Financial Assistance

The FSU College of Social Work makes every effort to assist well-qualified students in obtaining financial assistance through scholarships, grants, and graduate student assistantships. We also encourage all students to apply to the FSU Office of Financial Aid for university-administered aid. Students should carefully evaluate their capabilities for meeting living expenses and educational costs and arrange their financing through resources such as savings, part-time employment, agency and foundation stipends, and loans.

College of Social Work Scholarships (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

The College offers a variety of scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students. Beginning Spring 2019, FSU has implemented a new scholarship application system. Any currently enrolled College of Social Work student (BSW, MSW, and PhD- this includes current BSW students seeking application for the MSW program in Fall 2019) will be able to apply through accessing the following application portal:

Please keep in mind that the application portal is now available and will close at 11:59 PM EST on February 28, 2019. Unless otherwise noted, disbursement of the scholarship funds will be for Fall 2019 and is contingent on enrollment in that term.  Should you have any questions about the scholarships or application process, please reach out to the College of Social Work scholarship coordinator Alli Dillon, Additionally, please view the links below for scholarship descriptions, application information and instructions: 

University Financial Aid Programs (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

All College of Social Work applicants for financial aid are also expected to apply to the FSU Office of Financial Aid. Direct questions to (850) 644-5871. All long-term loans are low-interest loans with repayment deferred until the student graduates, withdraws, or changes his/her status as a full-time student. Short-term loans are available for emergencies only and must be repaid within 90 days. The Office of Financial Aid also offers resources for finding a wide variety of scholarships here.

Federally Insured Loan Program (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

Through this arrangement, a student can obtain a loan through a bank or credit union and the Federal Government will provide the guarantee of the loan. The government will pay interest to the lender while the student is enrolled and for nine months following termination of studies. Loan repayment will begin nine months after a student terminates school. Applications take a minimum of six weeks to process after approval by the lending institution. For additional information, contact the FSU Office of Financial Aid. Visit their website at

Loan Forgiveness Program for Social Workers (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

This program is for social workers working in public or private nonprofit child or family service agencies providing services to high-risk children and families from low-income communities or social workers providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities in public or private nonprofit agencies under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This program is also available for teachers, nurses, law enforcement professionals. Click here for more information.

Florida State University Fellowships (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

Florida State University offers a variety of fellowships and grants, including university fellowships, presidential fellowships, college teaching fellowships and gubernatorial fellowships. Visit the Division of Undergraduate Studies Office of National Fellowships and The Graduate School’s Fellowships and Grants page for more information.

Fellowships for Minorities and Women (BSW, MSW & Ph.D.)

The Graduate School at FSU offers fellowships for minorities and women. Additional minority fellowship opportunities include:

College Work Study Program (BSW & MSW)

The FSU Financial Aid Office administers this program, sponsored by the Federal Government. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time (a minimum of 12 hours) and in good academic standing. Students accepted to this program are assigned to work part-time as student assistants. Whenever possible, social work students are assigned to the College of Social Work. New students should apply by March 1. Click here for more information.

Returning Student Scholarship (BSW & MSW)

Through Florida State’s Center for Academic and Professional Development, these scholarships were established to provide financial assistance to deserving adults who wish to return to school on a part-time basis and are awarded based on meeting the established criteria.  Click here for more information.

College of Social Work Graduate Assistantships (MSW)

Graduate assistantships are awarded to full-time students by academic merit (GPA, GRE). There are a limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers available, but priority is given to in-state applicants. Recipients of stipends from the university (both fellowships and assistantships) must be full-time students and registered for at least nine semester hours. Students in full-time field placements are not eligible for assistantships. Submissions will be accepted via E-Mail ( , Fax (850) 644-9750, or upload as an additional document to the graduate application. Click here for the application [PDF]

City Year Alumni Scholarship (MSW)

City Year and Florida State University College of Social Work partnered to offer a nine graduate credit hours tuition waiver. Two scholarships are awarded annually to City Year alumni. Click here for more information. Submissions will be accepted via E-Mail ( , Fax (850) 644-9750, or upload as an additional document to the graduate application. Click here for the application [PDF]

Peace_corps_logo16.svg_.pngU.S. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship (MSW)

The U.S. Peace Corps and Florida State University College of Social Work partnered to offer the Coverdell Fellowship, a credit hours tuition waiver for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Click here for more information. If you are applying for the Coverdell Fellowship, in addition to the graduate application, you must submit an asistantship application. Submissions will be accepted via E-Mail ( , Fax (850) 644-9750, or upload as an additional document to the graduate application. Click here for the application [PDF]

Additional Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students (MSW & Ph.D.)

The Graduate School at Florida State University maintains an extensive list of funding opportunities for graduate students. Click here to learn more.

Grant-Funded Support for Doctoral Students (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students often have a number of opportunities for grant-funded work. Experienced faculty members invite students to work on their funded research projects as Research Assistants, providing invaluable research experience. Students frequently find dissertation topics in these research experiences.

Click here for a complete list of doctoral program financial assistance opportunities [PDF]

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