Financial Aid

Explore your financial aid options

SPEA offers both quality and affordability. Check out your many options for financial assistance below, and feel free to contact us directly to work out a personalized plan to meet your needs. We want to make our program possible for you. 

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Merit-based aid opportunities

SPEA Connect offers generous merit-based aid through a competitive award process each admission cycle to newly admitted students. Merit-based awards recognize the significant academic achievement and professional experiences of newly admitted students. 

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Applying for aid

All MPA applicants who apply by our priority application deadline will automatically be considered for SPEA Connect merit-based aid awards. Academic and professional achievements, recommendation letters, and personal statement responses are among the factors considered when selecting merit-based aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current term. 

Award notifications

SPEA merit-based award decisions are made independently from admission decisions — your admission notification will not be accompanied by an award offer. After each priority application deadline, we begin making merit-based aid decisions. You will be notified of your selection for an award about two weeks after the priority deadline closes.