Financing a Degree

Developing the professional skills to empower communities to thrive does require an upfront investment, and we recognize that for some this will present an obstacle. When evaluating how to pay for a master’s degree, prospective students should know that there are a number of resources available to them, including tuition assistance from their employers, external scholarships, and student loan programs.

Tulane University financial aid awards for qualified online students reflect expected total costs associated with tuition, fees, and books. Consideration for an allowance of any other expenses requires the completion of a Tulane Financial Aid “Adjustment Form” and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Additional documentation is often requested before finalizing a decision.

Tuition for both the MSW and MSW/MS-DRL is $1,140 per credit hour plus an academic support service fee of $60 per credit hour.

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MSW Cost per Credit:


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MSW Tuition

Traditional program: $68,400 Advanced Standing program: $50,160

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MSW/MS-DRL Tuition


How to Apply for Aid for the MSW Program

Prospective students should follow the steps outlined in the 2020-2021 ONLINE SOCIAL WORK FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST and use this tool to complete all the necessary steps to obtain their financial aid in a timely manner.

Additional Financial Aid Information

For additional information on financial aid from Tulane, we invite prospective students to visit our Financial Aid page here.

View a tuition breakdown for the online MSW program here

External 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:

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 a career in social work should contact the leaders of their churches, synagogues, or other religious communities for information on financial aid that may be available to help them pay for college. These few examples will give students an idea of the types of aid that may be available from within their religious communities:

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.