, the Gardner Policy Institute typically hires ~3 GR positions each year. Please visit their website for details and the applications. 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office 

University of Utah Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities

2023-2024 MPP Fellowships (Application available after December 1st, and due April 15th. Incoming students for the fall 2023 semester must submit admissions applications by February 15 to be elligible.)

The Graduate School Diversity Office

University of Utah's Scholarship Database

The Hinckley Institute of Politics offers two graduate scholarships - the Robert H. Hinckley Graduate Scholarship and the Abrelia C. Hinckley Graduate Scholarship.
University of Utah Alumni Association offers several scholarships. Graduates can apply for the Alumni Founders Day, Alumni Legacy, Alumni Non-traditional, and the Alumni Emeritus scholarships.
The University of Utah Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center offers scholarships and links for researching additional scholarship opportunities.
The University of Utah Chicano Scholarship awards are offered to students in recognition of family background, life challenges, scholastic effort and involvement in community activities that promote cultural pride and strengthen the Chicana(o)/Latina(o) Community. Learn more about the Chicano Scholarship Fund.

FLAS awards fellowships to graduate students who wish to combine language and area studies with their graduate program.  Eligible languages include: Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, and Quechua.  For more information visit:

FLAS for Latin American languages:

FLAS for Asian languages:

FLAS for Middle East languages:

David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship

To be considered for the David C. Williams Memorial Fellowship graduate students must be committed to writing a major paper or project, a masters thesis, or Ph.D. dissertation, that focuses on any combination of: ecosystem management and long-term sustainability; agencies would work together in such a system; and the challenges and privileges of planning for the stewardship of our precious national resources. Applications due Feb. 25 by 4 p.m.

The University of Utah Center for Disability Services offers several scholarships and provides links to additional scholarship opportunities.
The University of Utah offers several scholarships for current staff members.  Visit the Staff Scholarships website to apply. 
Last Updated: 2/6/24