A grad student presents her thesis to an audience
Yangxue Deng presents her thesis
Sam Toland presents his thesis


Each year, the department typically receives twenty-two assistantships. All applicants are considered for an assistantship; no separate application is required. 

A graduate assistantship consists of a waiver of up to 100% of the Instructional fee, up to 50% of the basic general fee, and up to 100% Out of State charges, if applicable.  Additionally, graduate assistants receive a stipend, paid monthly during the academic year. Graduate assistants may also receive a summer scholarship if they are registered for classes or conducting supervised research. In exchange for the stipend and waivers, graduate assistants are expected to assist in the department for 8-20 hours per week, depending upon the amount of their stipend. Graduate Assistantships are renewable for up to two years. 

All graduate award holders are required to register for 9-15 credit hours per semester. Waiver and stipend amounts are subject to change. For more information about assistantships visit the Graduate Student Handbook.

Continuing Student Scholarships

At the conclusion of each academic year, the Department of Architecture + Interior Design makes several merit- and need-based awards to continuing students. All returning students are eligible for these awards; they do not need to apply. However, where financial need is a criteria in any specific scholarship, the FAFSA form must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance in order to demonstrate this need.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Assistance handles all sources of need-based financial assistance. These include federal loans and work study programs. To be eligible for all programs, you must complete the FAFSA.

For more information about all programs, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance.