Costs and Financial Assistance
Program costs consist of
tuition, off-campus and IT fees, the cost of books and supplies, and an
initial program fee which covers the preparatory program, including the
required non-credit course, Writing for Social Workers. Tuition,
off-campus and IT fees are set by the University each July. Students may
calculate approximate semester cost by using the tuition calculator
and entering 6 or 9 credits for off campus study, as that is generally
the Intensive Weekend semester course load, up to 60 credits for the
full program and 39 credits for advanced standing. The fee for Writing
for Social Workers is $1,000.
Tuition and other fees are
billed by the University when the student is registered. The fee for
Writing for Social Workers is billed separately and payable directly to
the School of Social Work.
If the student applies for and is awarded financial aid, the award is
applied to university charges, but not to the initial program fee.
Students must pay this fee directly, but may plan to do so with refunds
from the financial aid award, after it is applied to tuition and
university fees. Students should estimate overall financial needs for
the academic year to include this initial fee and the cost of their
books and supplies.
A non-refundable fee of $200 is required to accept admission. This fee is applied towards the program costs.
See MSW Admissions
information about admission requirements and links to information about
tuition and university fees, estimating cost of attendance, and financial aid
The prospective student should discuss their interest in seeking
admission to the program with their employer and explore options
available at the employing agency. Financial support of the employing
agency is not a condition of acceptance to the program, but support for
the student's candidacy and opportunities for field education are
integral to the student's success in the program.
Financial aid, generally educational loans, is available for study, and
students are encouraged to apply early. Students are advised to submit
a FAFSA application at the time of applying to the MSW program to avoid
delays in processing financial aid. Students should indicate their
intention to attend graduate school full-time on this application.
(Students will be registered for 9 credits during most semesters,which
is considered full time attendance in graduate school, but may be
registered for fewer credits, depending on their course needs). If the
student is admitted, they should promptly fulfill all documentation
requirements to avoid delays in processing their award.
Students may also wish to explore the availability of loan redemption for social services professionals through the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority