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Tuition & Aid

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.

KU Office of Financial Aid


Students are classified as Kansas resident or out-of-state resident 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–campus credit courses are assessed at rates equal to resident tuition. The School of Social Welfare Partnership Sites are classified as off-campus; therefore, courses taken at these locations will be charged at the resident tuition rate. KU considers on-campus locations to be the Edwards campus, the Lawrence campus, or KU Medical Center; therefore, your residency status will determine your tuition charges.    

KU Edwards Campus MetroKC Rate

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

Calculate Costs

Use KU's cost calculators to estimate costs for your degree program and get a customized financial snapshot that includes potential financial aid and scholarships.
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BSW Students attending Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

Financial Aid

Feb. 1 is the priority date for KU undergraduate students to file a FAFSA. March 1 is the recommended FAFSA filing date for graduate students interested in financial aid or scholarships.

Understanding Financial Aid
Student at Edwards Campus


The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has several sources of financial assistance available to BSW, MSW and PhD students who meet various criteria. Awards are made on an annual basis and are applied directly toward tuition and fees in most instances.

KU Social Work Scholarships


KU belongs to an invitation-only group of the top 69 research universities in North America called the Association of American Universities. Our tuition costs are much lower than most AAU institutions, making a KU degree a smart and valuable investment.

Hanna Festa 2020 BSW graduate

The BSW at KU has given me friendships & support that will last a lifetime. I have loved every second of my time here & am excited to continue my education at KU while I pursue my MSW.

Hanna Festa
2020 BSW Graduate
Alexandria Williams

I am so grateful for the community of people I got to connect with during my time at KU. I've made some great friends and memories here, and I'm sad to leave, but I'm so excited to see what my future holds! RCJH!

Alexandria Williams
2020 MSW graduate
Jared Barton and his two daughters and doctoral diploma

The opportunities presented to me exceeded what I thought was possible. I'm proud and honored to work along with those committed to justice and a better world and am grateful to be a Jayhawk forever! Rock Chalk!

2020 Doctoral Graduate

NHSC Loan Repayment

The National Health Service Corps offers programs that can repay part or all of a student's school loan debt. Learn about benefits, eligibility and application requirements.
National Health Service Corps

Aid Application & Filing Deadlines

Dec. 1
Priority application deadline for incoming KU freshman to be considered for KU scholarships
Feb. 1
FAFSA filing priority date for undergraduate students
Mar. 1
All students should file the FAFSA by our March 1 to be considered for financial aid and School of Social Welfare scholarships

Study Social Work at KU

KU's School of Social Welfare offers social work degree programs at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels: BSW, MSW, DSW and PhD. Learn more.