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Tuition and Financial Aid

The online MSW requires:

  • The completion of 60 credit hours, at $1,018 per credit.
  • Tuition totals roughly $33,490 per year.

A number of opportunities exist to defray or cover the costs of earning your master’s degree in social work, including scholarships and financial aid, and we’re pleased to offer you detailed information on both.

Please contact our financial aid office at 800-335-3210 with questions or for additional information.

Scholarship Opportunities

National Association of Social Workers Foundation

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship awards scholarships of as much as $4,000 each to students who demonstrate a commitment to working within the Native American, Alaska Native and Hispanic-American communities. Eligible students must be members of the NASW and enrolled in an accredited Master of Social Work program.

The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship awards four $5,500 scholarships to students pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Students must demonstrate a commitment to serving the mental and physical health needs of the African-American community. Eligible students must be members of the NASW, be enrolled in an accredited Master of Social Work program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

National Association of Black Social Workers 

Recipients of these scholarships must have a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4-point scale. Students must also have demonstrated service to the community and express a research interest in the black community. Eligible students must be enrolled for full-time study at an accredited United States social work program in the semester the award will be granted. Several awards are available from the associations, including the following:

The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship is sponsored by Truth Initiative. Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students, with an emphasis on the reduction of tobacco use in priority populations. Awards are determined by community service in an underserved community, and the best use of art and media in raising awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco.

American Association of University Women Career Development Grants helps to support women who are working to take their careers to the next level. Women who are preparing to re-enter the workforce or change careers are encouraged to apply. Women of color as well as women who are working to attain their first graduate degree will be considered as primary candidates. All who apply must hold a bachelor’s degree that was received prior to June 30, 2008, and they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Grants funds are available for school supplies, tuition, dependent care, and local transportation.

American School Health Association scholarships provide financial assistance to students pursuing a degree with an emphasis on school health education. One graduate student and one undergraduate student will each receive a $250 scholarship. Through the Student Research Grants program, ASHA also provides financial support for students to complete research in areas related to the mission of ASHA. All student members of ASHA are eligible to apply.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids students who demonstrate active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a number of scholarships for persons of Hispanic background obtaining their graduate degree.

The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite the obstacles often put before them, to make a significant impact on society.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) provides financial assistance to Peace Corps volunteers who have successfully completed their service and are now seeking to attend graduate school.

Religiously Affiliated Scholarships

Many religious organizations set aside funds to support students who are pursuing careers in community service and social work. These programs are typically restricted to members of the faith in general, and often to members of specific congregations. Students interested in pursuing social work as a career should contact the leaders of their church, synagogue or other religious community for information on financial aid that may be available to help them pay for college.

These few examples will give an idea of the types of aid that may be available from within your religious community:

The Jewish Community Centers of North America Graduate Scholarship Program provides merit-based financial aid to Jewish students who are pursuing degrees in a number of fields that will lead to contributions to the Jewish community. Eligible students may receive up to $10,000 per year, for two years, while they pursue a graduate degree.

The United Methodist Scholarship Program is a church-wide educational service that provides financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students through various scholarships.

City Year Scholarship

City Year is proud to partner with the Tulane University School of Social Work, a leading graduate school focused on clinical-community practice and promoting social and economic justice with more than 6,000 alumni worldwide, offering 25 percent annual tuition scholarships. Learn more here.

Applying for Financial Aid

Learn more about applying for low-interest financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid.

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