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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.

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 (March 1 is the priority deadline), even before receiving information about acceptance. Once notified of admission, complete and submit the School of Social Welfare financial assistance form referred to in the admissions materials. FAFSA materials can be obtained from all college or university financial aid offices or submitted online. The School of Social Welfare uses the FAFSA need determination level in making awards. For more information regarding financial aid visit the KU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship.

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 as well as a School of Social Welfare application by March 1. All recipients are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must renew their applications each year they wish to be considered.

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.

M.S.W. Specific Opportunities

Behavioral Health Scholars Program

The Behavioral Health Scholars Program offers a $10,000 scholarship for masters-level clinical social work students who are committed to behavioral health practice with at-risk adolescents and transition-age youth (16-25) with particular focus on integrated care. Scholars must participate in a designated field practicum in behavioral health that includes interdisciplinary practice with adolescents and/or transition-age youth as well as required training outside of standard coursework. A limited number of new Scholars will be selected for 2017-2018. Priority will be given to students in the Western Kansas M.S.W. Program. For more information, please click here Behavioral Health Scholars - Western Kansas M.S.W.

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