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Tuition and Fees for the School of Social Welfare

The KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides up-to-date and accurate information regarding tuition and fees for KU School of Social Welfare undergraduates and graduates. 


Students are classified as resident or nonresident based on information provided on the application for admission. The determination of residency status is made by the Office of the University Registrar in accordance with Kansas regulations. This classification makes a difference in the cost of attending the School of Social Welfare. If you have questions about your residency status, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Tuition and fees for off–site courses are assessed at rates equal to resident tuition. KU considers on-campus locations to be the Edwards campus, the Lawrence campus, or KU Medical Center.   

KU Edwards Campus MetroKC

The KU Edwards Campus MetroKC rate offers in-state tuition rates to Missouri residents who qualify. No credit hour limit applies.

Financial Aid

To be eligible for financial aid, School of Social Welfare applicants should complete the admission application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The undergraduate (BSW) priority deadline is December 1 for freshmen and May 1 for transfers. The graduate priority deadline is March 1. We recommend filing the FAFSA ahead of those dates, even before receiving information about admission. For more information regarding financial aid visit the KU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship and KU Graduate Admissions.

NHSC Loan Repayment

To be eligible for up to $60,000 in an initial loan repayment award Corps members are required to practice full-time for at least two years or part-time for four years at an NHSC-approved site. An award of $30,000 is available for two years of half-time service. Approved sites are located across the country in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Visit the National Health Service Corps for more information.   


The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has several sources of financial assistance available to B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. students who meet the various criteria. Awards are made on an annual basis and are applied directly towards tuition and fees in most instances. All students interested in applying are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. All recipients are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and remain in good academic standing.

These awards are made possible through the generous support of friends and alumni of the School of Social Welfare and the KU Endowment Association. We are grateful to all of our donors who have contributed to make these awards possible and to the KU Endowment Association for their faithful stewardship of these resources.  

B.S.W. Specific Opportunities

Multicultural Scholars Program

The Multicultural Scholars Program Social Work (MSP-SW) increases retention and academic performance of undergraduate social work among students of color and first-generation college students, with a special interest in supporting transfer students from Haskell Indian Nations University and community colleges throughout Kansas.

Student scholars also meet as a group and provide peer support for one another as they progress in their academic studies. Promising pre-social work students who are of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and/or Indigenous backgrounds, as well as first-generation college students and/or transfer students should apply. Learn more about the Multicultural Scholars Program.


DEI Scholars

Two BSW students will be selected as DEI Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each Scholar will participate for one semester. Students will indicate their semester preference on the application. The Scholars will receive a $1,500 scholarship via their student account during the semester in which they are appointed. For more information, visit the DEI Scholars webpage.

M.S.W. Specific Opportunities

Integrated Health Scholars Program

The Integrated Health Scholars Program (IHSP)  provides a value-added educational experience for exceptional MSW students to develop knowledge and skills in integrated mental health, substance use, and primary health care services. The goal of the IHSP program is to expand the number of social work professionals prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in integrated healthcare settings in rural and urban medically underserved areas in Kansas.
Benefits of the Scholars Program

KU School of Social Welfare Integrated Health Scholars:

  • Receive a ten thousand dollar ($10K) scholarship for the advanced year
  • Complete a clinical field practicum offering interprofessional learning opportunities
  • Participate in enhanced training outside of the standard coursework to develop knowledge and skills to address mental health, substance use and physical health and wellness.

Scholars must be entering their advanced year field practicum of the MSW program (applying either as a current foundation student in good standing or incoming advanced standing student). 

The Integrated Health Scholars Program supports students attending all four MSW campuses. For more information, visit the Integrated Health Scholars Program webpage.

DEI Fellow for Racial Justice

One MSW student will be selected as a DEI Fellow for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Fellow will receive a $6,000 scholarship ($3,000 each semester) via their student account and a $1,000 research support budget. For more information, visit the DEI Scholars webpage.


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