There are many ways to fund your education. The application process, deadlines, and special requirements vary with each funding source. It is recommended that all domestic students apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants, loans, work study, graduate employment (GE) positions, and several scholarships are available.
The Department of Landscape Architecture offers scholarships to incoming and current students. Scholarships are both merit and need based. Scholarships for incoming students are awarded based on the recommendation of the MLA application committee with department head approval. Scholarships for continuing students are awarded based on the recommendation of the department’s scholarship committee with department head approval. Current students must apply to be considered for departmental scholarships in the coming academic year. Please note that not all scholarship funds are available each year.
Graduate Student Employment
For each incoming doctoral student, the department will provide a minimum of two academic years of graduate student employment (GE), which includes tuition and fee waivers, a stipend, and health insurance. Funding typically continues through the fourth year, contingent upon satisfactory progress. Students may also teach and participate in ongoing research.
The department typically offers 15 or more Graduate Employee (GE) positions per year to MLA students. These include recurring positions to assist faculty with teaching courses, as well as research and administrative positions when available. Positions are advertised in winter term for the coming academic year, and during the school year as the need arises. Both entering and returning graduate students are eligible to apply for these positions. Some of our MLA students have been awarded GE positions in other departments, such as biology and environmental studies. You can find university-wide GE opportunities through the Graduate School.
For information to help you estimate tuition costs, visit: UO Tuition Costs. Once there, select your status from the drop-down menus as either resident or non-resident and graduate along with the program you're interested in noted in parentheses.
To help graduate students in the studio disciplines plan for the costs of their master's or doctoral programs, the College of Design provides a tuition guarantee. Resident and nonresident graduate students majoring in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, art, or product design are eligible for the guarantee.
The tuition rates guaranteed for each student are based on the tuition rates for fall term of the student's first full year in a qualifying program and the summer thereafter. As long as the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward on-time graduation, the student will not be expected to pay tuition higher than the student's guaranteed rates.
Learn more about the Tuition Guarantee.
The Graduate School offers several fellowships and awards to UO graduate students. The Graduate School also provides links to external fellowships and awards, campus jobs, and general financial aid. Visit Graduate School Funding and Awards for information about eligibility and deadlines.
The Office of International Affairs has scholarships available to international students. Learn more at OIA’s International Student and Scholar Services for information about eligibility and deadlines. Information on funding sources for international students is also available through UO Admissions.
The UO's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers several funding opportunities.
External Funding Resources
There are many external scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to landscape architecture students. Some examples include:
Landscape Architecture Foundation: Sponsors numerous scholarships and fellowships for landscape architecture students. Deadlines, eligibility requirements, and funding amounts vary.
American Society of Landscape Architects: Maintains a national database of scholarships and fellowships, available to landscape architecture students.
Garden Club of America: Offers scholarships in landscape architecture as well as specialized fields within the discipline such as garden history and design, ecological restoration, and urban forestry. Deadlines, eligibility requirements, and funding amounts vary.
National Garden Clubs: Offers financial aid to students in fields of study related to horticulture and the environment. Links to state garden clubs have separate scholarships and awards.
University of Oregon Scholarships
A number of scholarships are available for international students who are enrolled at the UO. Visit International Student and Scholar Services for more information.
Native American Tribe Members
The UO Graduate School's Future Stewards Program provides up to two years (six regular terms in fall, winter, spring) of tuition support for new or continuing graduate students in masters or doctoral programs. Candidates must be enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe of Oregon or a Native American tribe that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries in parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon.
The Ecotrust Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate Native students who have an interest in environmental issues and attend the University of Oregon. Multiple scholarships will be awarded, ranging between $2,000 and $4,000. Awards are based on financial need and the applicant’s demonstration of their interest in supporting environmental issues within Native communities.
College of Design Scholarships
Scholarships in the College of Design are open for application by students who are enrolled majors within any of our disciplines. A select number of scholarships within certain disciplines are available for application by students who are applying for admission to a College of Design program.
The more than 110 scholarships in our college have been made possible by donations from private parties, both individuals and business organizations. Many are provided by alumni who have been moved to give back, and who want to be part of helping to support students today as they earn their own degrees.
Check with the office staff in your school and with the Student Services office in 105 Lawrence Hall in Eugene to learn more about what scholarships are currently available.