Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate study is a major investment in your personal and professional future. Many students are able to secure funding through fellowships, scholarships, internship stipends, grants, work-study positions, graduate teaching assistantships, grader positions, research, and more. To learn more about the various funding options, please visit the relevant sections below.

Tuition and fees for the Batten graduate program can be found on the Student Financial Services website. See the cost breakdown and learn more about general financial aid from the University of Virginia. There are several forms that this financial support can take including loans

Merit-based Fellowships

Merit-based fellowships are the primary means by which the Batten School administers financial aid to its students. Admitted students need not submit any form of financial aid application to receive consideration for merit-based fellowships. The Batten School awards merit-based fellowships after a review of the materials submitted in the students’ application for admission.


While we do not administer assistantships as financial aid, they are available at the Batten School and have the practical effect of offering financial assistance to students through tuition remission and, often, stipends. Several faculty members hire graduate research assistants to support a number of different projects in different policy fields. The number of graduate research assistantships will fluctuate from year to year as the size and quantity of faculty grants changes in any given year. During the spring semester of the first year of the MPP program, students may apply for graduate teaching assistantships that will begin the following fall semester.

Need-based Fellowships

The Batten School administers several need-based fellowships, the most prominent of which are The Bocock-Hitz award and the Royster-Lawton Fellowship. The Bocock-Hitz award go to students entering the first year of the MPP program or the second year of the Accelerated MPP program.The Royster-Lawton Fund supports undergraduate and Accelerated/MPP students with demonstrated need and an interest in social entrepreneurship. Admitted students will receive information about applying for need-based fellowships during both semesters – spring and fall – preceding their year of eligibility. Other need-based awards are offered twice a year once all federal and UVA financial aid forms are completed.

Peace Corps and Americorps Alumni 

Batten places significant value on civic engagement and leadership experience. We honor fellowship programs for these extraordinary citizens, the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program and the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. 

Federally-subsidized loans and Federal Work Study

The University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services makes these awards. Learn more.

Public Sector Grants, Scholarships and Stipends. 

See the Batten School Admissions Office for a list of public sector scholarship, grants and stipends. Learn more.

Dual-degree students 

Tuition and fees will vary. In the year dual-degree students are recognized as a full time student in each program, students will be charged that school’s tuition rate. In the year that students are completing their degrees, tuition will be a blended rate, with one school charging an amount one semester and the other school charging its rate the second semester. 

Accelerated MPP students

In their first year at the Batten School (their final undergraduate year), students will continue to be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate. In the second year of the MPP, students will be charged graduate tuition rates. Accelerated MPP students are still considered undergraduates by the University during the first year of the MPP Program. Any financial aid during that first year is still handled through the University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services. The Batten School begins making financial aid available to students enrolled in the Accelerated MPP Program during the students’ second year of the program. Students will have access to need-based and merit fellowships, assistantships, Federally-subsidized loans, and Federal Work Study during their second year.